My area of research is cinema studies, more specifically, audiences, film programming, and exhibition. I have been working for the last few years on memories of cinema-going in post-war Italy and Europe as well as on applied digital humanities tool into film studies. I am currently also working on film popularity, exhibition strategies and cinema typologies in Europe. I run the Audience Research Group (TAP) where scholars at the cutting edge of audience studies discuss their research.
Research group membership
2016- Present Date: Coordinator of the HoMER Research Network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception)
2013-2016 Consultant in a project on ‘The role of Italian cinema in the process of negotiation of the social and religious conflicts of the years 1945-1960’ (funded by the University of Milan and the Ministry for the University and Research).
2013 - Present Date Member of the DICIS – Digital Cinema Studies (funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO).
2014 - Present Date Editorial Board member of the Journals COGENT (Taylor and Francis) and Schermi
Research grants and awards
Winner of the AHRC Standard Research Grant for the project 'European Cinema Audiences. Entangled Histories and Shared Memories'. Role: Principal Investigator
Winner of the AHRC Follow-on Funding Impact & Engagement for the project ‘Mapping cinema experience as living knowledge across Italy's generational divide’ (ICAMAP). Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND European Research on the Historical Experience of Cinema Going. Role: Steering Committee member.
Winner of the British Academy/Leverhulme Fellowship for the project ‘Mapping European Cinema: a comparative project on cinema-going experiences in the 1950s’. Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the AHRC Research Grant for the project ‘In Search of Cinema Audiences in 1940s and 1950s Italy’. Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the project ‘In Search of Cinema Audiences in 1940s and 1950s Italy: An Oral History Project in Rome’. Role: Principal Investigator.
I am currently:
- Leading the project 'European Cinema Audiences. Entangled Histories and Shared Memories' (www.europeancinemaaudiences.org), a comparative research project that explores European film cultures in the 1950s. The project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (2018-2021) is led by Oxford Brookes University, Ghent University, and De Montfort University. It stems from the British Academy / Leverhulme fund that we won in 2016.
My research works through a cultural and social lens, employing participatory methods and collaborative approaches to investigate complex historical and contemporary challenges within national and transnational cultures. My contribution to research is, however, not been limited to the academic world, as the common thread running through my scholarly activities is a unique interest in engaging local communities as full partners in my research. As part of my audiences study, I have been at the forefront of the development and organization of public engagement events across Europe.
Through a programme of community outreach, I have worked with schools and libraries to promote intergenerational engagement in Italy’s cultural heritage, enabling different generations of cinema-goers to take control of their shared cultural heritage in order to become the living curators of a virtual archive of the cinema-going experience.