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[ecrea] Call for Applications: Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School

Wed Mar 14 18:01:46 GMT 2018

Call for Applications: Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School

Organized and hosted by the Dipartimento delle Arti, University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, and Wesleyan University

Deadline: May 10, 2018, at 11:59 PM CET.

Open to: Graduate and Post Graduate Students with a background in Media Studies, Italian Studies, Film Studies, American Studies, Cultural Production, and similar degrees.


The Department of Arts of the University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, and Wesleyan University, invites applicants for the 2018 Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School, to be held in Bologna (Italy) from June 18 to 23, 2018.

In its inaugural convening, Mediating “Italy in Global Culture” seeks to work with a group of graduate and post-graduate students to develop a set of methodological tools and materials useful for studying the forms of distribution, circulation, and reception that “mediate” the Italian audiovisual culture in other national contexts, primarily in the United States. In addition to lectures and discussions of pre-assigned readings, this week-long program will also give students the opportunity to present and discuss their research with peers and faculty.

Lectures, meetings and seminars will focus on the mediatic representations most commonly related to Italy, as well as on their reworking by cultural industries, grassroots fandoms, and opinion makers. The program will also explore the consumption of these representations by not only general and mainstream audiences but also those that are more targeted and defined. We will concentrate on the intricate interweaving of film, television, and media products with reference also to the ways that other cultural and industrial sections (e.g., cooking, fashion, and design) play a role. For the ways it popularizes and mediates the re-reading and re-framing of Italy’s representation worldwide, the North American context – and especially the US – plays privileged, pivotal role.

To get at the re-framing and re-circulation of the representation of the “Made in Italy” audio visual products, lectures and seminars will explore a variety of media, including:

Italian cinema (and its circulation in movie theaters, in festivals, and on digital platforms);

Italian television (prestige series, specific formats, and animated series for girls and tweens);

Transmedial phenomena (drawing on connections between fashion, advertising, and photography to publishing adapted by cinema and TV series, as in the cases of /Gomorra /or the work of Elena Ferrante).

Activities include meeting with /Gomorra /and /La mafia uccide solo d’estate /head writer Stefano Bises and visits and guided tours to institutions as Cineteca di Bologna and Fashion Research Foundation. Students will present and discuss their ongoing research, with daily workshops devoted to specific topics, perspectives, and media.


The cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 200 euros. Tuition includes free access to Wi-Fi on the university campus, access to the libraries and university facilities, and the organized visits.

Accommodations, meals, and transportations are not included.


The deadline for applications is May 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM CET.

Applicants are required to fill out and submit the online application form and upload a full CV and a Motivation Letter. More detailed instructions and the link to the online form can be found at this website Further information on the Summer School themes and courses can be found on the official website: Specific inquiries can be addressed to darvipem[dot]mediatingitaly[at]unibo[dot]it or to Dr. Luca Barra, luca[dot]barra[at]unibo[dot]it.

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