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My research has developed along two complementary trajectories, both of which have found important international recognition (significant grants, invitations to present at international conferences, articles in peer-reviewed academic journals).

The first trajectory reconstructs the institutional and cultural politics through which the Catholic Church controlled and exploited cinema throughout the previous century; the second analyses the role played by cinema in the redefinition of gender identity, and in the management of cultural conflicts surrounding the issue of sexuality in Italy, between the 1940s and ’70s.

Interpreted together, these two avenues of research – and in particular the work funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – delineate a historiographic building site for the themes of power and identity (especially as regards religious and gender identities).

From this perspective, my research has consistently studied the role played by the media in activating and negotiating normative discourses in individual experiences. The challenge that I have set myself is to integrate analyses of institutional power and cultural influence, and their respective scholarly traditions (history of institutions on the one hand, and cultural history on the other) into a single, experimental model, through the lens of film history. The nexus that connects the various research projects that I have coordinated and completed over the past few years is therefore the motif of “cinema as a historical agent”, that is, as a tool that (in its own, unique way) has mediated the “historical apparatuses of power that form identities”.


EDUCATION
2006 PhD in History of Visual and Performing Arts (Film History), University of Pisa. Supervisor: Lorenzo Cuccu.
CURRENT POSITION
2017-present Associate Professor in Film Studies, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Milan.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS
2008-2017 Assistant Professor (“ricercatore”) in Film Studies, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Milan.
2006-2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (“assegnista di ricerca”) in Film Studies, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Milan.
DIRECTION OF COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS
2017-present PI of the “National Interest Research Project” (PRIN-2015) Love Meetings. Cinema and Sexuality in Italy (1948-1978). Grant awarded: €492,449.
2014-2017 PI of the “National Interest Research Project” (PRIN-2012) The Role of Italian Cinema in the Negotiation of Religious and Social Conflict between 1945 and the Sixties. Grant awarded: €252,542.
TEACHING ACTIVITIES
2008-present Bachelor-level courses in Film History, University of Milan.
2017-present Masters-level courses in Visual Culture, University of Milan.
ORGANIZATION OF RESEACH EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
2017 Francesco da Assisi: storia, arte, mito [Francis of Assisi: History, Art, Mythology] (in collaboration with Marina Benedetti, full professor of Medieval History at the University of Milan), University of Milan (organized in the framework of the project Francesco da Assisi: storia, arte, mito, PI: Tomaso Subini) (proceedings in Tomaso Subini, Marina Benedetti, eds., Carocci, Rome, forthcoming autumn 2018).
2016 I cattolici e il cinema in Italia tra gli anni ’40 e gli anni ’70 [The Catholics and Cinema in Italy between the ’40s and ’70s], University of Milan (final conference of the PRIN 2012, PI: Tomaso Subini). The event involved fifty scholars from thirty Italian and international universities, who presented research informed by the database emerging from the PRIN.
2015 I cattolici tra immagine sacra e religiosa. Casi di studio sul cinema e la televisione in Italia tra gli anni ’40 e gli anni ’70 [The Catholics, between Sacred and Religious Images. Case Studies of Cinema and Television in Italy between the ’40s and the ’70s], University of Milan (in the framework of the 2012 PRIN, PI: Tomaso Subini).
2015 La censura dell’osceno in Italia tra gli anni ’40 e gli anni ’70 [Censorship of the Obscene in Italy between the ’40s and the ’70s] (in collaboration with Mauro Giori) University of Milan (in the framework of the 2012 PRIN, PI: Tomaso Subini).
2014 I cattolici e il cinema in Italia tra gli anni ’40 e gli anni ’70 [The Catholics and Cinema in Italy between the ’40s and the ’70s], University of Milan (opening conference of the PRIN 2012, PI: Tomaso Subini).
2006 Cronaca di un secolo concluso. I tre Heimat di Edgar Reitz [Chronicle of a Concluded Century. The Three Heimats by Edgar Reitz] (proceedings in Tomaso Subini, ed., Cronaca di un secolo concluso. La trilogia di “Heimat” di Edgar Reitz, Temi, Trento 2007), University of Milan.
SELECTED ISTITUTIONAL RESPONSABILITIES
2017-present Member of the lecturing staff of the Master’s degree (Magistrale) in communication studies (University of Milan).
2016-present CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF (with Prof. Mariagrazia Fanchi and Prof. Giacomo Manzoli) of the academic journal «Schermi: storie e culture del cinema e dei media in Italia», published by the University of Milan, in collaboration with the University of Bologna and the Catholic University of Milan.
2015-present Member of the University Commission for Open Access at the University of Milan. Departmental coordinator of the promotion and awareness of Open Access culture, Open Data and Research Integrity.
2010-present Member of the lecturing staff of the PhD in cultural and environmental heritage (University of Milan).
2008-present Member of the lecturing staff of the Bachelor’s in communication studies (University of Milan).

ON-GOING GRANTS

Project Title Funding source Amount Period Role Experience
Love Meetings. Cinema and Sexuality in Italy (1948-1978) PRIN Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research €492,449 05/02/2017
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05/02/2020
PI Experience coordinating a large research group, consisting of four operative units.

Experience studying the historical power apparatuses that shape identity.


PAST GRANTS

Project Title Funding source Amount Period Role Experience
The Role of Italian Cinema in the Negotiation of Religious and Social Conflicts PRIN Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research €252,542 08/03/2014
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08/03/2017
PI Experience managing a large-scale research project, development of digital tools, experience studying the historical power apparatuses that shape religious identity. As PI, I managed a research group that had three objectives:

  1. to collect, catalogue and archive historical documentation regarding the project themes;
  2. the study, organization and summarization of collected materials;
  3. to publish the results of the research.

I supervised the collection and organization of the content hosted in the database, available (with credentials) at: http://users.unimi.it/cattoliciecinema/view/log.php. This resource archives photographic reproductions of over 7,000 previously unstudied documents from Italian ecclesiastical archives.

Francis of Assisi: History, Art, Mythology €23,000 2016-2017 PI As PI, I coordinated an interdisciplinary research group that was founded on interaction and exchange between medieval scholars, on the one hand, and on the other art, music and film historians.