In June, I participated in Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School, which is sponsored by the University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Wesleyan University.
The second edition of “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” offers an intensive learning experience where graduate and post-graduate students have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations on the forms of production, distribution, circulation, and reception contributing to the “mediation” of the Italian audiovisual culture in the United States, the United Kingdom, and various other national contexts.
This week-long program, in addition to offering lectures, seminars and roundtables on specific topics and case histories, provides students with the opportunity to present their research and partake in discussions with fellow colleagues and international faculty.
The Summer School will address the forms of media representations associated with Italy, as well as their manipulation by cultural industries, fandoms, and opinion leaders. The program also investigates the modes of consumption of these representations, both by targeted and defined audiences as well as by mainstream and generic ones.From the website of Mediating Italy in Global Context
During this summer school I had the chance to meet esteemed faculty members, both Italian and American, and I established a meaningful network of connections with fellow PhD students. Moreover, I received precious feedback on my current research project “Readers of comics: the case of Orient Express” and discovered useful digital tools to perform text analysis.
I would also like to thank Luca Barra for organizing this summer school, which I suggest to anyone interested in new media.
Snippets from the school are available here.