“Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School, VI Edition

Bologna, Italy (19.-23.7.2023), 20. March 2023.

Call for Applications: “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School, VI Edition

Organized and hosted by the Department of the Arts, University of Bologna (Italy),
in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and Wesleyan University

June 19th-23rd, 2023

Location: Rimini Campus of the University of Bologna

***Application deadline: March 20th, 2023***

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



​Our Program

The sixth edition of “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” offers an immersive 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 of the Italian cultural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Global South, and other national contexts, paying attention to the crucial role that these countries play in the popularization of Italy’s representations around the world.

Through the years, this five-day intensive program has addressed the forms of media representations associated with Italy through lectures, seminars, and roundtables on specific topics and case histories. Students are also encouraged to participate actively by presenting and discussing their research with fellow colleagues and our international faculty. This edition of the Summer School is also scheduled to take place just before the opening of the 2023 Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, thus giving interested students the possibility to continue their learning experience in Bologna.

Lectures, seminars, and activities will delve into a variety of themes, including:
Italian cinema (and its circulation in movie theaters, festivals, and streaming services);
Italian television, digital platforms and digital media;
Italian novels, graphic novels and other editorial phenomena;
Italian fashion, photography, food, tourism, sports.

More specifically, this year the program will center on the complex images and socio-cultural constructions of brand “Italy” through fashion, photography, celebrity culture, teen film and television, film festivals, screen and digital media. Furthermore, being Rimini the hometown of Federico Fellini, particular attention will be placed on his cinematography, which we’ll explore through an organized visit to the internationally renowned Fellini Museum. Other special activities will also include a tour of the city and an event at the historic Cinema Fulgor, as well as a closing aperitivo on the beach.

The cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 140 euros.

Tuition includes free access to Wi-Fi on the university campus, access to the university facilities and libraries, and organized visits. Accommodations, meals, and transportation are not included.

Due to the touristic nature of the city of Rimini, we will notify you promptly of your acceptance to the program in order to allow you to make all the necessary travel arrangements ahead of time. Based on the number of participants, we will do our best to provide you with a list of affiliated hotels.

How to apply
Application deadline: March 20th, 2023.
Expected notification of acceptance: (by) April 6th, 2023.
Interested applicants are required to fill out and submit the online application form, upload a full CV and include an abstract for the in-class presentations. More detailed instructions can be found in the “Apply Now" section of the website https://site.unibo.it/mediatingitaly/en

Applicants will be selected based on their research interests, proposed presentation topic, and personal and professional background.

Specific inquiries can be addressed to dar[dot]mediatingitaly[at]unibo[dot]it, Prof. Luca Barra, luca[dot]barra[at]unibo[dot]it, Dr. Elisa Farinacci, elisa[dot]farinacci2[at]unibo[dot]it and Dr. Emiliano Rossi, emiliano[dot]rossi5[at]unibo[dot]it.