Program 2017

Monday, June 12

10:30 am  – Registration

11-11:45 introductive lesson

12-13:45  –  Vincenzo Mele (Università di Pisa), Simmel, Benjamin and the origin of media city

buffet lunch

3-4:30 pm – Giampaolo Nuvolati (Università Milano Bicocca), The flâneur in the contemporary city. The art of loitering


Tuesday, June 13   – The city: utopia and dystopia

Discussant: Sonia Paone

9:30-11 am  – Maria Teresa Soldani (independent scholar), The Image(s) of the Naked City: Shaping New York as a Film

coffee break

11:15 am-12:15 am  – Elena Marcheschi (Università di Pisa), Cities of Lights. Urban Spaces as Possible Screens

12:30 am-1:30 pm  – Sandra Lischi (Università di Pisa), Utopian and distopic cities: images between cinema and video (a program of selected film and videos)

buffet lunch

2:30-4 pm – Agostino Petrillo (Politecnico di Milano), City: another Age for Machine Utopias


7:30 pm – social dinner

Wednesday, June 14  – The city and its media

Discussant: Vincenzo Mele

9:30-11:00 am  – James Hay (University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, USA), What is Old about the Neo-liberal City & Its Media

coffee break

11:30 am – 1 pm  – Ricardo Alan Dello Buono (Manhattan College, USA), Visual Pollution Studies: How much urban advertising is enough?

Afternoon: Anita Paolicchi (Università di Firenze), The City as a Text: Reading Pisa Through the Centuries + city tour

Thursday, June 15 – Urban Spaces and Extra-Territorial Interzones: Media Environments, Marginal Cinema, and the Technology of Explorations

Discussant: Maria Teresa Soldani

9:30-11:00 am  –  Andrea Mariani (Università degli Studi di Udine) – The Desert as a Medium. The Media Cosmos of an Explorer

coffee break

11:30 am-1 pm  – Diego Cavallotti (Università degli Studi di Udine) – Counter-Exploring the City: Bologna’s Countercultural Community of the Early Nineties and Media Archaeology

buffet lunch

2:30-4 pm  – Marina Vujnovic (Monmouth University, USA), Mike Richison (Monmouth University, USA), Ed Johnston (Kean University, USA),  Augmented Asbury Park: Using Augmented Reality to Explore History and Memory (via Skype)

4-5:30 pm –  discussion

Friday, June 16

Discussant: Ricardo Alan Dello Buono

11:00-12:30 am: Jack Z. Bratich (Rutgers University, USA), Mediating the Gaps: Police Media Ecologies and Social War Machines in an era of urban uprisings

buffet lunch

3 pm: final discussion + round table

Lessons will be held at the University Guesthouse Le Benedettine, Lungarno Sonnino, 18.