Vincenzo Mele, Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa
Vincenzo Mele teaches sociology of culture and communication at the Department of Politica Sciences. He studied in Germany (Bielefeld) and worked as Visiting Professor and Lecturer in USA (William Paterson University, Monmouth University).
He is author of Metropolis. Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin and Modernity (Belforte, 2011), Aesthetics and Social Theory. Simmel, Benjamin, Adorno, Bourdieu (Aracne, 2013), Globalizing Cultures. Theories, Paradigms, Actions (with Marina Vujnovic, Brill 2015). He writes on several journals like Simmel Studies, Sociologia e ricerca sociale, La società degli individui, Quaderni di Teoria Sociale, Journal for Classical Sociology.
James Hay, Professor at University of Illinois — Urbana-Champaign (USA)
His research concerns a wide variety of media and contexts – from popular media of the 20th century (cinema, television, telephony, radio) to “new media” and forms of “media convergence” to technologies and appliances that are not usually considered “media” (such as cars, buildings, clothes, garage doors, and refrigerators). The forms of analysis that he typically use are interdisciplinary, and informed by a wide variety of theories.
Much of his research over the last fifteen years has occurred at the intersection of studies about citizenship and governmentality, media/space (with an interest in architecture, urbanism, design, and geography), Science Studies, and Cultural Studies. His research is oriented as much to past as to the present – as much to residual as to emergent media and their relation to everyday life. Although much of his research is about the U.S. context, some of his research concerns “global” media networks, and some has focused on Italy and Europe.
Ricardo Alan Dello Buono, Professor at Manhattan College, NY (USA)
Ricardo A. Dello Buono, Ph.D. is professor of sociology at Manhattan College, New York City. He specializes in social problems research and the sociology of development. He is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in 2012-13 and remains active in the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS). His various publications include Latin America after the Neoliberal Debacle(with Ximena de la Barra, Rowman and Littlefield Pubs., 2009); Social Change, Resistance, and Social Practices (with David Fasenfest, eds., Brill, 2010); and Social Problems, Law and Society (with William J. Chambliss and A. Kathryn Stout, eds., Rowman and Littlefield Pubs., 2004).
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Professor at the University of Milan Bicocca (Italy)
He teaches Urban Sociology and is the Director of the Department of Sociology and social research. He has coordinated several theoretical studies and empirical research on social indicators and quality of life, cooperating within many European research projects oriented to define and to measure living conditions in urban contexts. In 2003-2004, he was member of the Italian Governmental Commission on Statistical Information for the Program: “Statistics for Metropolitan Areas. Proposals for an Integrated System” where he studied and compared different approaches for analysing resident and non-resident metropolitan populations. Recently its main topics of interest were: spatial and temporal mobility, services accessibility and quality of life in local communities, relationships between sociology, urban spaces and literature. In particular, he has studied and actualised the figure of the flâneur. He is member of Board of Directors of ISQOLS (The International Society for the Quality-of-Life Studies). He is author of many publications.
Sandra Lischi, Professor at the University of Pisa
Sandra Lischi teaches audiovisual communication at the Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge, where she is also director of the Bachelor of Arts degree program “Studies in Performing Arts and Communication”.
Her research is focused on media and electronic arts, experimental and independent cinema and video. On such topics she published many essays, articles, and books; she is the author of Visioni elettroniche. L’oltre del cinema e l’arte del video (2001) and Italian Experimental Cinema: Art, Politics, Poetry, in Frank Burke (ed.), A Companion to Italian Cinema (2017). She widely curated numerous events and exhibitions, presented papers, and gave lectures and seminars internationally.
Elena Marcheschi, Junior researcher at the University of Pisa
Elena Marcheschi has a Ph.D. in Visual and Performing Arts (University of Pisa). She is the author of Videoestetiche dell’emergenza. L’immagine della crisi nella sperimentazione audiovisiva (2015), Sguardi eccentrici. Il fantastico nelle arti elettroniche (2012) and co-editor of I film in tasca. Videofonino, cinema e televisione (2009, with M. Ambrosini and G. Maina). She has published articles and essays about new media, videoart and experimental cinema. Her research also pays particular attention to women’s production and self-media. Curator of videoinstallations exhibitions, she’s also in the staff of INVIDEO – International Exhibition of Cinema and Video (Milano).
Maria Teresa Soldani
She has a Ph.D. in History of Art and Performing Arts (Pegaso Program – Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pisa, holding two degrees with concentrations in Music (B.A.), and in Cinema and Multimedia Arts (M.A.). In 2015 she was visiting research fellow at McGill University in Montréal, QC, Canada. She published the monograph Naked City. Features of Identity, Independence, and Research in the Filmography on New York City (Quaderni di CinemaSud, 2013), as well as articles in books and journals (Imaginations, Cinéma&Cie, SegnoCinema, Duellanti, Invideo’s catalogue).She presented papers at conferences such as FilmForum 2017 and 2016, KISMIF 2016, and FAScinA 2015. She held teaching positions at the University of Pisa, the University of Cagliari, and Marco Bellocchio Film School. She is filmmaker, composer, and musician.
Andrea Mariani, Research Fellow at University of Udine
Andrea Mariani is Research Fellow at University of Udine, where he obtained his PhD in 2014, on the Italian Cineguf film movement (1934-1943), and he recently published a book on that research. He deals with media archaeology, documentary cinema, avant-garde and modernist cultures. From 2011 to 2014 he was co-organiser and curator of The Film Heritage workshop within the MAGIS Film Studies Gorizia Spring School. He co-founded the Media Archaeology workshop within the MAGIS, in 2015. He co-edited The Archive, Forum International Edition 2012 and At the Border of (film) History, Forum International Edition 2015. He curated with Giuseppe Fidotta (Udine) and Prof. Wanda Strauven (Amsterdam) the XXI Filmforum Conference At the Borders of (Film) History. Temporality, Archaeology, Theories. He published on peer-reviewed journals as Necsus, Cinegraph, L’Avventura, Bianco e Nero, Fata Morgana, Cinergie, 8 e ½. He’s member of AIRSC (National Association of the Italian Cinema Historians), NECS and AIM – Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento and CUC- Consulta Universitaria di Cinema.
Diego Cavallotti, Post-Doc researcher at the University of Udine
Diego Cavallotti (1983) is a Post-Doc researcher at the University of Udine, where he recently earned a PhD in Art History and Audiovisual Studies. His doctoral research aimed at conceiving new theoretical tools for analysing the outbreak of the amateur video phenomenon and the coexistence between amateur film and amateur video practices in Italy during the 1970s, the 1980s and the early 1990s.
He published several papers concerning these topics for Cinergie, Fata Morgana, Cinema&Cie, and Mimesis Scenari. In 2016 he co-curated (with Federico Giordano and Leonardo Quaresima) the proceedings of the FilmForum XXII International Film Studies Conference A History of Cinema Without Names. In 2017 he co-curated (with Simone Dotto and Leonardo Quaresima) the proceedings of the FilmForum XXIII International Film Studies Conference A History of Cinema Without Names/2, and organized the FilmForum XXIV International Film Studies Conference, A History of Cinema Without Names/3.
He is currently a member of the steering committee of the FilmForum MAGIS Spring School and one of the coordinators of its Media Archaeology section. Moreover, he is the coordinator of the Film Section at the “La Camera Ottica” laboratory.
Marina Vujnovic, Professor at Monmouth University (USA)
Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication at Monmouth University. Native of Croatia, she came to United States in 2003 to pursue her graduate education in journalism and mass communication. She received her PhD at the University of Iowa in 2008. Marina Vujnovic is an author of Forging the Bubikopf Nation: Journalism, Gender and Modernity in Interwar Yugoslavia, co-author of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, and co-editor of Globalizing Cultures: Theories, Paradigms, Actions.
Mike Richison, Professor at Monmouth University (USA)
After calling the Detroit, Michigan area home for a number of years, Mike Richison relocated to New Jersey in 2007. He is currently a professor at Monmouth University where he teaches motion graphics and graphic design. He is a multimedia artist who has exhibited and performed at venues and galleries within the US and internationally.
Ed Johnston, Professor at Kean University (USA)
Ed Johnston is an award-winning designer, artist and educator creating engaging experiences with mobile and immersive technologies. He is an Assistant Professor teaching within the Michael Graves College at Kean University. Johnston has presented, published and exhibited his creative work and research nationally and internationally. Most recently, he has received funding and completed multiple projects using VR/AR technologies at Liberty Hall Museum to enrich visitors’ experiences with museum content.