I am a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Brunel University, London.
I have an interdisciplinary background encompassing media and visual studies, the sociology of culture, and ethnography.
Expertise and Methods
My work revolves around the relations between media (traditional, digital, & social), visual and material cultures (representations, art, play), and identity. I work in the areas of tourism, cultural heritage, and public histories, focusing in particular on nationhood and regionalism.
I specialise in qualitative social research methods, with an emphasis on ethnography. I have done ethnographic fieldwork in Calabria, Italy and study national, transnational, and regional Italian identities at home and abroad.
I got my PhD in Intercultural Studies from University College London (Centre for Multicultural and Intercultural Inquiry). My research focused on the reception of Greek antiquity in the media and in public histories and involved ethnographic fieldwork in heritage and tourism sites in ‘South’ Italy. I am on the Editorial Board of JICMS – Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and a Member of SIAC – Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale.
I have previously obtained a BA+MA in Communication Sciences and an MA in Publishing from Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna & SSSUB / Centro Studi Internazionale Umberto Eco, and I have taught Media and Cultural Studies, Social Research, and Humanities subjects at University College London, the University of the Arts (LCC & CSM). I am a Member of MECCSA.
My research has revolved around the theme of identity and otherness in areas that include heritage and historical reception, youth subcultures, pornography and the monstrous in visual cultures, national media industries, gender, inclusive education, & animal representations.
I have been active in the study of play and games, publishing research on play theory and national games industries. I am a Founding Member and currently the Managing Editor of GAME Journal, as well as a Board Member of DiGRA Italia & British DiGRA. In my current position at Brunel University, London I teach Research Methods, the Global Histories of Play and Games, and Critical approaches to Design and I supervise dissertations in the area of games and culture.
- Visual and Material Cultures
- National and Regional Identities and Industries
- Heritage, Public Histories, and Tourism
- Digital and Traditional Play Histories and Practices
- Mythology and Foklore
Recent & Current Research
My monograph Geographies of Myth and places of Identity (out early 2022) investigates the social impact of the media and the historical narratives of Great Greece and Homeric Geographies on the images, tourism policies, and local historiographies of Calabria, Italy.
My most recent research is ongoing/in print on issues that include:
- Nationali identities in the creative industries;
- The regional landscape in the transnational media imaginary;
- Italian ethno-nationalism on social media;
- Xenophobia and the political appropriations of antiquity.
In addition to critical analysis I am interested in ‘applied’ design and media production for cultural and social intervention and advocacy, including digital media and apps, ‘serious’, educational, and historical games, music, and documentary film.
You can read more about my academic work on academia.edu.