I am a Lecturer in Media, Culture and Society at Brunel University, London.
I have an interdisciplinary background. My field of expertise encompasses the sociology of culture and ethnographic research.
My main interests revolve around the representational and social dynamics of identity construction, particularly in relation to ethnicity, cultural heritage, nationalism and regionalism, and public histories.
My teaching and research blend critical theory and social analysis with applied media and design interventions, including documentary film and serious games.
I am currently working on research projects on nationality and ethnicity, regionalism and nationalism, globalisation and identities, and postcolonial approaches to history and the politics of representation. I am particularly interested in heritage, historical canons, tourism, and media production as sites of identity-making and consumption.
I specialise in qualitative social research methods, with an emphasis on ethnography and reception studies. I have done ethnographic fieldwork in heritage and tourism sites in ‘South’ Italy, as well as in contexts of youth cultures and clubbing, and I am turning my attention to efforts to decolonise Italian identities at home and abroad.
I got my PhD in Intercultural Studies from University College London (CMII & Greek and Latin) . 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.
I have taught subjects in the fields of Media and Cultural Studies, Social Research, and the Humanities at University College London, the University of the Arts (LCC & CSM), Brunel University, London (where I am now employed) and other institutions in the UK & Italy.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of JICMS – Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.
I have researched and written about heritage and historical reception, youth subcultures, pornography and visual cultures, national representations in media industries, gender in the creative industries, systemic inequality in the UK Higher Education, and speciesism.
My most recent work focuses on the nexus between heritage, history, and representations, particularly in relation to nationalism and regionalism.
My monograph Geographies of Myth and places of Identity (out early 2022) investigates the social impact of the historical narrative of Great Greece and Homeric Geographies in South Italy.
I am currently writing research projects and study papers on nationalities and identities in the creative industries, masculinity and the reception of antiquity, and the regional landscape in the transnational media imaginary.
I am interested in the critical analysis of heritage and historical narratives in the media and in the development of media for advocacy and social issues, including film, digital media and apps, and ‘serious’, educational, and historical games.
You can read more about my academic work on academia.edu.