I received my PhD in Film Studies from King's College London in 2010, with a thesis on early British cinema and urban space. I have an MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures from King's College London and a BA in Film Studies from University of Bologna.
I joined Film Studies at the University of Kent in September 2012, having previously taught at London Metropolitan University, Birkbeck College, and King's College London. In 2011 I participated in the Camden Town Group in Context research project at Tate Britain with a contribution looking at the relationship between early film practices and the work of Walter Sickert, Malcolm Drummond and other artists. In 2012 I have also worked as filmic cartographer at the University of Liverpool in an AHRC-funded research project entitled Cinematic Geographies of Battersea: Urban Interface & Site-Specific Spatial Knowledge.
My principal research interest lies in the relationship between cinema and urban life. My work is predominantly in the area of non-fiction films including early actuality films, documentaries and amateur films, and focuses on British Cinema and other European national cinemas. I have also published articles on Scandinavian cinema in the silent era and the philology of film.
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In 2016/2017 I will be convening Film Histories and Documentary Cinema. I always aim at providing the opportunity for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to take an active part in research-led learning. In my courses students are exposed to the ideas of a diverse range of scholars, learn to carry out their own research and experience enquiry-based learning. Students are invited to take ownership of their scholarly work and, while they gain more independence, they are supported by a research-active lecturer whose real-life research experience informs the content of the course.
My research primarily investigates the relationship between film, space and memory. I am currently writing a book on the cinematic geographies of the Holocaust focusing on the place of film practices in relation to other ways to organise, memorialise, monumentalise and preserve specific environments connected with the Holocaust. This book will explore a diverse range of films, including archival footage from the 1940s and post-war documentaries, with a transnational focus on both Polish films and international productions filmed in Poland.
My first monograph, Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema, was published by Peter Lang in 2014. This book explores the cinematic representation of urban spaces in films produced in Britain during the period 1895-1914. Employing a historical and geographical methodology which equally takes into account studies of early film, of cinema and the city, of British urban history, and of the history of the British Empire, I concentrate on actuality films of London, Manchester and Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dublin and the colonial cities. My articles and chapters exploring the relationship between British cinema and the city have appeared on Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Early Popular Visual Culture, Journal of British Cinema and Television, and the anthology The City and the Moving Image: Urban Projections (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
I am also working on Italian Cinema and the Great War; my main concern lies in the ways in which the landscape of the Italian Front has been re-experienced through film in different historical and political contexts, and in relation to later battle landscapes, including the Second World War and the so-called Years of Lead.
I am interested in supervising doctoral students in diverse research projects related to the study of space and film, both from an historical and a theoretical perspective. In particular I welcome proposals on early films, documentaries, and the relationship between memory, cinema and the city, both in relation to urban cultures and built environment. I am particularly interested in the national contexts of Britain, Italy, Sweden and Poland, and in film reflecting the events of the two world wars and the Cold War. I also supervise Practice as Research doctoral projects.