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Biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Modern European History. I completed my BA in Contemporary History at the University of Bologna and received my MA in Contemporary History from the University of Bristol, where I also completed my PhD in History in 2007. Before joining the University of Winchester in 2011 I taught at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff.

Areas of expertise

  • Modern Italian history
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Film/Television and History

Publications

Monographs

  • Conflicts of Memory: The Reception of Holocaust Films and TV Programmes in Italy: 1945 to the Present (2010) Oxford: Peter Lang

Book chapters

  • 'Buon cattolico, buon italiano: Shoah, religione e salvataggio degli ebrei in alcune recenti miniserie', in A. Hajek, M. Jansen and M. Bonaria Urban (eds), Televisionismo (Venice: Ca'Foscari) (in press)
  • 'La memoria della Shoah in Gran Bretagna tra storiografia accademica e cultura di massa', in M. Baiardi and A. Cavaglion (eds), Dopo i testimoni: Memorie, storiografie e narrazioni della deportazione razziale (Rome: Viella, 2014): 127-40
  • 'Between National and Cosmopolitan: 21st-Century Holocaust Television in Britain, France, and Italy', in A. Bangert, R. Gordon and L. Saxton (eds), Holocaust Intersections: Genocide and Visual Culture at the New Millennium (London: Legenda, 2013): 24-45
  • 2012: ‘La rappresentazione della Shoah in televisione’. In: M. Cattaruzza, M. Flores, S. Levis Sullam and E.Traverso (eds.), Storia della Shoah in Italia: Vicende, memorie, rappresentazioni, vol. ii (Turin: UTET): 434-45
  • 2008: 'Il dibattito pubblico sul comportamento del Vaticano durante la Shoah: la ricezione presso la stampa de Il Vicario, Rappresaglia e Amen'. In: S. Lucamante, M. Jansen, R. Speelman and S. Gaiga (eds), Memoria collettiva e memoria privata: il ricordo della Shoah come politica sociale (Utrecht: Igitur): 165-80

Journal articles

  • 'Après "Holocaust". La Shoah dans les fictions télé en Italie et en France: une lecture comparée entre mémoire publique et représentation (1979-2011)' La revue d'histoire de la Shoah 196 (in press)
  • 'Good Catholics, Good Italians: Religion and Rescue in Recent Italian Holocaust Dramas', The Italianist, 33/2 (2014), Film Issue: Televisionisms: 156-69
  • 'Politica, memoria, identità: La ricezione italiana di Holocaust e Schindler's List',Cinema e storia, 2 (2013): 49-67
  • 'Legitimizing Fascism through the Holocaust? The Reception of the Miniseries Perlasca: un eroe italiano in Italy', Memory Studies, 3/2 (2010): 95-109
  • 'Narratives of Innocence and Victimhood: The Reception of the Miniseries Holocaust in Italy', Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 22/3 (2008): 411-40
  • 'Narrazioni di un trauma: l'Olocausto dalla storiografia al cinema', Discipline Filosofiche, 16/1 (2006): 37-54
  • ‘Formidabili quei traumi. Tempo storico, elaborazione e feticismo narrativo in The Dreamers, La meglio gioventù e Buongiorno, notte', Zapruder, 1/3 (2004): 125-29

Reviews and other publications

  • Review of Rebecca Clifford (2013) Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy (Oxford: Oxford University Press), ISBN 9780199679812, 304 pp., H-Soz-u-Kult
  • Review of Robert Gordon (2013) Scolpitelo nei cuori: L'Olocausto nella cultura italiana (1944-2010), trans. Giuliana Olivero (Turin: Bollati Boringhieri), 345 pp., ISBN 9788833923871, €27, soft cover, Italian Studies 68/3, pp. 464-65
  • 'Il Generale della Rovere and the Dilemmas of Post-War Italy', Primo Levi Center (2013)
  • Review of Frédéric Rousseau, Il bambino di Varsavia. Storia di una fotografia, Roma, Laterza, 207 pp (ed. or. Paris, 2009), Mestiere di Storico, 1, p. 248
  • Review of: Yosefa Loshitzky (2010) Screening Strangers: Migration and Diaspora in Contemporary European Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pb, x+215 pages, darkmatter Journal: In the Ruins of Imperial Culture, 7
  • Review of Piera Sonnino, This Has Happened: An Italian Family in Auschwitz (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), H-Italy (H-Net Reviews)

Conferences

  • 2014: The Holocaust Template: Memory and Representation of Genocide: Australia, Rwanda, Armenia, Parkes Institute Seminar, University of Southampton
  • 2014: Negazionismo e web: il caso inglese, Shoah e negazionismo nel Web: una sfida per gli storici, Università Rome Tre & Senato della Repubblica, Rome, Italy
  • 2013: 8-11 July, 'Televising the "Silence of Pius XII" in "Under the Roman Sky" (2010) and "God's Mighty Servant: Sister Pascalina Lehnert, Secretary of Pius XII" (2011)' The Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference (University of Durham)
  • 2013: 19-22 June, 'Beyond "Ararat": The Armenian Genocide in Henry Verneuil's Mayrig and 588 Rue Paradis (1991-1992) and the Taviani brothers' The Lark Farm (2007) 10th Biennial Conference of IAGS (International Association of Genocide Scholars, Siena)
  • 2013: 16-18 January, 'La memoria della Shoah in Gran Bretagna' Dopo i testimoni: Memorie, storiografie e narrazioni della deportazione razziale (Università di Firenze)
  • 2012: 23-25 February, 'The Holocaust on British Television, 1973-2005', The Gazing Society: Approaches to the History of Vision in the Modern Period (Università di Padova)
  • 2011: 6-9 July, 'The 'Telenovelisation' of World War II and the Holocaust in Twenty-first Century Television', Media History and Cultural Memory: XXIV International Conference on History and Media (University of Copenhagen)
  • 2011: 15-17 June, 'Italian debates on the "Americanization of the Holocaust"', American responses to the Holocaust: Transatlantic Perspectives (Roosevelt Study Center and Institute for Jewish Studies, Middelburg and Antwerp)
  • 2011: 12 May, Identità ebraica e identità italiana (Salone Internazionale del Libro, Turin)
  • 2011: 28-29 January, Presentazione libro "Conflicts of Memory", Il giallo e il nero: riflessi dell'antisemitismo nella letteratura ebraica moderna (Istituto Culturale Ebraico del Trentino ICET "Zygmunt Bauman", Trento)
  • 2010: 8-10 November, 'La Shoah nella miniserie TV', Il ruolo della televisione nella costruzione dell'identità nazionale' (Villa comunale, Frosinone)
  • 2010: 17-19 July, 'The Holocaust as a European Memory in Italian Television from the 1960s to the Present', Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Conflict, Memory and Memorialisation: War and European Culture in the Twentieth Century (Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University)
  • 2010: 24-25 June, 'The First Lebanon War (1982) and the Construction of Jews as "Other" in Italian Public Debates', Language, space and otherness in Italy since 1861 (British School at Rome, Rome)
  • 2009: 27 May, 'The Banality of Goodness: The Reinvention of the "Rescuer" in RAI programmes on the Holocaust' (British School at Rome, Rome)
  • 2007: 10-12 September, 'Legitimising Fascism through the Holocaust. The Reception of the Miniseries "Giorgio Perlasca" in Italy', MEICAM, the Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory Research Group (Swansea University)
  • 2007: 6-7 June, 'Italian Postwar Debates on the Vatican during the Holocaust: The Press Reception of "The Deputy", "Massacre in Rome", and "Amen."', Memoria collettiva: il ricordo della Shoah come politica sociale (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut, Rome)
  • 2005: 25 January, 'The Reception of Holocaust Films in Italy', work-in-progress seminar (Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol)
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