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Martina Lovascio


Thesis - Filming the past in contemporary Italy

My main research interests include contemporary Italian cinema and its place within the European audio-visual market. In my PhD thesis, provisionally titled “Heritage Cinema in Italy”, I focus on historical and heritage films produced in Italy in the last two decades. By looking at their production values and distribution patterns, as well as at their textual characteristics, I aim to survey the field of heritage cinema in Italy.

I am a current recipient of White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) network studentship. It is part of the European Film, European Heritage and European Identity network.

I am affiliated to the research project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens’ (, which brings together the University of York, the University of Copenhagen (DK), and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), and which is funded through HERA/FP7. As part of this project, I have organised and run audience focus groups in Italy.

Supervisors: Prof. Andrew Higson, Dr. Alan O'Leary. Start date of programme: October 2014.



Selected Conference Papers

 “Contemporary Italian Audiences on European Films: A Case-Study”. Italy and Its Audiences: 1945 to the Present. Oxford Brookes University (UK), 7-8 July 2016.

 “Valentino as a Problematic Transnational Star in Italy in Early 1920s”. Delivered at SCMS Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (USA), 30 March 2016.

 “Heritage Films In Italian Cinema and the Obsession with the 1970s”. Delivered at Cinema & History Conference, Università degli Studi Roma Tre (IT), 25 November 2015.

 “Heritage Films in Contemporary Europe and the Representation of the Recent Past”. Delivered at ECREA Conference, University of Copenhagen (DK), 14 November 2015.

 “Heritage Film and Italian-ness. A Case-Study: The Great Beauty”. Delivered at 6th Annual Postgraduate Symposium, University of York (UK), 1 June 2015.

“Italian-ness on Screen: Images of Italy in Films and TV Series Produced for the International Market”. Delivered at PhD Workshop – Researching European Film and TV, University of York (UK), 18 March 2015.

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Ms Martina Lovascio
Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media