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Romana Turina


Thesis - The Moving Image and Historical Analysis: Trieste, Italian Cinema and the Creative Remediation of Silenced Memory

The main focus of my PhD is the investigation of the means by which we translate history in film and television, with a specific focus on disputed, negated, or silenced history. The research draws from a case study, the representation in Italian cinema and television of the history of the indigenous Slavs of Trieste, Italy, and investigates issues related to post-memory, identity and the interpretation of the past. As expected, my work is interdisciplinary and draws from the humanities and the social sciences.

As a practitioner, my creative practice revolves around the production of documentaries, where the essay film form is investigated and constitutes an arena of experimentation. The films cover a variety of contrasting issues related to historical representation, identity, and post-memory. Of specific importance is the analysis of layered narratives that use horizontal montage, where the remediation of the culture and history of communities that have been negated public existence is approached. Such discourse, that is inclusive of the concept of historical distance and priming, aims to form the core for future transmedia productions in support of a ‘democratic media’.




After my MA in comparative literature, I spent several years working in the production of films, commercials, and documentaries. I taught video production, screenwriting, and several courses in literature at the University of Indianapolis (USA), and the Art College AKTO in Athens. In 2012 I completed a MA in screenwriting at the University of Bournemouth. In 2013, I was invited at TFTI for a PhD in practice.

In addition to my writing, and teaching work, I have successfully organised several conferences for the University of Indianapolis, and recently at TFTI, as for example the three-day Digital Heritage meets Interactive Storytelling (2015).



History in Film, Television and Emerging Media, Screenwriting, Scriptwriting as Research Method, Creative Writing, Philosophy of History, Narrative theory and Complex Systems.



Recent productions

Behind the Book, a short film exploring the impact of silenced history (2015), Lunch with Family (2016), an essay film looking into post-memory and identity, San Sabba (2016), an essay film remediating the history of the little known concentration and extermination camp of The Risiera di San Sabba in Trieste, Italy.

Recently Presented

  • ‘Screenwriting as a research practice: a dialogue between thesis, praxis and synthesis’. The National Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference. Durham, November 2015.
  • ‘Translating Silenced History’. Digital Heritage meets Interactive Storytelling - Conference. University of York, April 2015.
  • ‘The Heart in the Pit: Melodrama, Television and Political Acculturation in Italy’. Re-visiting Melodrama in Contemporary Television - Symposium. University of York, March 2015.
  • ‘To exist publicly: the border to Yugoslavia and the impact of ‘silenced history’ on the public understanding of the past as mediated in Italian cinema and television’, Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives - Conference, University of St Andrews, February 2015.
  • Chair to the panel: ‘Stories in Memory’, for Northern Stories: on Screen, through Memory and in Archive - Conference. University of York, July 2014.
  • 'Screenwriting for Games and Animation: The Character Angle'. Teaching Screenwriting: creativity, innovation and professional practice - Conference. University of Salford, Media city, Manchester, April 2014.
  • Workshop ‘Screenwriting the Memory'. The Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Conference – Memory, Peace and Security. University of Indianapolis, November 2012.

Recent Publications

‘Re-Making the Northeast: Trieste in Italian Cinema and the Remediation of Silenced History’, in Rayner J. & Dobson, J. (2016), Mapping Cinematic Norths. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Contact details

Ms Romana Turina
Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media