Pierpaolo Antonello is Reader in Italian Literature and Culture, and Head of the Department of Italian. He is interested in Italian political cinema and in the representation of violence in film, with particular reference to René Girard’s theory of sacrifice. With Alan O’Leary, he edited ‘Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy, 1969-2009’ (Oxford: Legenda, 2009), and with Eleonora Bujatti: ‘La violenza allo specchio. Passione e sacrificio nel cinema contemporaneo’ (Massa: Transeuropa, 2009). He also published on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Daniele Vicari, Quentin Tarantino, and on socio-political commitment in contemporary Italian film-making.
Dr Michael Cowan’s backgrounds are in German (PhD), French (MA) and Cultural Studies (BA), and he works mostly on European (particularly German and French) film and media history, with related interests in digital theory, visual culture, film theory, experimental film and non-theatrical cinema. His work has won numerous awards from the major film studies associations in North America and Europe, including BAFTTS, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, SCMS, and the Willy Haas Prize in Germany. Currently, Michael is working on several projects examining early film theory, the history of film societies, ‘useful animation’ and digital screen cultures.He serves on the executive committee of Domitor and the editorial board of the journal Intermédialités, is a member of several research groups and networks, including ARTHEMIS, the Media History Research Centre, the German Studies Screen Network, the Agency of the Image (Scottish network for visual culture) and BTWH (Berkeley, Tübingen, Wien, Harvard): The Emergence of German Modernity.
Marco D’Agostini took a Degree in Media Sciences and a PhD in Media Communication at the University of Udine. He works as a film director and he specialises in documetary and shorts. He has collaborated with BBC-Wales for the production of Away from Home (2006) and with Colorado House production as assistant for Gabriele Salvatores’ film Come Dio Comanda (2008). In the last few years he has written and directed documentaries Lâ vie di là – Friulani dell’est Europa (The Ways Beyond – Friuli Migrants to Eastern Europe) which was broadcast for Rai 3, and Lingue in musica (Languages as music, 2012) also for Rai 3. In 2013 he also directed the social documentary ControVento – Lavoro in tempo di crisi (Against the Grain – Working in Time of Crisis) and JNK also for Rai 3. JNK has been selected for Babel Film Festival in Cagliari (Sardinia). Other documentaries are I volti spirituali del Friuli (The Spiritual Faces of Friuli, Rai 3, 2014), Suns (Rai 3, 2015) e Suns Europe (Rai 3, 2016).
His latest production is a TV series (in five episodes) Friûl Revolution (2016). As well as a film director, he leads research in the field of audio-visual studies and has published the volume Enneagramma e personalità. Tipi e sottotipi nei personaggi dei film (Rome: Astrolabio, 2012) and he works as a lecturer of film direction and montage and ‘digital cinema’ in the Programme of Media and Technology Sciences at the University of Udine.
Annalisa Volpone is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Perugia and co-director of the CEMS (Centre for European Modernism Studies). She has extensively written on modernism and postmodernism (James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov); on eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature (Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, S. T. Coleridge and P. B. Shelley). Her research interests include the interconnections between literature and science (in particular neuroscience) and posthumanism. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled ‘In what furnace was thy brain?’ A Study on William Blake’s Medico-Cultural Imaginaire (New York: Cambria Press, 2017)