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Ardizzoni, Michela Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Ardizzoni's research focuses on three main areas of Italian media studies: the construction of cultural identities in and through the media, the mediatization of media activism and social change, and the role of urban media in a Mediterranean context. Her first book examines the visual and discursive representation of identity promoted by public and private Italian national television networks at the turn of the 21st century. Her recent work has examined the status of activist media in Italy through Telestreet, a network of unlicensed neighborhood television stations aimed at expanding citizen access to information. Her current projects focus on screen cultures and social change in Italy and the Mediterranean. Through an analysis of emerging film practices and new media activism, she interrogates the centrality of innovative film production and distribution modes in generating a new lexicon and culture of political participation and engaged citizenship.


  • Italian media, television, cinema, alternative new media, Mediterranean studies, contemporary migration, feminism, gender, identity politics, Global media, connected media practices, media activism


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courses taught

  • MDST 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Spring 2019)
  • MDST 6951 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • ITAL 4290 Italian Culture Through Cinema (Fall 2018)
  • ITAL 4840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • ITAL 4990 Senior Seminar (Fall 2018)
  • MDRP 6871 Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • MDST 4931 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • MDST 5841 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • MDST 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Fall 2018)
  • CMCI 6051 Media Theories (Spring 2018)
  • ITAL 4030 Contemporary Italian Culture, Politics, and the Media (Spring 2018)
  • ITAL 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • ITAL 4990 Senior Seminar (Spring 2018)
  • MDST 5851 Graduate Professional Project (Spring 2018)
  • MDST 6951 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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