Keynote: The Looking Glass Symposium
March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Center of German and European Studies (CGES), the Department of French & Italian (FRIT) and the Graduate Association of French & Italian Students (GAFIS)
Paola Bonifazio, Professor, University of Texas-Austin
Paola Bonifazio received a PhD in Italian Studies from New York University (2008) and an M.A. in Italian and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (2003). In 2011-12, she was a National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew Mellon Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Bonifazio’s research interests focus on Italian cinema, film theory and history, cultural studies, and gender studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the culture of fotoromanzo from the late 1940s to the late 1960s in the context of current scholarship on media convergence. Her book Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores short film productions sponsored by state and non-state agencies to promote modernization and industry, and to govern the Italian people’s conduct.
This event is the keynote address for the GAFIS Symposium. A reception will follow.