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Francesco Pitassio

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S. Daney

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Francesco Pitassio

Cinema, fotografia e televisione (L-ART/06)


Francesco Pitassio

Cinema, fotografia e televisione (L-ART/06)


Pitassio-Ritratto

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S. Daney

I received my MA at the Università di Bologna-Alma Mater Studiorum, with a dissertation in film history, focusing on silent cinema in Czechoslovakia (1918–1930). After that, I received my post-grad education between Università di Bologna Univerzita Karlova in Prague. I got a Ph.D. from the Università di Bologna-Alma Mater Studiorum: my research scrutinized and discussed film acting theories in Europe in the 1920s. During this period I regularly cooperated with the Bologna film archive. In Bologna I also started my career as Researcher, in the Faculty of Humanities, since 2002. From 2004 to 2006 I sat on the steering committe of Consulta Universitaria del Cinema (national association for film studies), as a representative of the researchers.

In 2005 the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Università degli Studi di Udine, recruited me as Associate Professor. Therein I was part of the Department of Central-Eastern Lanaguages and Cultures, where I acted as deputy head (2009–2010), and then of the Department of Cultural Heritage (2011–2015). From 2006 to 2010 I sat on the steering committe of Consulta Universitaria del Cinema, as a representative of the associate professors. From 2015 to 2019 I was a member of the steering committee of NECS-European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.

In 2015 I was Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, and spent a semester as a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute at the University of Notre Dame, IN.

I am a member of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage from the onset (2016), and since 2019 Full Professor. Within this vivid research environment, I acted as Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Art History, Film and Media Studies, Music and I am actually Coordinator of Departmental Research. I teach in the BA program Performing Arts Film History, and in the MA program IMACS Documentary Cinema.

My interests revolve around some subjects:

  • film acting and stardom;
  • European cinema and notably Central-Eastern European cinema;
  • the relation between film and cultural history;
  • the relation between media and collective memory.

I always strove to locate my endeavor, my research and humanities overall within a European framework. For this reason, I act as Erasmus + coordinator for the MA program IMACS and am responsible for a number of Erasmus agreements. Furthermore, I am the principal investigator of the Italian research unit of HERA Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW2 Europe.
From the onset (2012) I am a member of the board of NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies.