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Rossella Catanese

Rossella Catanese

Rossella Catanese

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

Rossella Catanese

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

Rossella Catanese

I obtained my PhD in Digital Technologies and Methods for the Research on Entertainment at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (2012). My thesis entitled Lacune binarie: il restauro dei film e le tecnologie digitali was published in 2013 (Bulzoni) and adopted as a textbook for La Sapienza degree programs, as well as by the University of Bologna, the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

I was lecturer of Digital Restoration Techniques of Images and Films at the University "La Sapienza" in 2019, as a contract professor.

In 2018, I obtained the national scientific qualification for an associate professorship in the scientific area 10/C1. Long-term teaching experience combined with the participation in overseas study programs (NYU Florence, Vanderbilt, Cornell, University of Madison – Wisconsin, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill etc.) and a brief period as a Visiting Scholar at the Keene State College (New Hampshire, United States) allowed me to update my teaching techniques.

The theoretical debate on synaesthesia (topic of the volume From Sensation to Synaesthesia in Film and New Media, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2019), edited with Francesca Scotto Lavina and Valentina Valente, was the starting point for the cross-disciplinary analysis of the concept of "medium" in the context of the PRIN Aesthetics in the Brain project, in which I participated in 2019 as a selected Research Fellow at the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca.

Since 2018, I have collaborated with the national research group VARIA (Video ARte in ItaliA), coordinated by Professors Cosetta Saba (University of Udine), Valentina Valentini (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), Alessandra Donati (University Milano-Bicocca) and Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin), in association with MiBAC DGAAP. In 2017 I was awarded a scholarship for the PRIN Circolazione Internazionale del Cinema Italiano project (principal investigator: Massimo Scaglioni, Università Cattolica of Milan), under the supervisione of Emiliano Morreale (La Sapienza).

In my edited work Futurist Cinema: Studies on Italian Avant-garde Film (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), I reviewed the aesthetic criteria and the history connecting the Futurist Avant-garde with early cinema. The work was reviewed in some international scientific journals, such as «NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies», «Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies», «International Yearbook of Futurism Studies», «Séquences», «Quaderni del CSCI» and «Neural».

I am currently a Research Fellow for the project HERA Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post WWII Europe (VICTOR-E), whose scientific coordinator is Francesco Pitassio – a wide-ranging research involving a network of research units (Udine, Paris, Frankfurt and Prague) and cinema archives, with the aim of analysing how the non-fiction cinema between 1944 and 1954 documented the destruction and reconstruction of the public and social spaces in Europe, overcoming the trauma of the Second World War. The project entails the development of a database dedicated to the non-fiction production and of a didactic toolkit for secondary education and undergraduate courses.

My main research interests are film restoration, film archives, avant-garde and experimental cinema in Italy and France, cinema and intermediality, cinema and Italian history, media archaeology, and film and media literacy.


From Sensation to Synaesthesia in Film and New Media

Newcastle upon Tyne 2019 (a cura di R. Catanese, F. Scotto Lavina, V. Valente)

Vespa, Lambretta e Geghegé. Beat e Mods all’italiana

in: S. Parigi, C. Uva, V. Zagarrio (curr.), Cinema e identità italiana: Cultura visuale e immaginario nazionale fra tradizione e contemporaneità, Roma 2020, 733–743

Scenari tecnologici. Matrix, la fantascienza e la società contemporanea

Roma, 2017 (con R. Guerra, A. Saccoccio, M. Teti, M. Tirino)