Paola Bonifazio
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Film and Media Studies; Gender Studies; Cultural Studies. My 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. In my second book, The Photoromance: A Feminist Reading of Popular Culture (MIT Press, 2020), I examine the “convergence culture” of Italian media as photoromance magazines dispersed their content across multiple formats, narrative conventions, editorial and business strategies, and platforms. I am also one of the editors of the on-line open access peer review journal gender/sexuality/italy, which publishes research on gendered identities and the ways they intersect with and produce Italian politics, culture, and society by way of a variety of cultural productions, discourses, and practices spanning historical, social, and geopolitical boundaries. 

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