Team

Daniela Treveri Gennari is Professor of Cinema Studies. She works on post-war popular cinema and her particular interests are audiences, film exhibition and programming.  Her publications include, among others, her jointly authored monograph Italian Cinema Audiences. Histories and Memories of Cinema-going in Post-war Italy (with C. O’Rawe, D. Hipkins, S. Dibeltulo and S. Culhane) (2021 Bloomsbury), the article ‘Defining a typology of cinemas across 1950s Europe’ (with Lies Van de Vijver and Pierluigi Ercole) Participations, Vol.18, Issue 2, November 2021, and the article “Challenges to Comparative Oral Histories of Cinema Audiences” (with Lies Van de Vijver and Pierluigi Ercole) TMG Journal for Media History 23 (1-2): 1–19 (2020). Daniela has been working on spectatorship in post-war Italy (as part of her successful British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and the AHRC-funded project Italian Cinema Audiences). She has also led the British Academy/Leverhulme funded Mapping European Cinema: A Comparative Project on Cinema-Going Experiences in the 1950s in collaboration with Ghent University (Belgium) and De Montfort University (UK) and is currently the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded European Cinema Audiences research project.


Pierluigi Ercole is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). Much of his research is grounded in audience and reception studies, transnational cinema and the diaspora and his work focuses, in particular, on Italian cinema, cinema-going in Italy and Britain, Anglo-Italian film culture and the distribution and reception Italian films in the UK and Ireland. His publications include, among others, the edited volume Diviso in Due: Cesare Zavattini, Cinema e Culture Popolare (2002), the articles ‘Screening Fascism in the Free State’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2014); ‘The Greatest Film of the Fascist Era’, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (2013, special issue on ‘Reframing Cinema Histories’ co-edited with Gwenda Young). His work is also included in the edited collections Silent Italian Cinema: A Reader (2013) edited by G. Bertellini; Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New Perspectives on European Cinema History (2011), edited by D. Biltereyst, R. Maltby and P. Meers.


Lies Van de Vijver is a senior researcher at Ghent University working on historical and contemporary screen culture, film programming and cinema experience in Ghent. Her work has been published in Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal for Media History, and in edited collections. She is the co-editor of ‘Mapping Movie Magazines’ with Daniel Biltereyst (Palgrave 2020) and the currently working on the ‘Palgrave Handbook of Comparative New Cinema Histories’ with Daniela Treveri Gennari and Pierluigi Ercole. She has been a visiting professor Film Historiography, Film History, Media Studies and Visual Culture. She has been the co-coordinator of the HoMER Network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception), and the DICIS Network (Digital Cinema Studies). She has organized exhibitions on the history of cinema in Ghent, resulting in the book Gent Filmstad (Houtekiet 2021).