Politic ; Swiss Cinema; Transnationalism ; Italian Diaspora
Lento Mattia (2019), Rezension des Films "Non ho l'età", in Cinema Jahrbuch
, 64, ---.
Lento Mattia (2018), Emigrazione, maternità ed emancipazione ne "Il valore della donna è il suo silenzio", in Gender Sexuality Italy
, 5, 56-79.
LentoMattia (2018), Libertà è partecipazione. I cineclub dell’emigrazione italiana in Svizzera come spazi politici e pedagogici, in Cinema e Storia
, VII(1), 173-191.
Lento Mattia, “Little Italy” on the Move: the Birth and Transatlantic Relocation of a Cultural Myth, in Bonsaver Guido, Carlucci Alessandro, Reeza Matthew (ed.), Legenda, Oxford, ---.
LentoMattia, Around the Factory, or "Trevico-Torino: viaggio nel Fiat-Nam", in Marmo Lorenzo, Baghetti Carlo (ed.), Peter Lang, -, ---.
LentoMattia, Zürich und die italienische Tschinggen zwischen Kino und Literatur, in Lange Stella, Schrader Sabine (ed.), Mainz Univeristy Press, Mainz, 177-195.
My project will explore, at historical-analytical level, the influence of Italian migrants on some of the politics of the Swiss cinematic institution, with the aim of reconstructing both some important moments in the history of Swiss cinema and some neglected aspects of Italian diaspora in Switzerland during the twentieth century and beyond. Moreover, the project aims to connect and compare the Italian diaspora in the Swiss cinema with the Italian diaspora in other national cinemas, introducing a transnational perspective in the aforementioned historical analysis. Finally, this project, at a theoretical level, will investigate the facets of the political category in relation to cinema and diaspora. This project took shape before the end of my doctorate and after that. Much research on the Italian diaspora in the Swiss cinema has already been conducted, simultaneous with the doctoral project, and some results have already been presented in the form of essays, papers, lectures, or film introductions. The main aim of this project is to investigate aspects of the history of Swiss cinema related to the Italian diaspora. Another aim of this project is to work on the concept of the political in relation to cinema and diaspora. A third and final aim of the project is broader and concerns the connection between Italian diaspora in Swiss cinema and other national cinematic contexts in Europe and abroad. Various methodological frames of reference will be used in this project and developed during my stay: film and cinema history, diaspora and transnational studies, cultural studies and film aesthetics. Film studies approaches have not developed an appropriate critical framework for the detailed study of the relationship of diaspora and cinema. It is important to open the discipline to cultural studies, a domain more strictly related to diaspora studies, and one which allows for a more interdisciplinary and flexible perspective. Nevertheless, this project does not intend to use cinema only as a tool for analyzing historical and sociological facts, excluding film aesthetics or medium-specific historical analysis. On the contrary, this project aims to create a virtuous circle, bringing the comprehension of films and historical cinematic facts toward the analysis of the society in a particular historical moment, and vice versa. In conclusion, this project, in its complexity, will be an opportunity to explore hybridization and negotiations of methodologies - always on the basis of the nature of evidence collected and the specific case study considered - which could otherwise appear distant or irreconcilable.