Cecilia BrioniIRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Cecilia is Research Fellow in Italian at Trinity College Dublin and Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current research project, '(Trans)national Online Communities: Celebrity, Identity, and Reception on YouTube Italia', analyses (self-)representations of contemporary Italian young people on the video sharing platform YouTube.
Cecilia holds a BA in Modern History (Università di Bologna, 2008), a Master's Degree in Modern History and Society (Università di Pisa, 2011), and a PhD in Italian (University of Hull, 2017). She previously was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol (2019-2020).
Cecilia's research interests focus on representations of age and aging in 20th- and 21st-century Italian popular culture, with a particular attention to the social construction of youth in a variety of cultural artifacts, including film, television, magazines, novels, and social media content. Her forthcoming monograph Fashioning Italian Youth: Young People’s Identity and Style in Italian Popular Media, 1958-1975 (currently under review) examines discourses around Italian young people's style and the body in youth-oriented popular culture from 1958 to 1975. Moreover, she explored the significant role of spatial elements, like the city, in the construction of generational identities in the article ‘Leaving the Group: Bologna as an Urban Mythscape for 1990s Italian Youth’ (Forthcoming, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies).
Her current project investigates the ways in which the video sharing platform YouTube allows for a diversification of media representations of youth in the Italian context. In particular, it focuses on self-representations of Italian YouTubers, young video creators who produce original video material and upload it on the platform, and their audiences. The generational aspect is significant, given that young people are still under-represented, or tend to be stereotyped, in traditional Italian media. Moreover, Italian YouTubers often belong to of marginalized groups like Second Generations and members of the LGBTQ+ community who, in the last ten years, have become increasingly visible in Italian society. The research addresses two main themes: the celebrity status and self-representation strategies of Italian YouTube content creators, and the intersections of age, ethnicity, sexuality and gender in discourses around these content creators’ national identity, employing a combination of methodologies, such as interviews and critical discourse analysis of audio-visual texts.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- ‘Leaving the Group: Bologna as an Urban Mythscape for 1990s Italian Youth’. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Special Issue 'City and Nation in Cultural Perspective' (Forthcoming, 2021).
- ‘Shorn Capelloni: hair and young masculinities in the Italian media, 1965-1967’. Modern Italy, 25.1 (February 2020), pp. 3-16.
- ‘Rita e «La Zanzara»: la costruzione dell’identità giovanile italiana nei film Musicarelli (1958-1968)’ in Parigi, S., Uva, C. and Zagarrio, V. (eds.) (2019), Cinema e identità italiana: cultura visuale e immaginario nazionale fra tradizione e modernità. Rome: Roma TrE-Press, pp. 711-720.
- Co-authored. ‘Transnational “Italian” Stardom: Lara Saint Paul and the Performance of Race’. Italian Studies, 73.4 (Autumn 2018), pp. 351-364.
- ‘Between Two Stages: Rita Pavone and i giovani on Studio Uno, 1961-1966’. Italian Studies, 72.4 (Autumn 2017), pp. 414-427.
- ‘Poveri ma Belli’ in G. Solomons (ed.) (2014) World Film Locations: Rome. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 36-37.
- ‘Gidget Goes to Rome’ in G. Solomons (ed.) (2014) World Film Locations: Rome. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 66-67.
- Researching Italian Youth across Time: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Interdisciplinary Italy website, 05/02/2021. Available online at: <http://www.interdisciplinaryitaly.org/researching-italian-youth-across-time-an-interdisciplinary-approach/> [Accessed 05/02/2021].
- Co-authored. Il Divario Nord-Sud. Teaching and learning materials for A Level Italian. The Italian Teaching Resources Website, 01/04/2020. Available online at: <https://www.teachitalian.co.uk/divario-nord-sud-project.html> [Accessed 03/02/2021].
- Co-authored. Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Writing in the Humanities: Lara Saint Paul and the Performativity of Race. Interdisciplinary Italy website, 22/05/2018. Available online at: <http://www.interdisciplinaryitaly.org/interdisciplinarity-collaborative-writing-humanities-lara-saint-paul-performativity-race/> [Accessed 10/11/2018].
- Monograph. Fashioning Italian Youth: Young People’s Identity and Style in Italian Popular Media, 1958-1975. Under review.