About me

I joined Media Department at Northumbria University, Newcastle in September 2012 as Lecturer in Mass Communications. Prior to joining the University of Northumbria, I worked at the University of Sassari from 2006 to 2012. During this time, I’ve worked as a lecturer and supervisor of research, published widely and delivered presentations in several countries.

Research Interests

A summary of the main elements or themes within my research

I have a strong interest in developments in new media and theories of media, communication and culture.

In particular my research is divided in three main areas: First, I am interested in the mass media as a tool of social control in a democracy and the role of surveillance in a digital era, moving from author as Foucault and Deleuze and looking for the connection with new technologies of Communication and in particular internet and web 2.0.

I am also interested in the so-called digital divide and the stratification in the access and use of the internet. In particular I am interested in the new digital exclusion in a society of information, where having or not having information may create new forms of digital inequalities with clear consequences to a democracy.

A third major focus of my research is the propaganda, as well as how propagandists, both in democracy and totalitarian regime, deploy the mass media in the formation of public opinion. In particular I focus my research on the critical analysis of the economic and cultural context in which we live, stressing the role of the cultural industry and the role of PR agency, the Advertising Agency, as a tool of propaganda in open societies.

Teaching experience

  • April 2014 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
  • September 2012-April 2014: Lecturer in Mass Communication, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
  • 2011-2012: Lecturer Sociology of Media, University of Sassari, Undergraduate course
  • 2009-2012: Lecturer Social Communication, University of Sassari, Postgraduate course.
  • 2006- 2012: Lecturer Sociology of Culture and Communication, University of Sassari, Undergraduate course
  • 2003-2006: Teaching assistant of Sociology of Media, University of Sassari.

Research and study abroad

  • November 2016 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, Oslo University, Norway.
  • June 2016 Visiting researcher, Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA), Universidade de São Paulo.
  • December 2014: Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
  • February 2014: Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
  • February 2013: Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
  • April-May 2012: Visiting Fellow at the Radicalism and the New Media Research Group, University of Northampton.
  • December 2011: Visiting at the School of Social Sciences, University of Northampton.
  • May-June 2011: Visiting at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Háskóli Íslands, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • Jan – Feb 2011: Short-Term Scientific Missions (Early stage research) for COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Sept 2010: Visiting at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).
  • Jun 2010: Visiting Lecturer, Universidad de Vallodolid, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Jurídicas y de la Comunicación, Segovia (Spain).
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2007: Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies, University of Oslo.
  • Sept 2006 – Jul 2007: Affiliated Visitor, Department of Sociology, CambridgeUniversity (supervisor: Prof. John B. Thompson), Visiting Scholar, WolfsonCollege, Cambridge.
  • June 2005: Diploma in Activism and Media at the Z Media Institute, Boston (MA).
  • 2003-2004: Visiting Research, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds, UK (Supervisor: Prof. Philip M. Taylor).

Publications

Books:

Articles and chapters

Reviews:

  • Review of Monahan, Torin and Rodolfo D. Torres (eds.) Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education. New Brunswick, New Jersey,London:RutgersUniversity Press, in Surveillance & Society, Vol. 7, No 3/4 (2010), pp. 356-357.
  • Review of James C. Witte and Susan E. Mannon,  The Internet and Social Inequalities.New York and London: Routledge. 2010. 182 pp. $29.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-415-96319-0, in Teaching Sociology, owned by The American Sociological Association, Published by SAGE Pubblication (in corso di stampa).

Selected Conferences

  • Narrative from the Net. Demonstrating why Digital Divide is a Dilemma for Digital Activists in Africa, Uppsala University, Sweeden, 9 December 2016.
  • The six capitals (6Cs): the rise of the digital capital. ECREA conference, Prague, November 2016
  • From Social to Digital Inequalities, paper presented at Intercom Comunicação, San Paulo, Brazil (18 June 2016).
  • Empowering Local Communities through collective grassroots actions: the case of “No al Progetto Eleonora” in the Arborea district (OR, Sardinia). Paper presented at the “Protest participation in Variable Communication Ecologies” Conference, University of Sassari (IT), 25 June 2015.
  • Chair panel “Global Protest Landscapes” at the “Protest participation in Variable Communication Ecologies” Conference, University of Sassari (IT), 25 June 2015.
  • Keynote presentation: Rethinking digital divide, University of Exeter 03/06/2015
  • Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, 2 June 2015, Digital Inequalities.
  • I have proposed and coordinated a special track (with 4 panels and 17 papers) about Digital Divide at the MECCSA conference 2015, Northumbria University.
  • ICA Conference, Seattle, May 22 2014, Chair of the ICA pre-conference session:  Communication and “The Good Life” Around the World After Two Decades of the Digital Divide.
  • ICA Conference, Seattle, May 22 2014, Social Stratification and digital divide: a weberian approach.
  • AIMCR Conference, Dublin, 25-30 June, 2013: Censorship, propaganda and media ownership in Italy in the Era of Berlusconi.
  • Northumbria University, Research Media, 20 March 2013: Women on Italian Television: misrepresentation and symbolic violence.
  • 24-25 February 2013, Media, Communication, Publics, CMCL, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia. Title of paper: The double perception of surveillance: strong with interpersonal and weak with institutional surveillance.
  • 10-11 February 2013, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, From Symbolic violence to Social Sustainability.
  • 27-28 July 2012, Living in Surveillance society, Organizer and Chair, University of Sassari.
  • 30 May 2012, The State of Surveillance, Liss/Cost Conference, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona. Title of paper: Dataveillance and e-surveillance. A critical case study of the usage of Social Networking Sites by students in Sassari.
  • 17 April 2012, World Wide Web Conference, Lyon, France. Title of paper:  Small Talk in the Digital Age: Making Sense of Phatic Posts.
  • Oxford, Regent’s ParkCollege, 10 Febbraio 2012: Symposium: Broadcasting in the Modernist Era: 1922-1962. Title of paper: Radio broadcasting in the Fascist Italy: between censorship, total control, Jazz and Futurism.
  • The changing role of women on Italian Television, Northampton University, Guest Lecture, 7 December 2011
  • Violence against women: from media misrepresentation to physical violence, 3rd International Seminar on Social Sustainability: Migration, Gender and Trafficking of Women, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 7 Novembre 2011
  • Università di Sassari, il ruolo dei social network nella rivoluzione araba, 8 Aprile 2011. Chair and discussant.
  •  Oxford 1 Febbraio 2011: Oxford Internet Institute. Seminario di studi. Titolo del paper presentato: The political use of the Internet in Italy.
  • Universidad de Valladolid, Segovia, 2 giugno 2010. Relatore principale. Titolo del paper presentato: Come cambia la comunicazione al tempo del web 2.0.
  • University College Cork, (Ireland), 14-15 maggio 2010: Tavola rotonda: COST ACTION ISO0807 “Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS Meeting of WG2).
  • Università degli studi di Sassari, 10 maggio 2010, conferenza organizzata in collaborazione con la fondazione Pubblicità Progresso. Titolo del paper presentato: Comunicazione sociale e social newtork.
  • Università degli Studi di Sassari, 7 maggio 2010. Organizzatore e coordinatore della tavola rotonda: Il mondo dell’immigrazione raccontato dal cinema con la presentazione del cortometraggio di Antonio Maciocco vincitore del Premio NEI (Network Euromediterraneo interculturale). Titolo dell’intervento: Il cinema racconta l’immigrazione.
  • London, 13-15 aprile 2010. Partecipazione ai workshop organizzati all’interno del LiSS Annual Conference, City University London, UK.
  • Università degli studi di Sassari, 13 Novembre 2009, organizzatore e coordinatore dell’incontro “Promuovere la cultura della legalità” con Luigi De Magistris, Presidente della Commissione Controllo Bilancio dell’Unione Europea.
  • Sassari, maggio 2009, Mafia, politica e informazione. Coordinatore della tavola rotonda.
  • Università degli studi di Sassari, dicembre 2008, Tavola rotonda: vuoti di memoria. Titolo del paper presentato: Il ruolo dei mass media nella costruzione/ricostruzione della memoria.
  • Convegno internazionale, promosso dalla sezione PIC dell’Associazione Italiana di Sociologia, Oltre l’individualismo? Rileggere il legame sociale, tra nuove culture e nuovi media, Università di Milano-Bicocca, 15-16 ottobre 2008. Titolo del paper presentato: Internet tra nuovi movimenti e vecchi sogni libertari.
  • Workshop on Surveillance studies, con David Lyon and Stefano Rodotà, all’interno del I° Festival Internazionale del diritto di Piacenza, 28-29 settembre 2008.
  • Cagliari giugno 2008, I mass media e la crisi mediorientale, unico relatore nell’ambito di un ciclo di incontri organizzati da associazioni umanitarie e ONG.
  • Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, (CA) USA, Marzo 2008, The surveillance in Europe, relazione presentata al convegno internazionale, Hixon-Riggs Forum on Science, Technology and Society.
  • Milano, Novembre 2007, Convegno internazionale sulla comunicazione sociale, organizzato dalla Fondazione pubblicità progresso.
  • Napoli, Giugno 2007, Convegno Nazionale Memoria e Discorso Pubblico organizzato dall’ Associazione Italiana di Sociologia-Sezione Processi e Istituzioni Culturali. Titolo del paper presentato: Dall’iperrealtà alla costruzione della realtà: lo scenario offerto dai new media.

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