Dr Cecilia Brioni

Dr Cecilia Brioni
Dr Cecilia Brioni
Dr Cecilia Brioni


Accepting PhDs

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212 Crombie Annexe
Old Aberdeen Campus
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AB24 3TS

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School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History


I hold 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). I previously was a Teaching Fellow in Italian at the University of Hull (2018-19), a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol (2019-20), and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-22) and a Teaching Fellow in Italian (2022-23) at Trinity College Dublin.

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Research Overview

My research interests focus on representations of bodies, style, age and ageing and gender in 20th- and 21st-century Italian popular culture, with a particular attention to the social and cultural construction of youth in a variety of cultural artifacts, including film, television, magazines, novels, and social media content. My monograph Fashioning Italian Youth: Young People's Identity and Style in Italian Popular Media, 1958-1975 (Manchester University Press, 2023) examines discourses around Italian young people's style and the body in youth-oriented popular culture from 1958 to 1975. My publications have examined the emergence of youth stardom in 1960s Italian television, representations of young masculinities and the trend of long hair in 1960s film and print media, Blackness and stardom in Italian culture from the 1960s to the present day, the Musicarello (an Italian musical, youth-oriented film genre), and the relationship between subcultural youth and urban spaces in 1990s novels set in Bologna. My current research investigates whether social media have allowed for a diversification of representations of youth in the Italian context, by looking at self-representations of Italian youth on YouTube. 

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Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in History.

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My current supervision areas are: History.

I would welcome the opportunity to supervise students interested in Modern European History, Italian History, Popular Culture and Popular Media (cinema, television, magazines, social media), Social and Cultural History, especially (but not limited to) the history of representations of bodies, fashion, gender, age and sexuality in 20th-century Europe.


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