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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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. I joined the History Department at Aberdeen in August 2023.

Latest Publications

  • America in Italian Culture: The Rise of a New Model of Modernity, 1861-1943 by Guido Bonsaver, Oxford, Oxford University Press, xx + 554 pp., £120.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-19-884946-9.

    Brioni, C.
    Modern Italy
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • ‘Vedo che siamo moderni, eh?’: Representations of Social Media Use in SKAM Italia

    Brioni, C.
    Italian Contemporary Youth Television. Barra, L., Hipkins, D., O'Rawe, C., Renga, D. (eds.)
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Fashioning Italian youth: Young people's identity and style in Italian popular culture, 1958-75

    Brioni, C.
    Manchester University Press. 238 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Margherita Buy. Accounting the Career of an Ageing (Anti-)Diva

    Brioni, C.
    Italian Contemporary Screen Performers. Training, Production, Prestige. Barra, L., Formenti, C., Pierini, M., Pitassio, F. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Leaving the group: Bologna as an urban mythscape for 1990s Italian youth

    Brioni, C.
    Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, vol. 8, pp. 207-226
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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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 artefacts, 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. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in History.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Italian History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Italian Society and Culture

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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), Stardom and Celebrity, Social and Cultural History, especially (but not limited to) the history of representations of bodies, fashion, gender, age and sexuality in 20th-century Europe.


Teaching Responsibilities

Contribution in team-taught courses:

HI1022 Europe in the Twentieth Century

HI1027 Making History

HI2020 The Birth of Modernity: Politics, Culture and Science in Europe, 1700-1870

HI356J Thinking History


Course coordinator:

HI4518 History in Practice


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Books and Reports

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