'Giampaolo Fabris' Department of Communication, Arts and Media
The 'Giampaolo Fabris' Department of Communication, Arts and Media promotes a kind of academic research based on a unique idea and practice of modern humanism. From the domain of arts to the domain of literature, from surveys on society to those on cinema, television, theatre, music and fashion, the wide range of issues develops methodologies marked by interdisciplinarity and, at the same time, intermediality. The necessary specialism connected to academic approaches, anyhow, tends to privilege some invariant references: i.e the production and consumption of cultural contents and forms (with particular attention to new technologies), old and new urban identities, recent social identities, information strategies and biases, and finally Artificial Intelligence. This type of approach does not imply that the historical perspective is neglected; on the contrary, it deeply characterizes the cultural activities of several members of the Department. This form of historicism, nevertheless, is mostly realized through the valorization of the media interweavings, as a peculiar characteristic of contemporaneity.
Within such a framework, it is necessary to emphasize the role of operational and professionalizing skills related to the considerable number of adjunct professors who collaborate with the Department. Their active presence in the “roots” of our society is the guarantee of a necessary, almost physiological orientation towards the Third Mission, that is, to the conversion of research in terms of practical spin-offs.
Since 2017, the Department has supported a considerable amount of research, a summary description of which can be found below, in the "Departmental Projects" section.
Also since 2017, a collaborative relationship with the important periodical Testo a fronte has begun.
A collection of monographs has been active since 2018.
Also worth mentioning is both the activity of IUPS (IULM Research Group on Periodical Studies), which acts in the domain of periodical studies with an international outlook, and the activity of the research group on "Milano e la memoria", which also affects the Third Mission.
Two Research Centres are connected to the Department:
In addition to the Director, the Department is governed by a Deputy Director and a Council. In order to reflect academic specialisms, two Sections are active: 'Arts and Society' and 'Narrative, Visual, Media and Performing Arts', each of which is coordinated by a professor.
Members of the Council
"Arts and Society" Section
Coordinator: Luisa Damiano
The research promoted by the scholars of this Section privileges, first and foremost, the observation of social phenomena from the perspective of communication. This means investigating – also in an empirical manner – public behaviours, general features of information and of its biases. A specifical attention is devoted to consumption, lifestyles and cultural attitudes. The focus on new technologies and on the characteristics of Web 2.0 is enhanced by studies on applications of artificial intelligence. Secondly, contemporary art and its metamorphoses in a media context are investigated too, and at the same time the rootedness of arts in a metropolis like Milan is object of a particular attention. Thirdly, the department funds research on the theme of complexity and on the dynamics of epistemological self-transformation of scientific and technological intelligibility.
The following teachers are affiliated to the section:
Anna Luigia De Simone
Guido Di Fraia
Maria Angela Polesana
‘Narrative, Visual, Media and Performing Arts' Section
Coordinator: Daniela Cardini
In this Section the studies concern, firstly, cinema and television, approached from an original perspective that combines attention to theoretical issues, historical investigation, and current affairs. Secondly, the connection between cinema and literature, between cinema (television) and music, between theatre and new media, etc. - i.e. the analysis of a series of media interweavings - represents a characteristic and innovative feature of this kind of research. Thirdly, the narrative characteristics accompanying inter- and trans- media phenomena is in the focus of specific attention, even from a methodological point of view; and this is coupled with a series of original surveys in the interdisciplinary field of periodical studies.
The following teachers are affiliated to the section:
Gian Battista Canova
Ilenia De Bernardis
Stefano Lombardi Vallauri
IULM research group on Periodicals Studies
IuPS, the IULM Research Group on Periodical Studies, aims to analyze Italian and foreign newspapers and magazines, of the past and of the present, from a transmedia perspective. It is composed by researchers from the department of Communication, Arts and Media "Giampaolo Fabris" and the department of Humanities. Over the years, periodical scholars from other institutions, both Italian and foreign ones, have joined it.
IuPS actively collaborates with ESPRit (European Society for Periodical Research).
Dott. Dario Boemia
Prof. Andrea Chiurato (Member of the ESPRit Committee)
Prof. Paolo Giovannetti
Dott.ssa Elena Gipponi
Dott. Stefano Locati
Prof. Mara Logaldo (Chair of ESPRit)
Dott. Filippo Pennacchio
In 2016-2018, a first project was developed, which led to the organization of the Sixth annual international conference of ESPRit Conflict in the Periodical Press (held at IULM University, Milan, on 28-30 June 2017), the publication of a special issue of JEPS (Journal of European Periodical Studies) edited by Paolo Giovannetti, Andrea Chiurato, and Mara Logaldo, and the volume Periodici del novecento e del duemila tra le avanguardie e il postmoderno, edited by Giovannetti and published in 2018.
In the years 2018-2020 a second project was developed, focusing on the review form. The outcomes of this project were a one-day workshop on reviewing practices (Milan, May 2019), the first international conference dedicated to the genre of the review, held online on June 3-5, 2020, and the volume on the practice of reviewing in modern and contemporary publishing Leggere per scegliere, edited by Andrea Chiurato (2020).
Since 2022, a third project has seen the continuation of the research on periodicals, focusing on the birth and establishment of the illustrated magazine format, which became popular in Italy in the late 1930s, during the fascist regime. The analysis has centred on the magazine Tempo in relation to other weeklies and periodical publications experimenting with similar techniques during the same period. A first workshop is planned for November 22, 2022, and an international conference will be organized in 2023.
2020 - "Book Reviews and Beyond. The Transformations of Literature and Art Criticism in Periodicals Between the 18th and the 21st Century", June 3-5, 2020 (online).
2021 – “Dal critico all'influencer: Metamorfosi della recensione”, 24 September 2021 (online).
2022 – “Testo e immagine nel rotocalco d’attualità. La prima serie di Tempo e gli altri periodici popolari fra anni Trenta e Quaranta”, 22 November 2022 (IULM).
Boemia, Dario, “La recensione letteraria a fumetti tra gli anni Sessanta e gli anni Settanta in Italia”, in Boccali, R. (a cura di), Intrecci mediali. Articolazioni dell'iconico nella cultura visuale contemporanea, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2019, pp. 167-184.
Boemia, Dario, I denti dell’arte. La letteratura entre-deux-guerres nell’“Italiano” di Leo Longanesi, Amos, Venezia-Mestre 2020.
Boemia, Dario, “Alle ‘soglie’ dei Sillabari di Goffredo Parise. Dalla terza pagina alle edizioni in volume”, in Griseldaonline, vol. 19, n. 1, 2020, pp. 90-106.
Boemia, D., Locati, S. (a cura di), Book Reviews and Beyond. Critical Authority, Cultural Industry, and Society in Periodicals Between the 18th and the 21st Century, Biblion, Milano 2021.
Boemia, Dario, “L’intelligenza malinconica. Il dibattito intorno al Neorealismo sulla rivista ‘La Chimera’” (1954-1955), Giovannetti, Paolo (a cura di), Le forme del simbolo. Discorsi e pratiche del contemporaneo, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2021, pp. 133-147.
Boemia, Dario, “Al funerale dello Zio Sam. Le cronache americane nell’‘Italiano’ di Leo Longanesi, in Carli A., Cavalli S., Savio D. (a cura di), Letteratura e antropologia. Generi, forme e immaginari. Atti del XXI Convegno Internazionale della MOD 13-15 giugno 2019, ETS, Pisa 2021, pp. 489-197.
Boemia, Dario, “Guido Crepax and the Book Reviews in Comics Form: The case of ‘La Fiera Letteraria’ (1967) and ‘Linus’ (1994-95)”, in Simultanea, vol. 3, n. 1, 2022.
Chiurato, Andrea (a cura di), The Last Avant-garde. Alternative and anti-establishment reviews (1970-1979), Mimesis, Milano 2018.
Chiurato, Andrea (a cura di), Leggere per scegliere. La pratica della recensione nell’editoria moderna e contemporanea, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2020.
Giovannetti, Paolo (a cura di), Periodici del Novecento e del Duemila fra avanguardie e postmoderno, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2018.
Giovannetti, Paolo, “Conflict in the Periodical Press”, in Journal of European Periodical Studies, vol. 3, n. 1, p. 1-6.
Gipponi, Elena, Una rivoluzione inavvertita. Dal bianco e nero al colore nello scenario mediale della modernità italiana, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2020.
Logaldo, Mara, Cronaca come romanzo: Truman Capote e il New Journalism, Arcipelago, Milano 2003.
Logaldo, Mara, “’The Last Laugh?’ A Multimodal Analysis of Captions in Photojournalism”, in Pólemos, vol. 11, 1, 2017, pp. 247-266.
Logaldo, M., Giovannetti, P., Chiurato, A. (a cura di), Special Issue on Conflict, Journal of Periodical Studies (JEPS), vol. 3, n. 1, 2018.
Logaldo, M., Antelmi, D. (a cura di), Testi brevi di accompagnamento. Linguistica, semiotica, traduzione, Universitas Studiorum, Mantova 2020.
Logaldo, M., Garzone, G., Santulli, F. (a cura di), Investigating Conflict Discourses in the Periodical Press, Bern-Berlin-New York: Peter Lang 2020.
Pennacchio, Filippo, “Ai margini del margine. ‘Frankenstein, trimestrale di tecnologia, Poesia e mercato’”, in Cavalli S., Savio D., Van den Bergh C. (a cura di), Fabrica in fabula. Industria e editoria nel Novecento, introduzione di Giuseppe Lupo, Franco Cesati, Firenze 2022, pp. 187-197.
Pennacchio, Filippo, “Gli anni ottanta di ‘Linea d’ombra’”, in Storiografia, 24, 2020, pp. 213-219.
Pennacchio, Filippo, “Un laboratorio dell’alterità. “Linea d’ombra” fra postcolonialismo, letteratura mondiale e globalizzazione”, in Letteratura e letterature, 14, 2020, pp. 13-27.