LGBTQIA Representations & Italian Media

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The fourth workshop organised by the Queer Italia Network took place in New York and was hosted by CUNY and NYU. It explored the various relationships between queer theories, LGBTQIA populations, and the Italian media. It provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the ways that queer lives, moments, and politics have been represented in and appropriated by Italian media and culture, as well as an occasion to dialogue about the ways that queer perspectives impact on and provide alternatives to dominant contemporary and historical media forms. Some key questions that were addressed by papers include: 1.Representation: How are LGBTQIA lives depicted in the mainstream Italian media? What are the roots and/or consequences of such portrayals? 2.Queer approaches: Can queer theories lead us to different ways of understanding/reading the dynamics between society and the media in Italy? Can Italian mainstream media be “queered”? 3.Reappropriation: How are grassroots media makers in Italy challenging dominant forms of media production and consumption? 4.Convergence: How might we consider media convergence or new media in relation to queer conceptions of temporality, aesthetics, or historicity? 5.Socio-Political Media Economies: What, if anything, does an Italian national approach to queer media investigations contribute to larger understandings of global media industries? Papers focussed on tv, film, print media and the internet, and although many addressed contemporary issues, there was some very interesting work shared on print media from the 1960s onwards. As a result of this workshop, a co-edited volume is currently being prepared.
Period14 Sept 201715 Sept 2017
Event titleLGBTQIA Representations & Italian Media
Event typeWorkshop
LocationNew York, United States, New YorkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • queer
  • Italy
  • media representation
  • politics