8 May 2015
The Italian Cinema Audiences Team took part in the SWW DTP Training Day held at Exeter University (College of Humanities). The aim was to offer training in research methods and methodology to doctoral students whose doctoral research relates to the theme of gender and the body. The sub-heading ‘transnational perspectives’ emphasizes the extent to which the academics involved in the training day will not be restricted to an Anglo-American perspective in terms of the focus of case studies and research methods.The aim was to deliver the training on the theme of gender and the body via a range of activities: a plenary lecture, workshops, round-table discussion and interactive group work. The day included a workshop run by the project team:
Mapping Memories of Star Bodies: Cinema Audiences in the 1950s.
Taking the Italian star Sophia Loren as its focus, this workshop explored research methods employed as part of a major AHRC-funded project on Italian cinema audiences in the 1950s. The session made use of archival material from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, located on Exeter University Campus, and interview material from the project in order to show how this method can be used to re-evaluate existing narratives in relation to star bodies.