Today was the second and last day of the 11th Media Mutations conference at the University of Bologna in Italy. This year’s focus was on soft power, diplomacy and media, with special attention for film. The programme included great keynote talks by Stanley Rosen (University of Southern California) on China’s film industry and Rachel Dwyer (SOAS University of London) on Indian cinema, and five highly interesting panels with case-studies on topics ranging from contemporary Turkey’s television series (Dimitra Laurence Larochelle; Ece Vitrinel) over inter-Korean relations (Antonio Fiori and Marco Milani) to pioneering historical research on the concept of ‘screen diplomacy’ (Daniël Biltereyst, Ilaria Poggiolini, Dom Holdaway and Tomaso Subini). After having focused almost exclusively on teaching for several months, these two intensive days of research were very inspiring!
The conference was organized by Marco Cucco (University of Bologna) and co-organized by Zhan Zhang (Università della Svizzera italiana) and myself.