Precisely because the work in Sound Studies is “distinguished by self-consciousness of its place in a larger interdisciplinary discussion” (Sterne 2012), sound scholars usually come from different backgrounds and cannot help but facing longer traditions of thought and re-adjust (or emancipate from) well-established methodological procedures.
With the aim to make these differences productive, this roundtable will bring together renowned italian scholars in Musicology, Film studies and Science and Technologies Studies who engage in the field of Sound. By elaborating on three key-notions such as Voice, Emotion and Infrastructure, Massimo Locatelli, Paolo Magaudda and Elena Mosconi will propose some “points of convergence” which may contribute in establishing a common ground for the study of sound across diciplines.
Elena Mosconi is Associate Professor of History of Cinema at the University of Pavia, where she also teaches Theory and Analysis of Cinema and Audiovisual and History of Photography. She is the didactic director of the MICA master (Management of the Image, Cinema and Audiovisual) of Almed, Catholic University, where she teaches Forms and genres of cinema and audiovisual. Member of the scientific committee of magazines ("Image. Notes on the history of cinema", "The Adventure") and of editorial series (Mimesis, Ente dello Spettacolo, NeoClassica), she has published in national and international magazines and volumes. Her research focuses in particular on the historiography and cultural history of cinema and images, analyzed as symbolic and cultural forms (The impression of the film. 2006). She has worked in particular on cinema consumption and audiences (Spettatori, 2002 ed. With M. Fanchi; Italian spectators, ed. With F. Casetti); on silent cinema and its culture (Charlie Chaplin, 2005, ed .; Multiply the instant, 2007 ed. with E. Dagrada and S. Paoli); on the relationship between cinema / photography and music (Il muto melomane, 2016, ed. with S. Facci; Listening to Italian cinema. Music, voices, noises, 2019, ed. with R. Calabretto, M. Cosci; L ' image of music between the sixties and seventies, 2020); on the dynamics between Catholics and cinema (A 'domestic' cinema. Catholics and forms of cultural organization in Italy 1945-1970, 2018; In front of the screen, 2018, ed .; Black on white, 2018, ed.); on how to promote cinema (I poster typografici del cinema, 2001, ed. with R. Della Torre); on divas and the history of women in the field of cinema and audiovisuals. She is part of international research groups, such as WSS (Women and Silent Screen), NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies), FASCinA (Annual Forum of Film and Audiovisual Scholars), AIRSC (Italian Association for the History of cinema).
Massimo Locatelli is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies. His main research areas are on the one side the History of film theory and on the other side a Social and technological history of Italian cinema (including sound studies). He has always been interested in questions of cultural identity, focussing various themes about German, Italian and also Chinese national cinemas. He graduated in 1994 in Milan and he was awarded in 1995 with a scholarship of the Italian Foreign Ministry for a research year in foreign countries. He consequently moved to Germany, where he took a film academy certificate at the Hochschule fuer Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg (1999). Back to Milan in 2001, he started teaching Film and Media Studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and subsequently in Brescia. He has been co-editor of two main Italian film and media reviews, Bianco e Nero (from 2003 to 2013) and Comunicazioni Sociali (from 2003). Since 2015, he is a member of the editorial board of Cinéma&Cie. He is a founding member of NECS, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, and has been Program Manager of the 9th NECS Annual Conference in Milan, 2014.
Paolo Magaudda is Lecturer (RTD-B) in Sociology of Culture and Communication at the University of Padova (Italy), where he works with the PaSTIS Research Unit at the Department FISPPA. His main research interests regard the relationship between society, culture and technology and the principal fields are science & technology studies, media studies, consumer studies and sound studies. He teaches "Digital Innovation & Society" and "Interpersonal communication". His most recent books are A History of Digital Media. An Intermedia and Global Perspective (with G. Balbi, Routledge, 2018), Vite interconnesse. Pratiche digitali attraverso app, smartphone e piattaforme online (Meltemi, 2019, with M. Drusian and M. Scarcelli) and Fallimenti Digitali. Un’archeologia dei ‘nuovi’ media (edited with G. Balbi, Unicopli, Milano, 2018). He is co-founder and Co-editor-in-chief of the open access journal Tecnoscienza: the Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, Co-editor-in-Chief of the journal Studi Culturali (Il Mulino), member of the International Advisory Board of “Dancecult” (Griffith University) and Editorial Board of “Sociologica” (Unibo). From 2013 to 2018 he served as Secretary of STS Italia, the Italian Society for the Social Study of Science & Technology. In 2014 he was awarded the National Scientific habilitation as “Associate Professor” in Cultural Sociology.