Italian Research Seminar: Lora Jury (University of Notre Dame)

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Location: Rare Books and Special Collections 102 Hesburgh Library

The fourth meeting of the Italian Research Seminar in Fall 2022 will host a research presentation by Lora Jury, PhD student in the Italian program at ND, titled:

Fellini, Film, and the Proliferation of Petroculture in Postwar Italy

Lora Jury is a British film scholar and 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies, with a double minor in Gender Studies and FTT (Film, Television and Theatre). They grew up in Wales and graduated from the University of Reading, with a BA in English Literature and Italian Studies, where they also completed a study abroad period at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. Lora subsequently moved to the US to complete an MA in Italian Studies from the University of Oregon. Lora is a dedicated advocate for student wellbeing, international student support, and educational equity for underrepresented and first-generation university attendees. Lora was recently selected to serve as a Nanovic Institute Graduate Fellow during the 2022-23 academic year, and has also been awarded a prestigious Wolfsonian Fellowship to support their research on postcolonial Italian cinema, which will make it possible for them to conduct research at the Wolfsonian Library in Miami, Florida. 

Their current dissertation project, on the exhibition of corporeal abnormality in the films of Federico Fellini, traces the director’s representation of the travelling performer back to its colonial roots, from the Berlin Conference (1884) and European New Imperialism, through 19th century European atavistic racial science, to the Human Zoos that Europeans, Italians among them, peddled during the fin-de-siecle Universal Expositions that took place in the continent’s largest and most metropolitan cities.

More details will be posted at the beginning of the 2022 Fall semester.