Job: Associate Professor
School/department: Leicester Media School
Research group(s): The Cinema and Television History (CATHI) Institute
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom
T: 0116 201 3993
Dr Acciari studied Film Studies at University of Bologna (Italy), where she obtained her BA and a first MA in Film History, working on Federico Fellini’s unpublished radio plays. She obtained a second MA in New Media Management from the European Institute of Design in Milan. Dr Acciari's doctoral research was conducted at the University of Manchester with a fully funded AHRC project entitled “Indo-Italian screens and the Aesthetic of Emotions”.
Her principal research interests lie in the areas of Film and Cultural studies. Her areas of research are: film festivals; Bollywood; new-wave Indian cinema; Transnational cinema and South Asian diasporic cinema; cinema and ethnicity; dubbing and subtitling; international audience studies; film restoration and preservation in India; and cultural theory. Dr Acciari is particularly interested in qualitative research methods, and the use of sociological and ethnographic methodologies as applied to popular culture, in addition to theoretical and archival research.
Dr Acciari is the Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival (Leicester), and Principal Investigator of the research and diasporic community engagement project: Building Audiences. Besides being part of several international research networks, she is also a writer for the online magazine Festivalists, where she mostly contributes with articles on Indian cinema and Indian Film Festivals. She is regularly contributing to the magazine Pukaar in Leicester.
The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre
Film reviews in edited books:
BA and MA Film Studies (University of Bologna, Italy)MA New Media (European Institute of Design, Milan, Italy)PhD (University of Manchester, UK)
Introduction to Global Film History (2017- current Module leader)
Film and New Media (2016-2017, Module Leader)
Audiences and Fandom (20116-2017 Seminar Tutor)
De Montfort University / Square Mile Grant, September 2016, Organisation of the First Leicester Asian Film Festival
De Montfort University/ DMULocal Grant, September 2016, Building Diasporic Audiences (Community Work)
Euro-Bollywood Research Network, (BAFTSS)
Transnational Cinema Research Network (BAFTSS)
CoRN Research Network
Film Festival Research Network (FFRN)
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
Invited Talks and Keynotes:
Conference and Symposium Papers:
Associate Director and programming advisor at the LeAFF (Leicester Asian Film Festival)
AHRC (OWRI) (PI) £5800 Multilingual Euro-Bollywood: an "imaginative language" project (https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/blog/exploring-multilingualism/creative-multilingualism-owri-funded-projects) (July 2018).
BAFTSS (PI) £250 - Euro-Bollywood (SIG) workshop: Deconstructing the Complexity (July 2017)
MUPI (Co-I) £1000 Cinema Going, Memory and the Diaspora (July 2017).
DMULocal 2018-2019 - £ 5000 UK Asian Film Festival Leicester (Third Edition)
DMULocal 2018 - £ 5000 UK Asian Film Festival Leicester (Second Edition)
DMULocal 2017 - £ 5000 UK Asian Film Festival Leicester (First Edition)
DMU Square Mile India - 2017 £2700, Building Audiences: "Not Quite Bollywood Community Project" (www.buildingaudiences.org.uk).
Other academic duties:
Editorial Board for Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation
Monia Acciari and Hrishikesh Ingle “Film Festival in South Asia: A dialogic approach (a two-day workshop)”.(International collaborative Workshop between De Montfort University and The University of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad India) 7-8 September 2017, Hyderabad, India.
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