Federico Pagello

Federico Pagello is Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara. He received his PhD from the University of Bologna, and has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Universities of Bologna, Limoges and Belfast (Queen’s). His research deals with the history and theory of film and popular media, with a focus on the transnational and transmedia circulation of serial narratives. He has published two monographs (Grattacieli e superuomini. L’immagine della metropoli tra cinema e fumetto, Le Mani 2010; Quentin Tarantino and Film Theory: Aesthetic and Dialectics in Late Postmodernity, Palgrave Macmillan 2020), as well as a number of articles and book chapters included in international peer-review journals and edited collections.

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Recent articles

In 2019, the collapse of the Córrego do Feijão dam in Minas Gerais, Brazil, released a mudflow that left environmental and humanitarian devastation in its wake. Two years later, artists Bárbara Lissa and Maria Vaz returned to the zone to document the aftermath. In this text, they consider the limitations… Read more »

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Mundus Subterraneus, published in 1664, is the final result of German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher’s geological investigations. Here we publish an extract from the chapter, De Lapidibus, in which Kircher muses on the cognitive phenomenon which will be later known as pareidolia – seeing faces and figures within natural formations, in… Read more »

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Glimpses of images, by nature marked by constraints and boundaries: the time and space that you might capture during apnea diving. In this photo-essay, Gianluca Tesauro reflects on his own experience as a freediver and on the idea that, as humans, there will always be something that we cannot access.

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