Organizing Committee


Paolo Russo

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Oxford Broookes University

Paolo researches and teaches screenwriting, story development and film history. Currently, he is currently Chairperson of the SRN.

He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (Intellect) and L’Avventura – International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes (Il Mulino). He published a History of Italian Cinema (2008), an edited volume on screenwriting in Italy (2014), articles on the Journal of Screenwriting, and several chapters in edited books (see here).

A former script reader, ghostwriter and story editor for feature, and video-game localizer, he is also a professional screenwriter.


Peter Turner

Lecturer in Film, Oxford Brookes University

Peter Turner is the Subject Coordinator for the MSc in Digital Media Production at Oxford Brookes University where he lectures on the Film Studies, Digital Media Production and Media, Communications and Culture courses.

His monograph Found Footage Horror Films: A Cognitive Approach was recently published as part of Routledge Advances in Film Studies series. He has delivered papers at conferences of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image in London, Helsinki and Montana. His current project examines audience memories of underage film viewing.


Maya Nedyalkova

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Oxford Brookes University

Maya earned her BA in Film and Philosophy and MA in Film and Cultural Management, and explored transnational aspects of the Bulgarian film industry during her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Southampton.

Currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, she is investigating the shifting patterns of contemporary Bulgarian film consumption, positioned within global culture and economy.


Francesco Sticchi

Lecturer in Film, Oxford Brookes University

Francesco has a Ph.D in Film Studies from Oxford Brookes University where he was recently appointed as Lecturer. He also works at the SAE Institute. He has published the book: Melancholy Emotion in Contemporary Cinema: A Spinozian Analysis of Film Experience (Routledge, 2019) in addition to several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

He is interested in the possibility to combine Spinoza’s philosophy with contemporary theories on the ecology of the mind. His current project uses Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of chronotope to develop an affective-ethical approach to examine how contemporary media culture addresses the concept of precarity.

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