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MemberAnna Viola Sborgi

Anna Viola Sborgi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). Her current research  project investigates post-2000 representations of housing across film and literature, focusing in particular on the role of tower-block and high-rise living within London’s skyline as a space for social and economic negotiation. She previously worked on the representation of gentrification in East London from the 1980s to the present. She co-edited the special issue “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, <i>Other Modernities</i> N. 20 (2018). Her recent publications include a chapter on the representations of the Grenfell Tower Fire, in <i>After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response</i> (Pluto Press, 2019) and one on “Housing problems: Britain’s housing crisis and documentary” will be published in<i>Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe</i> (Edinburgh UP, July 2020). She taught a range of modules across Film and Literature as a sessional lecturer at The University of Genoa and King’s College London. Her research has focused on film and television and on the relationships between literature and visual culture. She has published journal articles and presented at conferences on different subjects, from British film and television to literary and visual portraiture in Modernism. She was the lead organiser of the Cities in Crisis symposium at King’s College London in November 2016 and she co-chairs the Space and Place workgroup at NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies). She is an editorial board member at Mediapolis.