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Giovanna Rampazzo

Giovanna Rampazzo

P: +353-1-4027191
Campus: Aungier Street

Research Topic: Indian Cinema in Ireland: Film as a Site of Cultural Mediation

My research falls within the developing area of Transnational/Transcultural Cinema, looking at Indian cinema as a case study in the Irish context. A number of scholars have examined the transnationalism of Indian cinema, especially that form of it popularly referred to as ‘Bollywood' (for example, Larkin, 2003, 2002; Kaur and Sinha, 2005) but its circulation and consumption in Ireland is as yet unexplored. Ireland presents a particularly interesting site to examine this phenomenon given that there has been a tangible emergence of a South Asian diaspora in the last decade - including all the fractures and affiliations such a regional formation might suggest - as well as the changing nature of film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, coupled with issues around internet piracy and digital media consumption. My research looks to examine Indian cinema through its performativity and the socio-cultural mediations and encounters that ‘Bollywood' in its formation as a broader cultural - not film - industry as argued by Rajadhyaksha (2002) facilitates. The question central to this research is to probe the place and role of film as commodity within Ireland, examining if, how, and in what ways cinema functions as an agent of dialogue and a catalyst for socio-cultural and economic exchange. My research will involve a study of sites/events branded around ‘Bollywood' as a commodity, including exhibition spaces, film festivals (especially the Indian Film Festival of Ireland), production ventures, and key social actors involved with these.

I completed my BA in Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in England, where I developed an interest in Hindi film. During my undergraduate studies I took part in several media projects: I have been involved in social research, collaborating in the making of a documentary about ADHD. I gained experience in researching ethnicity when I contributed to a radio programme on the countries that constitute the European Union for Dublin City Anna Livia FM in 2006. In the same period I have also directed and produced several short films set in Dublin. In 2009 I was awarded a MPhil in Film Theory and History by Trinity College Dublin.


‘Watching Bollywood Films in Dublin: Cinema Spaces, Spectatorship and Urban Life'. MECCSA 2013 'SPACES AND PLACES OF CULTURE', University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland, 9-11 January.

‘A Bollywood Commercial for Ireland: Constructing Exoticism in Bombay Cinema'. Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 18-20 April.

‘Filming Ek Tha Tiger in Dublin: Bollywood, Community and Locality'. Alphaville Inaugural Conference, 'Cinema in the Interstices',University College Cork (September).

'Reconfiguring the Experience of Urban Space: Bollywood Films in Dublin'. 9th Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway, Ireland (April).

'Dabangg and the Renewal of Bollywood Cinema: An Audiences Perspective', Genres in Transit: Re-thinking Genre in Contemporary Cinemas Conference,Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (April).




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