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Giorgia Aiello

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Academic discipline: SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication

Curriculum vitae

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EDUCATION

2008 - PhD in Communication, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (Supervisor: Professor Crispin Thurlow)

2002 - MA in Communication and Information Technology, University of Bologna.

2001 - BA & MA in Communication Studies (Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione), summa cum laude), University of Bologna.

1999-2000 - Visiting Graduate Student ("Overseas" scholarship), University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

1997-1998 - ERASMUS, Universität Bremen, Germany (Coordinator: Professor Umberto Eco).

ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Dal 2021 - Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale di Prima Fascia in Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi (Settore Concorsuale 14/C2), con giudizio positivo unanime della Commissione.

2020-present - Professor of Culture and Communication, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds (UK).

Dal 2020 - Professoressa Associata in Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi (SPS/08), in seguito a chiamata diretta dall'estero.

Dal 2017 al 2019 - Director of Research and Innovation, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

Dal 2016 al 2020 - Associate Professor, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

2015 - Invited Visiting Scholar, Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group, University of Antwerp.

2014 - Visiting Scholar, School of Media Studies, New School for Public Engagement (New York).

2011-2015 - Head of BA Communication and Media, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

2010-2016 - Lecturer, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.

2008-2009 - Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), School of Communication Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

RESEARCH SERVICE, FUNDING AND LEADERSHIP

Editorial Boards:

Communication Theory (Oxford University Press), International Journal of Cultural Studies (SAGE), Social Semiotics (Routledge), Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (Routledge), Visual Communication (SAGE), Visual Communication Quarterly (Routledge), Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (Il Mulino).

Research funding:

- PI, FP7 EU Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (€100,000) for the project "Globalization, Visual Communication, Difference". 2011-2015.

- Co-I (with equal input), AHRC Standard Grant (£731,819) for “Generic Visuals in the News: The Role of Stock Photos and Simple Data Visualizations in Assembling Publics”. With Chris Anderson (University of Leeds) and Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield), and with The Financial Times, the BBC, and Reach Media as external partners. 2020-2023.

Leadership roles:

- Vice Chair and Chair of the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). 2013-2017.

- Board Member, International Communication Association (ICA). 2015-2017.

- Advisory Group Member, ECREA Section “Media, Cities and Space”. 2016-present.

- Founder and co-convener of the "Visual and Digital Cultures Research Group", University of Leeds. 2011-2016.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND MEDIA APPEARANCES

- Membro del Consiglio di Amministrazione (su invito), Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto. Dal 2020.

- “Symbolbilder: Vielfalt geht anders”. Deutschlandfunk [https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/symbolbilder-vielfalt-geht-anders.2907.de.html?dram:article_id=450026] (Radio nazionale tedesca), Maggio 2019.

- “Das ganze Spektrum”. Süddeutsche Zeitung [https://www.sueddeutsche.de/medien/stockfotos-das-ganze-spektrum-1.4424750], Aprile 2019.

- “What being transgender looks like, according to stock photography”. The New York Times [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/upshot/what-being-transgender-looks-like-according-to-stock-photography.html], Ottobre 2018.

- “These stock photos show masculinity is more than biceps and beer”. The Huffington Post [https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/these-new-stock-photos-try-to-redefine-masculinity-with-male-nurses-makeup-and-hugs_us_5abbfb26e4b06409775cc5d2], Aprile 2018.

- “The new dad: Fathers swap footballs for tiaras as stock photos evolve”. Mashable [http://mashable.com/2017/12/07/fathers-dads-stock-photos-dadvertising/?utm_cid=hp-n-1#x.F0tU3fsPqo], Dicembre 2017.

- “From sex object to gritty woman: The evolution of women in stock photos”. The New York Times [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/upshot/from-sex-object-to-gritty-woman-the-evolution-of-women-in-stock-photos.html?mcubz=1], Settembre 2017.

- Collaborazione su invito con il duo artistico Felix & Mumford (Amsterdam) e la galleria d'arte GALLLERIAPIÙ (Bologna) all'installazione CodeX – Mapping Manifattura delle Arti in Bologna e alla produzione di un "gentrification kit" d'artista, con il sostegno economico dell'Ambasciata dei Paesi Bassi in italia. Dal 2015 al 2017.

- Participazione nel progetto europeo “The Europe of minorities: putting to use the European Courts’ human rights case law on LGBT people and migrants”, coordinato da Arcigay (Italia), Centro Europeo Studi sulla Discriminazione (Italia), Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft – Institut für Menschenrechte (Austria) e Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (Regno Unito), all'interno del programma “Europe for Citizens (2007-2013)”. 2010.

- Membro (su invito), "UniverCity Connections Transit & Mobility Task Group and Experience Downtown Subcommittee" a Fort Collins, Colorado, insieme ad architetti, urbanisti, funzionari pubblici e attivisti. 2009.

TEACHING

Università di Bologna

78903 - Visual Communication (Corso di laurea magistrale in Semiotica).

72514 - Sociologia della Cultura (Corso di laurea triennale in Scienze della Comunicazione).

University of Leeds

COMM5160 Critical Studies in Visual Communication (MA).

COMM5310 Media, Culture and Globalization (MA).

COMM3180 International Communication (BA).

PhD Seminar: Researching the Visual

Colorado State University

SPCM 646 Media Theory (MA).

SPCM 347 Visual Rhetoric (BA).

SPCM 342 Critical Media Studies (BA).

University of Washington

CHID 270 Communication Matters: The Material History of Communication Practices (BA).

CHID 270 Photography: Theoretical Reflections and Ethnographic Applications (BA).

COM 495 Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Visual Communication (BA, MA, PHD).

COM 300 Basic Concepts of New Media (BA, Evening Degree Program).