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Gianluca Fantoni

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


Dr Fantoni teaches both Italian language modules and modules on Italian culture (thematic). Currently he is teaching the first-year accelerated (ab initio) course module and second year post-A-level module. From January 2015 he will also teach final-year students. Dr Fantoni is also responsible for the year abroad and dissertation modules.

Career overview

Before coming to Nottingham Trent, Dr Fantoni taught at Strathclyde University, Glasgow (2009 - 2013); at the Centro Promozione Italiana, Edinburgh (2012/13) and at secondary school level in Italy (2006 - 2009).

Research areas

Dr Fantoni gained a PhD in 2013 in Twentieth Century Italian History / Cultural Studies / Film Studies. His doctoral thesis is entitled Red Screens: The Cinematographic Production of the Italian Communist Party (1946 – 1979). His doctoral research concerned the production of propaganda films and documentaries by the Italian Communist Party (PCI) between 1946 and 1979. The research focused simultaneously on the historical and political context, the specific production context, the film texts and their critical and popular reception. Dr Fantoni has an MPhil (by research) on the political and social entrenchment of the Italian Communist Party in the upper Valdarno, a small area in central Tuscany, between the 1940s and the 1970s. His Tesi di laurea (vecchio ordinamento) at the University of Florence focused on the CGIL (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro) the communist-socialist trade union.

Dr Fantoni's current research areas are: History of the Italian left, Italian post-war cinema, the use of cinematic texts in historical research and multilingualism.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Dr Fantoni is the Communication Officer of the Association for the Study on Modern Italy (ASMI) and recently co-organized the ASMI2014 annual conference "The Italian Crisis, Twenty years on"(London, Italian Cultural Institute, 21 – 22 November 2014).

Sponsors and collaborators

University of Strathclyde, Bridging the Gaps (BTG) scheme. Financed Project: Navigating the multilingual city: a case study of Glasgow past, present and future. The project advocates and fosters 'multilingualism' as a fundamental part of the 'Future Cities' the University of Strathclyde aspires to help design and implement. By bringing together academics at Strathclyde, public institutions, the private sector and ordinary citizens, the project aims to create synergies conducive to the goal of a general advancement in social cohesion and community engagement in Glasgow (and potentially in other cities), mainly by making use of the opportunities offered by multilingualism. To achieve this goal, the project uses a range of tools: a documentary film, a report, a workshop and conference papers.


‘We all miss you’: Enrico Berlinguer in post-Berlin Wall Italy, Cooke, P and Fantoni, G, Twentieth Century Communism, Issue: 11: Memory and Nostalgia, Autumn 2016, 130-146

Brotherhood of arms: atlanticism, patriotism and sublimation of war in 1950s Italian war movies. Fantoni G in (eds) L Salsini and T Cragin, Representing the War: World War II in Italian Literature and Film (tentative title), (Forthcoming 2015)

A very long engagement: the use of cinematic texts in historical research. Fantoni G in (eds) J Carlsten and F McGarry, Film and History, 2015, pp18-31

After the fall: politics, the public use of history and the historiography of the Italian Communist Party (1991 – 2011). Fantoni G, Journal of Contemporary History, 2014, 49 (4)

La Mineraria lavori o lasci lavorare: myth and memory of a struggle in Tuscany. Fantoni G, Modern Italy, 2011, 2 (16), 195 – 208

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