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Dr Massimiliano Mollona MSc PhD

Position held:
Senior Lecturer

Phone:
+44 (0)20 7078 5013

Email:
m.mollona (@gold.ac.uk)

Address:
Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW

Office hours:
Tuesday 10-12pm

I have a mixed disciplinary background in anthropology, film and economics. I graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, with major in Organizational Behavior and then I did a MSc and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. My interests lie in film and visual anthropology, the anthropology of work and organizations and political anthropology especially of class and social movements. My fieldworks are critical engagements with narratives of development, modernity and industrialisation in political economy and in people’s everyday livelihood.  In Sheffield I lived for one year in a dilapidated neighbourhood and worked in two local steel plants, looking at how the British working class coped with deindustrialization in the post-Thatcher/New Labour era. My most recent fieldwork in Brazil took place in the biggest steel plant in Latin America where I looked at the impact on the formal and informal working class and various social movements of Brazil becoming a world-leading economic power. I structure my fieldworks as performative research interventions, combining anthropology, filmmaking and critical pedagogy, and exploring the power relations and patterns of exchange entangled in the ethnographic encounter.

In Sheffield I wrote and directed Steel Lives (1999) a film about the work and lives of some steelworker, which I edited collectively and screened in various local and international political venues. My more recent film Steel Town (2013), in collaboration with artist Daria Martin and a Brazilian director from Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, interrogates the contemporary revival of Brazilian Tropical modernism in the context of the urban favela where I conducted fieldwork. The project invites some working-class families and favela residents of Volta Redonda to reflect critically on Brazil’s ‘modernity’ through a collaborative film project.

Dr. Mollona is one of the founders of Freethought.

Teaching

Dr Mao Mollona convenes the BA Anthropology and Media programme and contibutes to the MA in Visual Anthropology

He teaches the following courses:

Areas of supervision

Current PhD students supervised:

  • Claudia Giannetto, An investigation of film practice and shared anthropology in the process of building the ethnic identity among a Mexican Mayan community of Eastern Yucatan
  • Matteo Saltalippi
  • Anna Wilson, What are the economic effects of the global copper commodity chain on communities local to the Las Bambas mine in Peru

Research interests

I have a mixed disciplinary background in anthropology, film and economics. I graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, with major in Organizational Behavior and then I did a MSc and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. My interests lie in film and visual anthropology, the anthropology of work and organizations and political anthropology especially of class and social movements. I conducted fieldwork in Italy, Britain and Brazil mainly in ‘steel towns’, where I explored local patterns of work and politics associated with trajectories of industrialisation and de-industrialisation.

I am currently working on Brazilian economy and politics and doing research in Volta Redonda, a steel-town funded by Vargas in the 1940s, and in the Brazilian National Reconstruction Bank (BNDES) based in Rio de Janeiro.

I teach film on the MA in Visual Anthropology (MAVIS) and for the MA course Representing Reality, jointly taught with the Media and Communications Department.

As a visual anthropologist I am interested in the politics of realism, performative and avant-garde cinema and experimental ethnography.

My interest in the visual landscapes of industrialisation/de-industrialisation led me to write and direct a film, 'Steel Lives', on the lives of some Sheffield steelworkers. In Brazil, I have just completed the short film Arigo’ based on a collaboration with a UK-based visual artist, a theatre director the CTO (Centro de Teatro do Oprimido), Rio de Janeiro and the community of Volta Redonda.

I am one of the editors of the journal Critique of Anthropology and of Dialectical Anthropology.

Selected publications

Recent Publications

Forthcoming. ‘Seen the invisible: Maya Deren’s experiments in cinematic trance’. In October. MIT Press. 2014. Summer Issue.

Forthcoming. ‘Anthropology and class. A view from a Brazilian barrio’.In Carrier, J. and D. Kalb (eds.) Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality. CUP.

2013. ‘Trabalho e ação coletiva: memória, espaço e identidades sociais na cidade do aço’. In Horizontes Antropologicos. Vol.19 no.39 Jan./June. With Marco Aurelio Santana. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

2013. ‘Factory Labour or the end of Labour? Anthropological reflections on labour value’. In Workers and Labour in a Globalised Capitalism: Contemporary Themes and Theoretical Issues’. Atzeni, Maurizio. (ed.) Palgrave. (Contributors include Beverly Silver and Marcel Van der Linden).

2013. ‘Observation, performance and revolution: exploring “the political” in visual art and anthropology’. In Visual Anthropology. Vol. 26 (1).

Recent Films and Collaborations

2013. SteelTown  Film (45’) with filmmaker Daria Martin. Screened at The Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery (London) and Festival Controsguardi (Sao Paulo).

August 2013. Re-projecting London. The Showroom Gallery, London. Performance in collaboration with Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum.

September 2013. The Morning Star Re-branded. The Showroom Gallery, London. Collaboration with artists Dexter Sinister and Chris Evans.

December 2013. The Unlearning. The Roulette. New York. Film project in collaboration with filmmaker Daria Martin and sound artist Theresa Wong. 



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