Profile: Simone Natale

Lecturer In Communication

Simone Natale joined the department in 2015. His main areas of interest are media history, digital media, film and visual studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2011, and has researched and taught in numerous international institutions, including Columbia University in New York, USA, Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Cologne in Germany, and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He was awarded research fellowships by world-leading institutions such as the Humboldt Foundation and Columbia University’s Italian Academy. He is the author of a monograph, 'Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture' (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016), and of articles published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Media, Culture & Society, and Media History.
Simone has written on the relationship between media and the imagination, on digital media and culture, and on media archaeology. His research reminds us that media are not only machines, artifacts, and social systems, but also imaginary and cultural constructions that contribute to shape our understanding of broader cultural issues, and create new ways to narrate and make sense of the transformations experienced in our society and everyday life.
His book 'Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture' (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016) argues that the emergence of new forms of beliefs in spirits since the middle nineteenth century was closely related to the rise of the media entertainment media industry. Drawing from extensive archival research, the book provides an archaeology of how the supernatural entered into the core of contemporary media culture.

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The Myth of the Disappearing Book

After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry.
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Category: Arts

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Why We Like to Laugh at Things that Go Bump in the Night

While this might seem an unlikely choice in the fictional world of film, from the perspective of religious traditions and folklore it might make much sense.
The Conversation
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Category: Science

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