Dr Monia Acciari has been fascinated with cinema ever since she was a child. She remembers being enchanted and mesmerised by the catchy jingles and breathtaking love stories of Hollywood films, food for fantasy and imagination.
Dr Acciari grew up in Italy, where she studied cinema at the Università degli Studi di Bologna, and wrote a thesis on Federico Fellini and his radio dramas before he became a world-renowned film director. The thesis analyzed the unpublished radioplays written by Fellini during the Second World War. Experiencing the global attention on Fellini’s cinematography, and appreciating the moods, the colorfulness, the eclecticism and flavors of global cinemas, and being overwhelmed by Indian culture in her personal life, she enthusiastically moved into another exciting and vibrant world industry: Bollywood cinema. Her personal life profoundly inspired Dr Acciari's doctoral research, which she conducted at the University of Manchester with a thesis entitled “Indo-Italian screens and the Aesthetic of Emotions”. This PhD, which was funded by the AHRC, successfully explored the aesthetic implication of Bollywood within the social and cultural milieu of Italy.
Her principal research interests lie in the areas of Film and Cultural studies. Dr Acciari is particularly interested in qualitative research methods, the use of sociological and ethnographic methodologies as applied to popular culture and historical and archival research. The areas of her research are the following: popular Hindi cinema; co-productions; film festivals; cinema and emotions; media and ethnicity; film history; and cultural theory.