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Gabriele Cosentino




Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Data:

Email: gabriele.cosentino@lau.edu.lb
Office: Beirut Campus
Twitter: @el_gloco

  • Gabriele Cosentino is a researcher in political communication. After the Laurea degree in Communication Science at the University of Bologna, he studied at New York University, where he obtained a PhD in Media Studies. His work focuses on the relation between politics and entertainment and on cultural globalisation. He has taught at NYU in Florence, John Cabot University in Rome, at Vesalius College in Brussels and at the Bologna ECCO Consortium, and organised and participated to various international symposia and conferences. His work has been published in academic edited collections and peer reviewed publications. He has also served as events curator, communication consultant for institutional and corporate clients and contributor to magazines.

  • Research publications

    • L’era della post-verità. Media e populismi dalla Brexit a Trump (2017)  Imprimatur: Reggio Emilia.
    • Representing local identities through global television formats in China and India: a comparative analysis of Super Girl and Indian Idol 3 (2016) Communications, Media, Design Journal, 3: 1.
    • L’Isola dei Famosi: Minority Politics in Italy via Reality Television (2015) Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 3: 1+2, 117-135.
    • The Comical Inquisition. Striscia La Notizia and the Politics of Fake News on Italian Television (2012) Popular Communication, 10: 52–65; reprinted in (2012) Baym, Geoffrey and Jones, Jeffrey (eds.) News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe. Routledge: London.
    • Silvio Berlusconi. The One Man Brand (2010) with Doyle, Waddick in Aronczyk, Melissa and Powers, Devon (eds.) Blowing up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. Peter Lang: New York.
    • Tearing up Television News across Borders: Format Transfer of News Parody Shows between Italy and Bulgaria (2009) with Doyle, Waddick and Todorova, Dimitrina in Moran, Albert (ed.) TV Formats Worldwide: Localizing Global Programs. Intellect: UK.
    • Hacking the iPod: A Look Inside Apple’s Portable Music Player (2006) in Michael D. Ayers  (ed.) Cybersounds: Essays on Virtual Music Culture. Peter Lang: New York; reprinted in (2011) Giddins, Seth and Lister, Martin (eds.) The New Media and Technocultures Reader. Routledge: London.
  • Conference presentations

    • Media, Populism, and Fake News Media Digital Literacy Academy Beirut 2017 Lebanese American University, Beirut, August 2017
    • The Political Dimensions of reality TV in China and India: a Comparative Analysis Presented at the ‘Comparing Media Systems in BRICS Countries’ Conference, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, April 2016.
    • Hybridity in Cultural Globalization. Guest lecture at Université Saint-Louis, Brussels, February 2016.
    • New Media and Political Communication Guest Lecture at Vesalius College, Brussels, October 2015.
    • Steven Colbert’s Super Pac Presented at the Summer Institute for International Communications, John Cabot University, Rome, July 2012.
    • Transformations of Political Communication in Italy Presented at the Summer Institute for International Communications, John Cabot University, Rome, July 2011.
    • The Comical Inquisition. Parody Meets Journalism on the Italian Fake News Program Striscia la Notizia Presented at ICA Chicago, May 2009.
    • From the Historical Compromise to Uncompromising Politics Presented at ASMI conference ‘The Media In Italy’ in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2008.
    • The Paparazzi Democracy: The Glamorous Normalization of Deviance on Italian Media Presented at the NYU Graduate Conference, November 2008.
    • Public Service Broadcasting and Digital Terrestrial Television in Italy Presented at Ripe@2006, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2006.

    Organization of Panels and Symposia

    • The Art of the Prank: a Talk by Media Activist and Prankster Joey Skaggs. Talk organizer, John Cabot University, Rome, October 2011.
    • Fake News: an International Perspective on the Inter meshing of Information and Entertainment Panel Organizer, ICA Chicago, May 2009.
    • The War of the Worlds Organizer and Curator of International Symposium on Politics, Arts and Entertainment, New York University, March 2005.
    • Digital is Not Analog. Organizer of International Festival on New Media, Arts and Activism, Comune di Bologna, May 2001.
  • COM 203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

    JSC 488 Topics in Media Studies

  • Awards/Honors:

    • 2009 Council for Media and Culture Dissertation Grant, New York University.
    • 2009 Leaska Scholarship for Graduate Students, New York University.
    • 2008 Doctoral Student Travel Fund Award, New York University.    
    • 2007 Global Fellowship Grant, New York University.    
    • 2004 Fulbright Professional Enrichment Grant, IEE, New York.    
    • 2003 Fulbright Scholarship for Graduate Programs in the USA, Fulbright Commission Italy.