Jr. Prof. Dr. Sonia Campanini
Goethe University Frankfurt
Sonia Campanini is Assistant Professor of Film Culture at Goethe University Frankfurt, where she directs the masters program “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation”. Her research interests focusses on film archiving and film curatorship, with a special focus on the material, technological, aesthetic, and memorial dimensions of audio-visual heritage in a transnational perspective. Her book Film Sound in Preservation and Presentation is upcoming. She participates in the DAAD-funded project to establish a film archival studies training program at the University of Jos in collaboration with the Nigerian Film Corporation.
Sonia Campanini primarily contributes to the work in Working Area A: Forms, Formats and Contents, in Working Area B: Legal and Institutional Frameworks, in Working Area C: Archives and Cultural Heritage, in Project 1.2 on Archival Access and Artistic Creation: Nigerian Film Heritage in the Novelty Spiral and in Project 2.1. on Digital Transformation and Formal Innovation in the Nigerian Music Industry.
My CEDITRAA story
“I am interested in understanding moments of collision between the old and the new in the circulation of film culture, moments in which preservation meets innovation, archiving meets production, memory construction meets distribution networks. In my project Remaking Nollywood I look at recent Nollywood remakes and sequels to study how New Nollywood is reviving Old Nollywood, using it as a repertoire of stories and characters, yet at the same time activating processes of memory construction and canonization.
Participating at CEDITRAA allows me to understand how film as a cultural and economic product is studied by disciplines other than film and media studies and brings me to consider new approaches and methodologies for conducting my research.”