Mapping Cinema Memories: Emotional Geographies of Cinema-going in Rome in the 1950s

Pierluigi Ercole, Daniela Treveri Gennari, Catherine G O'Rawe

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This article, based on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council -funded project (2013-16), ‘In Search of Italian Cinema Audiences in the 1940s and 1950s: Gender, Genre and National Identity’, explores the power of geo-visualization for capturing the affective geographies of cinema audiences. This mapping technique, used in our project to interrogate the Italian exhibition sector as well as to map film distribution, is explained to illustrate the affective and emotional dimensions of cartographic practices related to memory. The article firstly examines the imbrication of memory and space, before moving on to a discussion of our mapping of the memories of one single respondent and the questions this mapping raises about geographical and remembered space, mobility, and the relation between mapping and life-cycles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalMemory Studies
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • geovisualization
  • life-cycle
  • space
  • mobility
  • emotional mapping
  • cinema audience


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