I just presented a paper that further develops one of the several analytical threads in my book at the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) conference: Youth and suicide in American cinema: strains in social relationships. I’m thinking of applying role theory to take my reasoning to its ultimate conclusions. The conference was held in Baltimore, MD, February 23-26, 2023.
A Fulbright grantee and an award-winning artist, Alessandra Seggi (PhD in Sociology and MA in Media Studies) is Visiting Professor at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA. She has written about the portrayal of suicide in film (Youth and suicide in American cinema: context, causes and consequences (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)), and about how to study film from a sociological perspective. Sociology of Film and Sociology of Violence are among her most innovative courses. Tentatively titled It’s a zoo: society illustrated. With rhymes and reasons, her latest innovative project combines traditional write-ups with rhymes and illustrations to explain the contradictions and mechanisms, at times in plain sight, at times hidden, integral to our social world.