Dr Maria Elena Alampi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter in Italian Studies and Film. She obtained her PhD at the University of Birmingham with a thesis titled The New Italian Cinema of Precarity which investigates the Italian labour system’s representations, particularly the phenomenon of precarity in contemporary Italian cinema with a special focus on gender. She has recently published the article Italian Teen Stars During the Pandemic: a Case Study of SKAM Italia’s Actors in Cinergie–Il cinema e le altre arti. N.21, 2022 and co-edited a special issue on the journal Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication vol. 13, n. 1, 1 June 2022, titled Precarity and The Moving Image. In 2020 she created together with Francesco Sticchi (Oxford Brookes University), an academic network Cinematic Precarity Research Network. In 2021, she was Research Assistant for B-Film- International Research Centre of Film Scholars at the University of Birmingham and she organised with Anna Lisa Somma (University of Birmingham) Let’s Queer It(aly), a cycle of online meetings about queer culture in Italy which won the SIS EDI Awards 2021 held by The Society of Italian Studies.