The journal Studi Culturali was founded in 2004, with the aim of satisfying a growing demand for research on cultures and on the complex forms of their production, circulation, organization, and appropriation in the contemporary world. The journal title does not reflect any rigid disciplinary affiliation, but rather suggests the constitution of an ever shifting space for intellectual exchanges among different disciplinary traditions: a laboratory of collective reflection on culture in its different expressions, attentive to its spatial and temporal contexts, and able to question its very foundations. Studi Culturali is committed to both empirical and theoretical enquiries, with a particular emphasis on experimenting with new methodologies and reworking the legacy of classic social sciences. The subject areas the journal focuses on are multiple, from the arts, media, consumption, advertisement, lifestyle, sport, subcultures, rituals, science and religion as well as issues of gender, ethnic differences, social control, citizenship, multiculturalism and postcolonialism. Its specificity lies in adopting a perspective which brings out their cultural and political relevance. The journal features original articles from contemporary scholars and "classic" texts prefaced to bring out their everlasting relevance, debates and interviews, shorter comments on methodological issues and the analysis of a variety of empirical sources from visual archives to websites. It also features a rich section of book reviews aimed at offering Italian readers a selection of the most important works published on cultural issues in Italy and elsewhere.
Editors Roberta Sassatelli e Cristina Demaria Editorial board Giuliana Benvenuti, Paolo Capuzzo, Fabio Dei, Giulio Iacoli, Paolo Magaudda, Sandro Mezzadra, Marco Santoro, Davide Sparti, Tiziana Terranova International scientific board Michel Agier, Timothy Dowd, David Forgacs, Rada Ivekovic, Marco Jacquemet, Florian Mussgnug, Brett Nielson, Silvia Rief, Ranabir Samaddar, Gisèle Sapiro, Magali Sarfatti Larson, Philip Smith, Jon Solomon, Jonathan Sterne, Maristella Svampa Editorial staff Elisa Arfini, Jasper Chalcraft, Caterina di Pasquale, Gaia Giuliani, Daniele Salerno, Marco Solaroli, Mauro Turrini.
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The journal is rated "A", by the Italian academic research evaluation agency (Anvur), for the following scientific areas: 14 c1 (Sociologia generale, giuridica e politica), 14 c2 (Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi), 14 d1 (Sociologia dei processi economici, del lavoro, dell'ambiente e del territorio), 10 b1 (Storia dell'arte), 10 d4 (Filologia classica e tardoantica), 10 f1 (Letteratura italiana), 10 f2 (Letteratura italiana contemporanea), 10 h1 (Lingua, letteratura e cultura francese), 10 i1 (Lingue, letterature e culture spagnola e ispano-americane), 10 l1 (Lingue letterature e culture inglese e anglo-americana).