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Dr Marco Benoit Carbone

Dr Marco Benoit Carbone
Lecturer in Games Design


Marco joined Brunel in December 2018 and is a Lecturer in Media, Culture & Society.

He convenes and contributes to various modules in Research Methods, Media Histories, and Critical Theory. He has taught on cultural and media studies and social sciences at various universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including University College London, the University of the Arts, London (LCC and CSM), and LSBU. 

Marco's main research interests are in regionalism and globalisation, identity and ethnicity, public histories and popular culture. He specialises in Critical Theory, Reception Studies, and Ethnography. Most of his interdisciplinary research revolves around the representational and social dynamics of construction of identity. 

Prior to joining Brunel, his funded PhD ethnography in Intercultural Studies at UCL explored the contemporary reception of Greek antiquity in postcolonial perspective in the media and in everyday life in South Italy. He was also involved in a Higher Education research project on attainment gaps among underprivileged students in the UK, from an intersectional perspective looking at class and ethnicity.He has researched and published in areas that include heritage and historical reception; youth cultures; pornography and visual cultures; national representations in media industries; gender in the creative industries; systemic inequality in the UK Higher Education; representations of monstrosity and speciesism.

Over the past decade, Marco has also contributed widely to the field of digital games studies as a Founding Editor of GAME Journal, and he is active in the British and Italian chapters of DiGRA. His latest work includes an edited collection on the national video games industry in Italy, part of a broader project on Global Gaming

Marco is currently working on a monograph and a number of publications on the political and ideological reception of antiquity in popular histories and in the media representations of refugees. He is in the Editorial Board of JICMS – Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and an advisor and peer-reviewer for various research communities.


  • PhD Intercultural Studies (University College London)
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy
  • MA Publishing (University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum / SSSUB)
  • BA & MA Communication & Media Sciences – (University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum)

Newest selected publications

Carbone, MB. (2022) 'Geographies of Myth and Places of Identity: The Strait of Scylla and Charybdis in the Modern Imagination'. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 10: 1350118184 ISSN 13: 978-1350118188


Carbone, MB., Spanu, M. and Pagnutti, T. (Accepted) 'Indistinti corpi e nuovi spazi dell’umano / Indistinct Bodies and New Human Spaces: l’avatar: eterodirezione e autodeterminazione / the avatar: heterodirection and self-determination', in Quazzolo, P. (ed.) Rappresentazioni e tecniche della visione. Venice : Marsilio. pp. 127 - 240.

Book chapter

Carbone, MB. (2020) 'It's-a-me, Mario! Fenomenologia di un idraulico italico', in Carbone, MB. and Fassone, R. (eds.) Il videogioco in Italia. Storie, rappresentazioni, contesti. Milan-Udine : Mimesis. pp. 185 - 202. ISBN 10: 8857552225. ISBN 13: 978-8857552224. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Carbone, MB. (2019) 'Character construction and transnational branding: Super Mario’s 'Italianness''.DIGRA 2019: THE 12TH DIGITAL GAMES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE. Kyoto, Japan. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Carbone, MB. (2019) 'Attainment gaps and the higher education vocational and academic divide: The role of cultural studies in relation to ethnic minority and class intersectional factors', in Hatton, K. (ed.) Inclusion and Intersectionality in Visual Arts Education. London : UCL IoE Press. pp. 184 - 204. ISBN 10: 1858568390. ISBN 13: 9781858568393.

Book chapter
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