Francesco Casetti named the Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies
Francesco Casetti, newly named as the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, focuses his research on the semiotics of film and television, film and media theories, and the cultural impact of media.
In his books “Inside the Gaze” and “Tra me e te,” Casetti studied the concept of the implied spectator in film and in television, respectively. In “L’ospite fisso,” he combined close analyses of media texts and ethnographic researches of actual audiences. He defined the notion of “communicative negotiations” in “Communicative Negotiation in Cinema and Television” and examined film theories in “Theories of Cinema.” In “Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity,” he explored the role of cinema in the context of modernity. His latest book, “The Lumiére Galaxy: Seven Key Word for the Cinema to Come,” is a study of the reconfiguration of cinema in a post-medium era, comparing this shift with the rise of cinema at the beginning of the 20th century.
Casetti received an M.A. from the Catholic University of Milan, where he also earned an advanced degree in film and communication studies. He held faculty positions at the University of Genova, the Catholic University of Milan, and the University of Trieste. At the Catholic University of Milan, he also chaired the Department of Communication and Performing Arts. Casetti has taught at the Université de Paris III-la Sorbonne Nouvelle, the University of Iowa, and Harvard University. In 2000, the University of California-Berkeley awarded him the chair of Italian Studies for a distinguished scholar. He joined the Yale faculty as a professor in the Humanities Program and the Film Studies Program.
Casetti is a member of the Editorial Board of Cinemas (Montreal), Comunicazioni Sociali (Milan), Cinema and Cie (Udine-Paris III), and Necsus (Amsterdam). He serves on the scientific boards of “Istituto Gemelli-Musatti” (Milan) and “Fondazione Mattei” (Milan), and is a member of the Historical Accademia di Scienze Morali e Politiche (Naples).
The Yale professor is the co-founder (with Jane Gaines) of the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories, an international network of film scholars aimed at a systematic exploration of the field of film and media theories