Francesco Casetti is Professor of Film and Media at Yale University, where he has been teaching in the Film Studies Program and Humanities Program since 2010.
In 1970, he received a BA from Catholic University of Milan, where in 1974 he also received a "Specializzazione" (a top degree) in Film and Communication Studies. He taught as Assistant Professor at the University of Genova (1974-1980), as Associate Professor at Catholic University of Milan (1984-1994), as Full Professor at the University of Trieste (1994-1998) and then at Catholic University of Milan, where he served as Chair of the Department in Communication and Performing Arts. He also served as President of Italian Society for film and media studies for two terms (1998-2002; 2006-2010). He was invited as "Professeur associé" at Université de Paris III - la Sorbonne Nouvelle (1977), and as visiting professor at the University of Iowa (1988, 1991 and 1998). In 2000 he was the recipient of the Chair of Italian Culture for a distinguished scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. He was William P. Evans Fellow at the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2012, and Fellow at the IKKM, Bauhaus University at Weimar in 2013.
He is member of the Advisory Boards of Comunicazioni Sociali (Milano), Necsus (Amsterdam), and Fata Morgana (University of Calabria), and of the Steering Committee of Cinema and Cie (Paris III - Udine). He sits on the board of "Istituto Gemelli-Musatti" (Milano) and of "Fondazione Mattei" (Milano). Member of the Historical Accademia degli Agiati (Rovereto, Italy), correspondent member of the Historical Accademia delle Scienze (Bologna), and foreigner member of the Historical Accademia di Scienze Morali e Politiche (Naples). He is General Editor of the series "Spettacolo e comunicazione" for the publishing house Bompiani (Milano). With Jane Gaines (Columbia University) is the co-founder 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.
He is the author of six books, translated (among other languages) in French, Spanish, and Czech, co-author of two books, editor of more than ten books and special issues of journals, and author of more than sixty essays. He has written expansively on the semiotics of film and television, in particular about genres, intertextuality, and enunciation. After an extensive study on the implied spectator in film (Inside the Gaze, Indiana, 1999, or. 1986) and in television (Tra me e te, 1988), in L’ospite fisso (1995) he combined close analyses of media texts with ethnographic researches of actual audiences, introducing the notion of "communicative negotiations" (then developed inCommunicative Negotiation in Cinema and Television, 2002). He has also written extensively on film theories (Theories of Cinema. 1945-1995, Texas, 1999, or. 1993). More recently he has explored the role of cinema in the context of modernity (Eye of the Century. Film, Experience, Modernity, Columbia, 2008, or. 2005). He is currently studying the reconfiguration of cinema in a post-medium epoch, comparing this shift with the rise of cinema at the beginning of 20 Century; The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key words for the Cinema to Come will be published by Columbia in February 2014.
Image: Francesco Casetti, Eye of the Century. Film, Experience, Modernity, 2008.