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Life on Screens

Friday, June 12, 2020

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.


June 12th, 2020 7:30-9:00AM (EST)
June 12th, 2020 7:30-9:00PM (Beijing Time)

Participating Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

The current pandemic makes clear that part of our life is now moving in front of and onto the screen. Thanks to screens, we are able to interact with others, retrieve the data we need, and create the social and natural environment we have lost. When we relocate our activities onto the screen, we also transform our habits and expectations. Life on the screen implies changes that affect our behavior and our state of mind. These changes, which have dramatically come to our attention during this crisis, started in the second half of the 19th century, with the early emergence of the screen as an optical device. This presentation, while discussing our present situation, will also look back at the past to consider the long history of the relocation of our life on screens.

The Speaker


Francesco Casetti
Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies, Yale University

Francesco Casetti is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale. He has previously taught in Italy where he served as President of the Scholarly Society of Film and Media Studies. He has also previously been a visiting professor at Paris 3 La Sorbonne Nouvelle, the University of Iowa, and Harvard; held fellowships at Otago University, Bauhaus University-Weimar, and Freie Universtität Berlin; and was awarded with the "Chair of Italian Culture" for a distinguished scholar at Berkeley.

Among his books are Inside the Gaze; Theories of Cinema, 1945-1995; Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity; and The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come, which is a study on the reconfiguration of cinema in a post-medium epoch. His current research focuses on early film theories, with a particular regard for the cinephobic stances in the first half of the 20th Century, and on a genealogy of screen that underlines its environmental aspects and its propensity to become a component of our current “mediascapes.”

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

This event is hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

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