Wasson, Haidee


Haidee Wasson’s research interests include modernity/modernism, film exhibition and reception, cultural institutions, emergent media, film and media theory, feminism, and film and media historiography. Her published work concentrates on cinema, but explores the broader relations among media forms and practices (cinema and newspapers, books, radio, film, television, internet). Published research includes work on film and museums; film criticism and newspapers; 16mm projectors and film exhibition; the genealogy of cinema as home entertainment; the impact of various screen technologies on debates about historical knowledge, experience, and aesthetics; and the history of the museum gift shop. She lectures internationally on these and other subjects. She has also won numerous awards and research grants including Doctoral, Post-Doctoral and Faculty grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fulbright Foundation, and the McKnight Landgrant Foundation. She previously taught in the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Department, University of Minnesota and in the Visual and Environmental Studies Program, Harvard University.
Her award-winning book Museum Movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the Birth of Art Cinema (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) examines the importance of the modern art museum for ideas and practices of cinema. She has also co-edited (with Dr. Lee Grieveson) a collection of essays on the history of the field of moving image studies,Inventing Film Studies: Towards a History of a Discipline (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008). Her current major research project investigates the history of portable film technologies (projectors and screens).
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