Marina Hassapopoulou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has previously served as Associate Co-Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Some of her areas of expertise include: digital humanities, transnational and border cinema, posthumanism, science fiction, reception and fan studies, film and media theory/philosophy, and hybrid pedagogy. Her forthcoming book, Interactive Cinema: The Ambiguous Ethics of Media Participation (University of Minnesota Press - Electronic Mediations series, 2024), engages with a multitude of unconventional approaches throughout the history of motion pictures to offer insight into a range of largely ephemeral and site-specific projects that consciously assimilate viewers into their production. Through an exploration of radically inventive approaches to the medium, many of which emerged out of socio-political crises and periods of historical transition, Interactive Cinema works to expand notions of interactivity by considering it in both technological and phenomenological terms.
Hassapopoulou’s work in film studies and the digital humanities has been awarded honors such as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Innovative Pedagogy Award (2021) and the University of Cambridge’s International Research and Collaboration Award for Histories of AI: A Genealogy of Power (2020-1). Working on a range of media besides print, her projects include cultural videos for folklore archives, multimedia scholarship, as well as online open-access collaborative resources including: the student-oriented Interactive Media Archive < https://interactivemediaarchive.wordpress.com >, an online directory focused on cross-pollinations between Cinema, Media Studies and Digital Humanities < https://transformationsconference.net >, the first English speaking archive on contemporary Greek cinema < https://weirdwavearchive.wordpress.com >, and a site dedicated to creative cinematic experiments with AI and computational tools <ExpressiveAI.net>.
B.A., University of Bristol
M.A., University of Oregon
Ph.D., University of Florida