Carmine Grimaldi

Position title: A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020)


Office: 304 University Club

Carmine Grimaldi


I’m interested in the creation, distribution, and social world of images. My book manuscript, Structuring Vision: A History of Videotape, investigates the hitherto untold history of early videotape, uncovering the ways the electronic moving image crept into, and profoundly reshaped, institutions and daily experience in postwar America. The new medium made the television screen a responsive participant in everyday life, able to replay events at the time and place they occurred. My research traces the migration of videotape as it accreted new meanings, uses and expectations, from its industrial origins in Palo Alto, to its dissemination around the country in psychiatry, education, and law, used as an instrument of knowledge and social control. I am also currently writing about conspiracy theories and media in 20th century America, and making a film about a ghost trial in Arizona.


Ph.D., University of Chicago in 2018

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