Profiel

JUDITH THISSEN (1962) is associate professor of media history in the Department of Media and Culture. Her research interests reach across fields into cinema history, social history, urban studies and Jewish studies.  She teaches in the Bachelor Media and Culture and the Master program Film and Television Studies.

Thissen is a specialist of American leisure culture in the early twentieth century. Her research in this field deals in particular with the social and cultural dynamics of Jewish immigrant entertainment in New York City. Her current project investigates the marketing and reception of The Jazz Singer (Warner Bros., 1927) in the context of changing media practices among second generation Jews during the Roaring Twenties. 

Over the last few years, the main focus of her work has shifted from the big city to the countryside and from American to European cinema history. Thissen recently co-edited with Clemens Zimmermann (Universität des Saarlandes) Cinema Beyond the City, the first anthology on small-town and rural film culture in Europe. It was published by the British Film Institute in 2016. Her own research in this field focusses on film culture in the Dutch countryside as well as on postcard representations of small-town and rural movie theaters.

Thissen has a strong interest in comparative history, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the use of Digital Humanities techniques for understanding film and theatre history. She is an active member of the Digital Cinema Studies network (DICIS), the Digital Yiddish Theater project and HoMER, an international  research network of scholars whose work deals with the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception. 

 

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Curriculum vitae



 

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Sleutelpublicaties

Thissen, J. & Zimmermann, Clemens (2016). Cinema Beyond the City - Small-Town and Rural Film Culture in Europe. (304 p.). BFI Publishing.

Thissen, J. (2016). Introduction: A New Approach to European Cinema History. In Judith Thissen & Clemens Zimmermann (Eds.), Cinema Beyond the City - Small-Town & Rural Film Culture in Europe (pp. 1-20). London: BFI Publishing.

Thissen, J. (2013). Understanding Dutch Film Culture: A Comparative Approach. Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, 6 (15 p.).

Thissen, J. & van der Velden, A. (2009). Klasse als factor in de Nederlandse filmgeschiedenis. Een eerste verkenning. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 12 (1), (pp. 50-72) (23 p.).

Thissen, J. (2007). Next year at the Moving Pictures: Cinema and social change in the Jewish immigrant community. In R. Maltby, M. Stokes & R.C. Allen (Eds.), Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (pp. 113-129) (17 p.). Exeter: University of Exeter Press.

Thissen, J. (2003). Reconsidering the decline of New York's Yiddish theater in the early 1900s. Theatre Survey, 44 (2), (pp. 173-197) (25 p.).

Alle publicaties
  2018 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2018). Bioscoopketens en marktdynamiek in historisch perspectief. 100 jaar branchevereniging van bioscopen in Nederland - Van Nederlandse Bioscoopboond naar Nederlandse Vereniging van Bioscopen en Filmtheaters Amsterdam: NVBF.
  2018 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. & van der Velden, A.W.T. (2018). Op zoek naar de tweede helix. Over het milieubegrip en de ontrafeling van het DNA van de Nederlandse filmcultuur. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 21 (1), (pp. 19) (38 p.).
  2018 - Websites / portals
Thissen, J. (12-03-2018). Curtain Falls on the Sunshine Theatre.
  2018 - Conference
Thissen, J. (28-06-2018) Participant NECS conference 2018 Amsterdam (27-06-2018 - 29-06-2018) "A Craving for Chocolate, Cigarettes, and Cinema Stars: Food and Tobacco Companies’ Targeting of Film Fans"
  2017 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2017). Multifunctional Halls and the Place of Cinema in the European Countryside, 1920-1970. Cinémas, 27 (2-3), (pp. 91-111).
  2017 - Websites / portals
  2017 - Conference
Thissen, J. (01-07-2017) Participant NECS Annual Conference 2017, Paris Paris (29-06-2017 - 01-07-2017) “Have Your Theater Smell like a Garden of Flowers”: The Fight against Foul Air, Evil Odors and Garlic Eaters in the American Trade Press<br/>
Thissen, J. (12-09-2017) Participant Rural History Conference 2017 Leuven (11-09-2017 - 14-09-2017) Greetings from the Countryside: Picture Postcards and the Promotion of Rural Modernity in the Netherlands
  2017 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (23-06-2017) Invited speaker Circuits of Cinema, HOMER Conference 2017, Toronto Toronto (21-06-2017 - 24-09-2017) Circulating Imageries: Picture Postcards of Movie Theaters and the Representation of Rural Modernity in France
Thissen, J. (19-10-2017) Invited speaker Landmedien im 20. Jahrhundert Saarbrücken (19-10-2017 - 20-10-2017) Imagining Rural Modernity: Picture Postcards of Movie Theaters
  2016 - Boeken
Thissen, J. & Zimmermann, Clemens (2016). Cinema Beyond the City - Small-Town and Rural Film Culture in Europe. (304 p.). BFI Publishing.
  2016 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2016). Early Yiddish Vaudeville in New York City. In Edna Nashson (Eds.), New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway (pp. 248-254). Columbia University Press.
Thissen, J. (2016). Film Consumers in the Country - The Culture and Business of Cinemagoing in the Netherlands. In Judith Thissen & Clemens Zimmermann (Eds.), Cinema Beyond the City - Small-Town & Rural Film Culture in Europe (pp. 87-104). London: BFI Publishing.
Thissen, J. (2016). Introduction: A New Approach to European Cinema History. In Judith Thissen & Clemens Zimmermann (Eds.), Cinema Beyond the City - Small-Town & Rural Film Culture in Europe (pp. 1-20). London: BFI Publishing.
  2016 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2016). Cinéma des premiers temps et sociabilité ouvrière aux États-Unis - Le cas de la communauté immigrante juive de New York City. Théorème , 23, (pp. 53-65).
  2016 - Websites / portals
Thissen, J. (26-04-2016). Lekoved Pesach.
  2016 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (09-06-2016) Invited speaker Imagining and Communicating Space/Place: Critical Reflections and Interdisciplinary Perspectives Örebro (09-06-2016)
Thissen, J. (16-06-2016) Invited speaker 14th International Domitor Conference Stockholm (14-06-2016 - 17-06-2016) Perfuming Devices, Deodorizing Discourses: Movie Audiences, Middle-Class Respectability and Pure Air
  2015 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (12-05-2015) Invited speaker Ross Seminar Series in Yiddish Studies Los Angeles (12-05-2015) Kol Nidre on Broadway: New Perspectives on the success of THE JAZZ SINGER.
Thissen, J. (12-11-2015) Invited speaker Turning the Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies Gent (12-11-2015 - 14-11-2015)
Thissen, J. (24-06-2015) Keynote speaker What is Cinema History? HoMER Conference 2015 Glasgow (22-06-2015 - 24-06-2015) Wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!
  2014 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (19-06-2014) Invited speaker NECS Annual Conference Milaan (19-06-2014 - 21-06-2014) Cinema Culture Outside the Mainstream Commercial Circuits: Whose Public Sphere?
Thissen, J. (02-12-2014) Invited speaker (Dutch) Jewish History through the Prism of the Family Amsterdam (30-11-2014 - 02-12-2014) THE JAZZ SINGER and the Commodification of the Jewish Holidays.
  2013 - Boekredactie
Thissen, J., Zwijnenberg, R. & Zijlmans, K. (2013). Contemporary Culture: New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2013 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2013). Embedded in the Dutch Art World. In J. Thissen, R. Zwijnenberg & K. Zijlmans (Eds.), Contemporary Culture: New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research (pp. 187-205) (19 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Thissen, J. (2013). Introduction. In J Thissen, R. Zwijnenberg & K. Zijlmans (Eds.), Contemporary Culture: New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research (pp. 9-15) (7 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2013 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2013). Understanding Dutch Film Culture: A Comparative Approach. Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media, 6 (15 p.).
  2013 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (2013). Education or Entertainment?: Early Cinema as a Social Force in New York’s Immigrant Jewish Community. In L Vogl-Bienek & R Crangle (Eds.), Screen Culture and the Social Question 1880-1914 (pp. 151-160) (10 p.). New Barnet, Hertforshire: John Libbey.
Thissen, J. (2013). Les dynamiques historiques de l’exploitation des films en salle aux Pays-Bas. In L. Creton & K. Kitsopanidou (Eds.), Les salles de cinéma: Enjeux, défis et perspectives (pp. 37-51) (15 p.). Paris: Armand Colin.
Thissen, J. (2013). Representing the Industrial City: Rotterdam, 1880-1970. In C. Zimmermann (Eds.), Industrial Cities: History and Future (pp. 307-324) (18 p.). Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.
  2013 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (28-05-2013) Invited speaker Graduate Seminar Film Studies, Birkbeck University of London London (28-05-2013)
Thissen, J. (06-06-2013) Invited speaker NECS Annual conference, HOMER section Prague (06-01-2013) Doing Comparative Cinema History: Examples from the Netherlands
Thissen, J. (20-09-2013) Keynote speaker International Workshop in Comparative Cinema History 2013: The Lure of the City Saarbrücken (20-01-2013)
Thissen, J. (22-03-2013) Invited speaker Reframing Film History Symposium, University College Cork (Cork) (22-01-2013) Understanding Regional Patterns in Cinemagoing
  2012 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (2012). "Early Cinema and the Public Sphere of the Neighborhood Meeting Hall: The Longue Durée of Working-Class Sociability". In M. Braun et.al. (Eds.), Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema (pp. 297-306) (10 p.). John Libbey Publishing.
Thissen, J. (2012). Beyond the Nickelodeon: Cinemagoing, Everyday Life and Identity Politics. In I. Christie (Eds.), Audiences. Defining and Researching Screen Entertainment Reception (pp. 45-65) (21 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Thissen, J. (2012). Leisure and Liquor: The Business of Yiddish Vaudeville. In J. Berkowitz & B. Henry (Eds.), Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance and Show Business (pp. 184-201) (18 p.). Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
  2012 - Invited talk
Thissen, J. (23-09-2012) Invited speaker Conference Industrial Cities: History and Future, Universität des Saarlandes, 20-23 September 2012. Saarbrücken (23-01-2012)
Thissen, J. (09-07-2012) Invited speaker ESF workshop European Cinema's Transnational History: The Mapping of Exile and Migration Patterns Across Europe's Film Industries, 1933-1945, University of Southampton, Southampton (09-01-2012)
  2010 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2010). Filmgeschiedenis tussen cultuur en economie. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 10/2, (pp. 4-12) (9 p.).
Thissen, J. & Jong de, F. (2010). Joodse identiteit en ondernemerschap in het Nederlandse bioscoopbedrijf tot 1940. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 7/1, (pp. 63-87) (25 p.).
Thissen, J. & van Oort, T. (2010). Redactioneel. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 13 (2), (pp. 3-3) (1 p.).
Thissen, J. & van der Velden, A.W.T. (2010). Spectacles of Conspicuous Consumption: Picture Palaces, War Profiteers and the Social Dynamics of Moviegoing in the Netherlands, 1914-1922. Film History: An International Journal, 22, (pp. 452-461) (10 p.).
  2010 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (2010). Informatie of reputatie? Vijftig jaar Utrechts beleid ten aanzien van de pers- en publieksvoorlichting over wetenschappelijk onderzoek. In L.J. Dorsman & P.J. Knegtmans (Eds.), Het universitaire bedrijf: Over professionalisering van onderzoek, bestuur en beheer (pp. 87-107) (21 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
  2010 - Boekbesprekingen
Thissen, J. (2010). Bookreview Hidden Talent: The Emegence of Hollywood Agents. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 10/2, (pp. 182-183) (2 p.).
  2009 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. & van der Velden, A. (2009). Klasse als factor in de Nederlandse filmgeschiedenis. Een eerste verkenning. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 12 (1), (pp. 50-72) (23 p.).
Thissen, J., van Oort, T. & van der Velden, A. (2009). Over de eigenheid van de Nederlandse filmcultuur. Leidschrift, 24 (3), (pp. 111-130) (20 p.).
  2008 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2008). Film and Vaudeville on New York’s Lower East Side. In Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett & Jonathan Karp (Eds.), The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (pp. 42-56) (15 p.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  2008 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (2008). The Emergence of Cinema in Jewish New York: How the Movies Came To Rivington Street. In C. Müller & H. Segeberg (Eds.), Kinoöffentlichkeit/Cinema’s Public Sphere, 1895-1920 (pp. 196-209) (14 p.). Marburg: Schüren Verlag.
  2007 - Boeken
Thissen, J. & Abeyta, E. (2007). Something's brewing BIER: An art science project by Edith Abeyta and Judith Thissen. Utrecht/Los Angeles: eigen beheer.
  2007 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2007). National and Local Movie Moguls: Two Patterns of Jewish Showmanship in Film Exhibition. In P. Buhle (Eds.), Jews and American Popular Culture. Volume 1. Movies, Radio and Television. (pp. 13-23) (11 p.). Westport: Praeger Perspectives.
Thissen, J. & Abeyta, E. (2007). Something's brewing BIER: When hegemony just won't do. In K. Zijlmans, R. Zwijnenberg & K. Clevis (Eds.), CO-OPS Interterritoriale verkenningen in kunst en wetenschap: Work in Progress (pp. 232-273) (42 p.). Amsterdam: Uitgeverij De Buitenkant/NWO.
  2007 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (2007). Next year at the Moving Pictures: Cinema and social change in the Jewish immigrant community. In R. Maltby, M. Stokes & R.C. Allen (Eds.), Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (pp. 113-129) (17 p.). Exeter: University of Exeter Press.
  2003 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2003). "Charles Steiner and the Houston Hippodrome". In J. Hoberman & J. Shandler (Eds.), Entertaining America: Jewish, Movies, and Broadcasting (pp. 28-31) (4 p.). Princeton and New York: Princeton University Press/Jewish Museum New York.
  2003 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2003). Reconsidering the decline of New York's Yiddish theater in the early 1900s. Theatre Survey, 44 (2), (pp. 173-197) (25 p.).
  2002 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Thissen, J. (2002). Charlie Steiner's Houston Hippodrome: Moviegoing on New York's Lower East Side, 1909-1913. In G. Bachman & T. Slater (Eds.), American Silent Film: Discovering Marginalized Voices (pp. 29-47) (19 p.). Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
  2001 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (2001). Juedische Einwanderer aus Osteuropa un der fruehe Film in New York. Eine kulturelle Bruecke ueber den Atlantik. Kintop, 10, (pp. 61-72) (12 p.).
  2001 - Doctoral thesis 1 (Research UU / Graduation UU)
Thissen, J. (01-06-2001). Moyshe Goes to the Movies: Jewish Immigrants, Popular Entertainment, and Ethnic Identity in New York City (1880-1914). (225 p.).
  1999 - Artikelen in bundels / proceedings
Thissen, J. (1999). Jewish Immigrant Audiences in New York City (1905-1914). In M. Stokes & R. Maltby (Eds.), American Movie Audiences: From the Turn of the Century to the Early Sound Era (pp. 15-28) (14 p.). Lonon: BFI Publishing.
  1997 - Artikelen
Thissen, J. (1997). Oy, Myopia! A reaction from Judith Thissen on the Singer-Allen Controversy. Cinema Journal, 36 (4), (pp. 102-107) (5 p.).
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Afgesloten projecten

Project:
Beer and Bourdieu in the Age of the Experience Economy 01-10-2005 tot 01-07-2011
Algemene projectbeschrijving
 
Rol: Onderzoeksleider & begeleider Financiering
2e geldstroom - NWO
Projectleden
Overige projectleden:
  • dr. M. (Marijke) de Valck (UvA)
Project:
Something's Brewing BIER 01-11-2006 tot 01-01-2008
Algemene projectbeschrijving


In December 2005, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) launched an experimental research program that sought to cut across the traditional boundaries between artistic and scientific practices. Artists and scholars were brought together to develop new modes of interaction, exchange and critical reflection within the framework of a collaborative project.

 
Rol: Onderzoeksleider & uitvoerder Financiering
2e geldstroom - NWO
Projectleden
Overige projectleden:
  • Edith Abeyta
Project:
Cinema, modern life and cultural identity in the Netherlands, 1896-1940 01-02-2002 tot 01-09-2006
Algemene projectbeschrijving
 
Rol: Co-promotor Financiering
2e geldstroom - NWO
Projectleden
Overige projectleden:
  • dr. K. Dibbets (UvA)
  • drs. F. de Jong
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