W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Professor of English, Art History, and Cinema Studies, University of Chicago
I teach in the English, Art History, and Cinema Studies departments and am the Senior Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. I work particularly on the history and theories of media, visual art, and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present. My work explores the relations of visual and verbal representations in the culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). In addition to publications resulting from my own research, under my editorship Critical Inquiry has published special issues on public art, psychoanalysis, pluralism, feminism, the sociology of literature, canons, race and identity, narrative, the politics of interpretation, postcolonial theory, and many other topics. As a teacher I try to encourage students from a variety of disciplinary locations to think about such topics as: "Space, Place, and Landscape," "Fetishism, Totemism, Idolatry," "The Eye and the Gaze," "Violence and Representation," and "The Arts of Memory." A few years ago, I developed what has proven an especially successful course in "Theories of Media." My books have received the Morey Prize (for Art History), the Lowell Prize (for Literature) and the Laing Prize for Best Book of the Year by a Chicago author, twice.
Hillary Chute, Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design, Northeastern University
Hillary Chute’s work focuses on comics and graphic novels, contemporary fiction, visual studies, American literature, gender and sexuality studies, literature and the arts, critical theory, and media studies. She is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press, 2010), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard University Press, 2016), and Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (Harper, 2017). She is also associate editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011), which won a National Jewish Book Award, among other prizes. She recently co-edited the Critical Inquiry special issue “Comics & Media” (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and in 2006 she co-edited the MFS: Modern Fiction Studies special issue “Graphic Narrative,” the first issue of a journal in the field of literature devoted to analyzing comics. She has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and Poetry. She was associate professor of English, and an associate faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago before joining the Northeastern faculty. Chute serves on the Executive Committee of Northeastern’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She is a comics and graphic novels columnist for the The New York Times Book Review.
Patrick Jagoda, Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
I am Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. I specialize in media theory, game studies and design, and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture. Alongside this position, I am the co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and the Transmedia Story Lab. I also serve as Executive Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry. I am faculty director of the Weston Game Lab and the Media Arts and Design minor at the University of Chicago. I have helped develop game studies and game design at the University of Chicago.
Additionally, I am the author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification (University of Chicago Press, 2020), Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and co-author with Michael Maizels of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT Press, 2016). I am currently working on a collaborative multimedia book, Story Lab: Collaborative Narrative Methods for a Transmedia Era (under contract with Stanford University Press). Along with these books, I have edited several books and special issues; published over thirty essays in humanistic journals such as American Journal of Play, American Literary History, American Literature, boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, differences, Modern Philology, PMLA, and Social Text; multimedia journals such as Audiovisual Thinking, hyperrhiz, Kairos, and Thresholds; and scientific journals such as Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Journal of STEM Education, and Sex Education. I have co-directed a number of board, card, video, and alternate reality game projects.