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Ernst van Alphen
Ernst van Alphen

Ernst van Alphen is Professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His publications include Francis Bacon and the Loss of Self (Harvard UP, 1993), Caught By History: Holocaust Effects in Contemporary Art, Literature, and Theory (Stanford UP, 1997), Art in Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2005), Staging the Archive: Art and Photogrpahy in Times of New Media (Reaktion Books, 2014). Next year his new book Failed Images Will appear with VALIZ Publishers.


Mieke Bal by Rena Li
Mieke Bal

Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, video artist and occasional curator. She works on gender, migratory culture, psychoanalysis, and the critique of capitalism. Her 38 books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness (Bloomsbury, 2013) on abstraction, Thinking in Film (Bloomsbury, 2013) on video installation, and Of What One Cannot Speak (University of Chicago Press, 2010) on sculpture. Her work comes together in A Mieke Bal Reader (University of Chicago Press, 2006). In 2016 In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (Hatje Cantz) was published, and in Spanish, Tiempos trastornados (AKAL, 2016) on the politics of visuality. Her video project Madame B, with Michelle Williams Gamaker, is widely exhibited: in 2017 in Museum Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, and combined with paintings by Munch in the Munch Museum in Oslo. Her most recent film is Reasonable Doubt, on René Descartes and Queen Christina of Sweden (2016). [photo: Rena Li]

Robert Hariman
Robert Hariman

Robert Hariman is a professor of rhetoric and public culture in the department of communication studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Political Style: The Artistry of Power (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and of two co-authored books on photojournalism: No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and most recently, The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship (University of Chicago Press, 2016). His other publications include edited volumes on popular trials, political judgment, political realism, and the texture of political action, as well as journal articles on parody, allegory, banality, and other modes of public address. His work has been translated into French and Chinese. Hariman posts periodically at, his co-authored blog on photojournalism, politics, and culture.

Constantin Parvulescu
Constantin Parvulescu

Constantin Parvulescu writes on the audiovisual representation of financial services, the cinema of Eastern Europe, and film and history. He coordinates the research project Finance and the Moving Image, and is the editor of the forthcoming Global Finance on Screen: From Wall Street to Side Street (Routledge, 2017). He is the author of Orphans of the East: Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject (Indiana University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of A Companion to the Historical Film (Blackwell-Wiley, 2013). Presently, he is research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra and guest lecturer at the University of St. Gallen.

Wojciech Suchocki

Wojciech Suchocki, PhD, art historian, professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University; since 2010 director of the National Museum in Poznań. For his PhD thesis, Suchocki analysed the art of Polish painter Piotr Michałowski; his postdoctoral publications include W miejscu sumienia. Śladem myśli o sztuce Martina Heideggera [In Place of Conscience. In the Wake of Martin Heidegger’s Thinking on Art] (Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 1996). He is a former member of the Division of History and Theory of Research on Art at the Institute of Art History at the Adam Mickiewicz University. Suchocki is head of the research programme Atanazy Raczyński (1788-1874). Zabezpieczenie, naukowe opracowanie i krytyczna edycja piśmienniczej spuścizny wielkopolskiego arystokraty, dyplomaty, historyka i kolekcjonera sztuki [Atanazy Raczyński (1788-1874). Preservation, Scientific Elaboration, and Critical Edition of Literary Legacy of Aristocrat, Diplomat, Historian and Art Collector from Wielkopolska], as well as a member of the Programme Board of the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections. He was awarded with the silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.

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