W.J.T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches in both the English and the Art History departments. Particularly focussed on the history and theories of media, visual art and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present, his research explores the relations of visual and verbal representations in the culture and iconology. Professor Mitchell edits the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences, which under his editorship 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, among many other topics. He has lectured at universities and art museums throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the Far East. His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berlin Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Berlin and the Morey Prize in art history given by the Colege Art Association of America. In 2003, he received the University of Chicago’s prestigious Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. As an author, his numerous publications include the books Mental Traveler: A Journey through Schizophrenia (2020), Metapictures: A Cloud Atlas of Images (2020); Image Science: Iconography, Visual Culture, and Media Aesthetics (2015); Seeing Through Race (2012); Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to the Present (2011), What Do Pictures Want? Essays on the Lives and Loves of Images (2005, awarded James Russell Lowell Prize by Modern Language Association, and Laing Prize by University of Chicago Press); Picture Theory (1994, awarded Charles Rufus Morey Prize for art history by College Art Association, and Laing Prize by University of Chicago Press), Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology (1986), and Blake’s Composite Art (1977). W.J.T. Mitchell is currently finishing a book entitled Seeing Through Madness.


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Paula Ribeiro Lobo, NOVA University of Lisbon

Paula Ribeiro Lobo is Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Art History of FCSH - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Contemporary Art History from the same university, with a thesis on the relation of Portuguese 20th century art to the image and imaginary of the Portuguese colonial empire. As a full member of IHA-Instituto de História da Arte, she integrates the Contemporary Art Studies research group and research lines "Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art" and "Spatial Practices". She has co-organised and participated in national and international conferences, and published several academic articles and book chapters. Her research interests include the relation of art and power during dictatorships, contemporary art interactions with memory and history, and artistic experimental pedagogies.




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Ribeiro Lobo, P., & Mitchell, W. (2022). W.J.T. MITCHELL. Archivo Papers, 2(2), 13–28. Retrieved from http://archivopapersjournal.com/ojs/index.php/apj/article/view/50