Staff 2018

SINS brings together different ways of working with narratives. This difference is reflected in the traditions, methods and choice of empirical data represented by the staff of lectures with some originating in literary narratology, some in linguistic, psychological and sociological analysis and others in transmedial narrative study.

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 (on abstraction), Thinking in Film (on video installation), both 2013, Of What One Cannot Speak (on sculpture, 2010). Her work comes together in A Mieke Bal Reader (2006). In 2016 appeared In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (Hatje Cantz), and in Spanish, Tiempos trastornados on the politics of visuality (AKAL). 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 Kristina (2016). The installation of that project has been shown in Kraków, and in 2017 in Amsterdam and Warsaw.



Jason Mittell

Jason Mittell is Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture, (Routledge, 2004), Television and American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2010), Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (NYU Press, 2015), and Narrative Theory and ADAPTATION (Bloomsbury, 2017), co-author with Christian Keathley of The Videographic Essay (caboose books, 2016), and the co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013). He maintains the blog Just TV. His research interests include television history and criticism, media and cultural history, narrative theory, genre theory, videographic criticism, animation and children’s media, videogames, digital humanities, and new media studies & technological convergence. He is Project Manager for [in]Transition, a journal of videographic criticism, and co-lead of the NEH-sponsored digital humanities workshop "Scholarship in Sound & Image" in 2015, 2017, and 2018, focused on producing video-based scholarly criticism.



Anna De Fina

Anna De Fina is Professor at the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the role of discourse and discursive genres in the representation/negotiation of self /other and the re-construction and communication of experience in three distinct, closely related areas: Narrative analysis, Discourse and identity, and Language and identity in immigrant communities. She is the author of Identity in Narrative: a Study of Immigrant discourse (2003), and co-editor with Bamberg and Schiffrin of Selves and Identities in Narratives and Discourse (2008), as well as co-editor with Georgakopoulou of Analyzing Narrative: Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives, (2011) and The Handbook of Narrative Analysis (2015).



Jan Christoph Meister

Jan Christoph Meister is Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Hamburg with core areas Modern German Literature and Text Analysis. He is the author of Computing Action. A Narratological Approach (2003), co-editor with Hühn, Pier, and Schmid of Handbook of Narratology. 2nd Edition, (2014), and co-editor with Kindt and Schernus of Narratology beyond Literary Criticism. Mediality, Disciplinarity (2005).