Mihaela Mihailova

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Mihaela Mihailova is Assistant Professor in The Department of Film, Television and Media, and and Michigan Society of Fellow Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Michigan.

She has published articles in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Feminist Media Studies, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (ed. Karen Beckman) (co-written with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function (ed. Chris Pallant), The Animation Studies Reader (eds. Bella Honess Roe, Nichola Dobson, Amy Ratelle, and Caroline Ruddell), and Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema (eds. Jonathan Murray and Nea Ehrlich).

Dr. Mihailova is currently working on a book manuscript, Drawing (on) Ideology: Contemporary Animated Media in Russia and the United States. Through a comparative analysis of contemporary studio animation and visual effects produced in the United States and Russia, the project examines how animated media’s relationship to reality articulates national ideologies in the era of digital globalization. She is also editing a collection of essays titled Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft for Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming in 2020).

Areas of Focus

animation, gender and visual effects, labor politics in the vfx industry, industrial discourse, video games and vfx, performance capture, reception of vfx

Relevant Publications

Collaboration without Representation: Labor Issues in Motion Capture

The Mastery Machine: Digital Animation and Fantasies of Control

Realism and Animation