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Mihaela Mihailova

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Mihaela Mihailova is Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. She has published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Feminist Media Studies, animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Flow, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function, The Animation Studies Reader, and Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. Dr. Mihailova is the co-editor of Animation Studies and currently serves as Secretary of the Society for Animation Studies.
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. Her edited volume, Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s Stop-Motion Witchcraft, is available from Bloomsbury Publishing.

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

To dally with Dali: Deepfake (inter)faces in the Art Museum

Collaboration without Representation: Labor Issues in Motion Capture

The Mastery Machine: Digital Animation and Fantasies of Control

Realism and Animation

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