Jill H. Casid is Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. A historian, theorist, and practicing artist, her contributions to the transdisciplinary field of visual studies include her monographs Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2006) which received the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss award and Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) and the edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014) co-edited with Aruna D’Souza. She is currently completing the two-volume project Form at the Edges of Life and co-editing a volume of essays The Deaths and Afterlives of Queer Theory with Michael Jay McClure. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Award (2015), the Vilas Research Investigator Award (2014), the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship (2011), and the Hamel Faculty Fellowship (2009).
Michael Jay McClure teaches the history and theory of contemporary art. More generally, McClure specializes in contemporary art’s relationship to post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, new media, Modernism, and has a long standing commitment to explicate the volatile intersection between art, gender studies, and queer theory. His research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a number of journals including Discourse, Art Journal, Sexuality and Gender Studies, The Radical History Review, and Performance Research and he has considered artists such as Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Pipilotti Rist, Trisha Donnelly, Andy Warhol, Pierre Huyghe, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jasper Johns, and the dancer Jonah Bokaer. His first manuscript, now completed, is titled Rematerialized: Queer Objects in Contemporary American Art and he is completing a second titled, tentatively, Notes on an Exhibition: Contemporary Art and Forms of Reference. His honors include the Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and the Mrs. Giles M. Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities.