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Professor of Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Spring 2015

William Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Principle Investigator of the Open Documentary Lab and the Game Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University and a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Lichtenberg-Kolleg) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.


Uricchio, who has held Humboldt, Guggenheim, and Fulbright fellowships, focuses on revisiting the histories of old media when they were new, algorithmic enablements of participatory cultural forms, the history and future of television, as well as cultural identities and the question of “Americanization” in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His publications include Reframing Culture: The Case of the Vitagraph Quality Films (Princeton, 2014), We Europeans? Media, Representations, Identities (Chicago/Intellect, 2008), and Media Cultures (Heidelberg, 2006). He is currently completing books on the deep history of television, on history-based games, and the playing of history and historiography after poststructuralism. For the British Film Institute he is editing a collection of essays entitled Many More Lives of the Batman.

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