Dr. Péter Kristóf Makai
Péter Kristóf Makai recently finished his Crafoord Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intermedial and Multimodal Studies at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, where he studied how evolutionary theory is being communicated across media borders, from popular science to science fiction, historical fiction, video games and board games. He earned his English Literature PhD from the University of Szeged, where he wrote his dissertation on how cognitive literary theory, clinical psychology, disability studies and contemporary English and American middlebrow novels represent autism spectrum conditions and fictional mental functioning.
He is excited to join the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut to continue studying how theme parks are transmediated into digital and board games. As a KWI International Fellow, he will investigate how digital and cardboard media use the principles of theming and theme park design to deliver memorable experiences, how themes serve and inspire gameplay mechanisms, how theming is used to mediate narratives, and what different media modalities contribute to the process of meaning-making. Previously, his work on theme parks and games was featured in Apertúra (ISSN 1787-7245), Time and Temporality in Theme Parks (2017, Wehrhahn Verlag), and Transmediations: Communication across Media Borders (2020, Routledge).
In addition to theme park research, he has published work on Tolkien, games and worldbuilding in Reconstructing Arda (2019, Walking Tree Publishers), A Companion to J. R. R: Tolkien (2013, Wiley-Blackwell) and Tolkien Studies(ISSN 1547-3155). He is a member of COST Action 18230, Interactive Narrative Design for Complexity Representations.
His professional interests include fantasy and science fiction studies, evolutionary and cognitive literary theory, game studies, postmodern and contemporary literature. He serves on the expert panel awarding Hungary’s longest-running science fiction, the Péter Zsoldos Award and the newly-formed Monolit Prize. He is an avid hiker, cyclist, and wine aficionado (WSET Level 3).