Dr. Péter Kristóf Makai

KWI International Fellow


April – September 2021  KWI International Fellow, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen
Project: Theme Parks in an Intermedial Context

2018-2020   Crafoord Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Linnaeus University’ Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies

Part of: “Communicating across Media Borders” Project

Research Project: “The Greatest Story Ever Told: Evolution’s Journey Across Mediascapes”

2017 Fall      Adjunct Faculty at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest – Department of English Language Pedagogy and Translation Studies

Teaching: English-Hungarian Translation

2011-2016   University of Szeged, Doctoral School for Literary Studies – Subprogram for English Literatures and Cultures

Dissertation: „Bridging the Empathy Gap: Representing Neurological Difference in Contemporary Autism Novels”
Supervisor: Kérchy Anna and Cristian Réka Mónika

2013              School of Criticism and Theory, 2013 Summer Session – Cornell University

Seminar: Narrative, Intellectual Disability and the Boundaries of the Human

Seminar leader: Michael Berubé

2011-2009   English MA – University of Szeged, Insitute of English and American Studies

M.A. Thesis: Spatial Narratives and Intermedial Metareferencing Incorporated in Two Synthetic Themed Environments

Supervisor: Nagy Gergely

2010              Aarhus Universitet – Intensive Program In Narratology

Theme: “New Media/New Narratives”

Organiser: Stefan Iversen

Jan-May         West Virginia University – Exchange program (1 semester)

Subjects studies: Research Methods in the Digital Age, Metadrama and Metatheatre, Postcolonial Magical Realism

2009-2006   English (B.A.) – University of Szeged, Insitute of English and American Studies

B. A. Thesis: The Ludological Secret of Monkey Island

Supervisor: Dragon Zoltán



  • Game studies
  • Theme park studies
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy studies
  • Evolutionary and cognitive cultural studies
  • Narratology



“Red in Bits and Bytes: Evolutionary Conflicts in Biological God Games.” In: Linderoth, Jonas, Björn Sjöblom and Anders Frank, eds. Playful rivalry: The representation of conflicts in games. New York and London: Routledge Advances in Game Studies series.

“Games: Playable Arda.” In Stuart E. Lee, ed. A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Second edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

“Building the Theme Park of Your Imagination: Virtualising the Theme Park Experience in Digital Games.” In: Dave Gottwald, Vahid Vahda and Gregory Turner-Rahman, eds. Virtual Interiorities. New York and London: Routledge.

“Recycling Cardboard: Climate Change Board Games.” Paradoxa 31, 77-104 (2020).

“Three Ways of Transmediating a Theme Park: Spatializing Storyworlds in Epic Mickey, the Monkey Island Series and Theme Park Management Simulators.” In: Lars Elleström and Niklas Salmose, eds. Transmediations! Communication across Media Borders. New York and London: Routledge, 2020. 164-185.