James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes on art and non-art images; his recent books include On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art (New York, 2004), Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction (New York, 2003), What Happened to Art Criticism? (Chicago, 2003) and Master Narratives and Their Discontents (New York, 2005). He is editing two book series for Routledge: The Art Seminar (conversations on different subjects in art theory) and Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts (short monographs on the shape of the twentieth century); currently he is organizing a seven-year series called the Stone Summer Theory Institute.