“What if we neither began nor ended with identity?…what if we stopped looking for either a method or an object for our research and theorizing? What if we were no longer impressed by permanence, longevity, and a certain museological artifactuality rendered as evidence? What if then, in our investigations of sex and space, we did not rely upon visual-based modes of knowledge production that are intended to generate statistical mappings and models of community (i.e. presupposed zones of identity)? In the end, what if we were to substitute something like a cruising ground for an epistemological ground?”
—Ricco, The Logic of the Lure

I am Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, Media Theory, and Criticism in the Department of Visual Studies (DVS), at the University of Toronto Mississauga. My primary graduate appointment is in the Centre for Comparative Literature, on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto, where I teach graduate seminars and supervise dissertations in the fields of Continental Philosophy, Queer Theory, and Visual Culture.

I am also an Affiliated Graduate Faculty member in the Department of Art (Art History); the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for the Study of the United States; and the Sexual Diversity Studies Program—all at the University of Toronto. I joined the U of T Faculty in 2006, having previously taught in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; in the School of Art at Texas Tech University; the Department of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and at Cornell University as a Fellow at The Society for the Humanities.


Note: go to the Bio link on the homepage of this  blog for a more complete and up-to-date biography. 


  • Ph.D. Department of Art History, University of Chicago (1998).
  • A.M. Department of Art History, University of Chicago (1991).
  • B.A. Department of Fine Arts (Art History), New York University (1988).

E-mail: john.ricco@utoronto.ca

Faculty Web Page: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/dvs/john-paul-ricco

For copies of articles, reviews, talks and other publications and presentations, go to my page at Academia.edu: http://utoronto.academia.edu/JohnRicco

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