Matthew Flisfeder

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Matthew Flisfeder
Associate Professor

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications

  • Film / TV
  • Philosophy / Ethics
  • Journalism / Media Studies
  • Pop Culture
  • Social Issues
  • Technology
  • Social Media
Areas of Expertise:
  • The Alt-Right
  • Algorithmic Media
  • Automation
  • Cultural Representation in the Media
  • Cyberpunk
  • Emancipatory and Left Politics
  • Ideologies of Postmodern and Consumer Culture
  • Neoliberalism
  • Theories of Subjectivity and Identity
  • Science Fiction Film and Television
  • Social Media and Digital Labour
  • Social Media and Ideology
  • Social Media and Subjectivity / Identity
Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available To:
  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. He received his PhD from the joint graduate program in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York universities. Before arriving at The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Flisfeder was an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.

Flisfeder’s research and teaching interests are in social media, popular culture, film, and rhetorical and ideology criticism. His interdisciplinary research addresses questions about the intersection of media, ideology, and identity, and examines the role of media and popular culture in contemporary politics.

His current research examines the relationship between social media, algorithmic discourses, automation, and the representation of neoliberal ideology. He also writes about the representation of new media in popular culture, science fiction film and television, and cyberculture.

Flisfeder has written about the relationship between postmodern culture, social media, and the rise of the Alt-Right political movement. He has given published articles and public talks about the rise of the Alt-Right.

He is the author of Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury 2017), The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

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The Elvis of Cultural Theory: Understanding Slavoj Žižek

UWinnipeg's Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications presents, “The Elvis of Cultural Theory: Understanding Slavoj Žižek," on Friday,...

Popular global thought leader Slavoj Žižek to speak at UWinnipeg

Žižek is a world-renowned philosopher who has been called “the Elvis of cultural theory”. He will speak at UWinnipeg this spring on Thursday,...

Rhetoric prof shares research on classic sci-fi and new media

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Rhetoric professor pens critical analysis of “Blade Runner”

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder's new book introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and demonstrates how it can be used for a critical...