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Matthew Flisfeder

Associate Professor

Matthew Flisfeder ©UWinnipeg
Contact Information

My Research


Rhetoric and Communications


  • Film / TV
  • Journalism / Media Studies
  • Philosophy / Ethics
  • Pop Culture
  • Social Media

Areas of Expertise:

  • Alt-Right
  • Aesthetics
  • Algorithmic Media
  • Automation
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cyberpunk Culture
  • Digital Culture and New Media
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Ideology and Popular Culture
  • Marxist Theory
  • Modernism and Modern Culture
  • Neoliberalism
  • Posthumanism
  • Postmodernism
  • Rhetoric and Ethics
  • Science Fiction Film and Television
  • Social Media

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


Matthew Flisfeder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Communications. He is the author of Algorithmic Desire: Toward a New Structuralist Theory of Social Media (Northwestern University Press, 2021), 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).

Dr. Flisfeder is currently working on a project funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant called “The Hysterical Sublime: A Critical Study of the Aesthetics, Rhetorics, and Ethics of New Materialist and Posthumanist Critical Theory.”

Dr. Flisfeder's project endeavours to produce a new theory of humanism for theorizing the twin dilemmas of anthropogenic climate change and the displacement of human agency by digital automation and artificial intelligence. This project aims to shift our critical gaze away from contradictory critiques of Anthropocentrism and the “Anthropocene,” and onto the structural contradictions of twenty-first century capitalism, or the “Capitalocene.”

Media and Research Expert