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Matthew Flisfeder

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications


Matthew Flisfeder Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3G23
Building: Graham Hall
Phone: 204.786.9848
Email: m.flisfeder@uwinnipeg.ca

Degrees:

PhD Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, Ryerson and York Universities, 2010
MA Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, Ryerson and York Universities, 2005
BA Honours Double Major in Communication Studies and Fine Arts Cultural Studies, York University, 2003

Biography:

Matthew Flisfeder is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communications. Prior to joining the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, Dr. Flisfeder was an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.

Dr. Flisfeder has research and teaching interests in rhetoric and ideology, aesthetic theory and ethics, digital and cyberpunk culture, critical studies of social media, popular culture, critical theory, and cultural studies.

Dr. Flisfeder 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.” Through a critical examination of New Materialist and Posthumanist critical theory, this project endeavours to produce a new theory of dialectical humanism for theorizing the twin dilemmas of anthropogenic climate change and the displacement of human agency by digital automation and artificial intelligence. Dialectical humanism 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.”

Affiliations:

UW Affiliations:

UW Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG), Researcher
Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS), Advisory Committee
MA in Cultural Studies Graduate Program Committee, Member

Courses:

FALL 2020

RHET 1120 Introduction to Rhetoric and Communications
RHET 2250 Communication and Popular Culture
RHET 3132 DR: Discourses of New Media

WINTER 2021

RHET 4151/GENG 7112 Critical Theories of Discourse and Ideology

Research Interests:

  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Communication and Media Theory
  • Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
  • Critical Studies of Social Media
  • Cyberpunk Culture
  • Digital Culture and New Media
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Ideology and Popular Culture
  • Marxist Theory
  • Neoliberalism
  • Popular Culture
  • Posthumanism and New Materialism
  • Postmodernism
  • Rhetoric and Ethics