Screening posthumanism: humanness, embodiment and artificial people in 21st century science-fiction film and television
My PhD project explores how constructed concepts of humanness, such as gender, community and emotions, are inscribed onto technological, "artificial people", such as cyborgs, androids, and artificial intelligences, through the body and the voice. I analyse examples from science-fiction film and television, such as Her (2013), Ex-Machina (2014), CHAPPiE (2015), Humans (2015-2018) and Westworld (2016-present), to investigate how these "artificial people" function in accordance with humanism and posthumanism. My intervention seeks to overcome the oversimplification in current scholarship which neatly categorises science-fiction film and television as either entirely humanist or subversively posthumanist. I argue that these two extremes can, and often do, co-exist within a single film or television text, and these positions are continually negotiated within contemporary science-fiction.
My project is supervised by Professor Catherine Constable & Dr Tiago de Luca, and is funded by Midlands4Cities (M4C) under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
I attained my BA (Hons) in Film Studies from the University of Warwick in 2018, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2020.
My research interests beyond my PhD topic include:
- Gender, sex and sexuality onscreen
- Television studies and the "post-broadcast" era's impact on medium specificity
- The animated sitcom
- Digital cinema, CGI and indexicality
- Intention, authorship and politics in film
Rogers, L. (2017). Anicom Seriality: BoJack Horseman (2014-2020) and the Post-Broadcast Era. Animation Studies 2.0, Animation and Seriality Blog.
Conferences, Talks and Papers
Does the ArchAndroid Dream of Electric Sheep? Janelle Monáe, Posthumanism and the Post-Racial “Other” in “Autofac” (2018). Department of Film and Television Studies Research Day [Digital], The University of Warwick. May 2021.
"I am everywhere:" Disembodied Knowledge and Contradictory Posthumanism in Lucy (2014). BAFTSS New Connections Event: Posthumanism(s) Roundtable [Digital], The University of Warwick. June 2021.
Ex Machina (2014)