Screening posthumanism: humanness, embodiment and artificial people in 21st century science-fiction film and television
My PhD project explores how constructed concepts of humanness are inscribed onto technological lifeforms in onscreen science-fiction. It traces through different modes of technological embodiment in texts such as Her (2013), Black Mirror (2011-present) and CHAPPiE (2015) to investigate the possibility of a screened posthumanism. In doing so, my thesis seeks to avoid the neat classification of science-fiction film and television as either humanist or entirely posthumanist. Instead, I work through how these extremes can and often do co-exist within a singular text, as these competing 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.
Senior Graduate Teaching Associate for Science Fiction: Theory as Film - 2022.
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.
Ich bin dein Mensch/I'm Your Man (2021) and the Perfect Man. Introductory talk followed by screening of Ich bin dein Mensch. The Apocalypse is Now Film Festival, Resonate Festival, The University of Warwick. October 2021.
Co-organising the Posthuman Bodies and Embodied Posthumanisms conference, 12-14th October 2022. For more information, please visit https://posthumanbodiesconference.wordpress.com/.
Ex Machina (2014)