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Liam Rogers

Media, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Human or Posthuman? The Vocal and Bodily Inscription of Humanness onto Technological Subjects in Contemporary Science-Fiction Film and Television.

My research explores the representation of technology, such as AI, virtual realities, androids and cyborgs, under an analysis of humanness and posthumanism. It investigates how, across various modes of embodiment, ranging from disembodied voice to fully tangible, human-like androids, the concept of the human is inscribed onto technology. My research seeks to bridge the gap between scholarship which views human-like technology in film and TV as posthumanist, destabilising definitions of the human and anthropocentrism, and those who consider a technological emulation of humanity as reassuring. 

Research Area

  • Media

Publications

Rogers, L. (2017). Anicom Seriality: BoJack Horseman (2014-2020) and the Post-Broadcast Era. Animation Studies 2.0, Animation and Seriality. 

Other Research Interests

  • Gender, performativity and the work of Judith Butler
  • Television studies, including the "post-broadcast era"
  • Narratology
  • The ontology of film and television's medium specificity
  • Aesthetics, intention and authorship ideology
  • Digital cinema and CGI
  • The animated sitcom 
  • "New Queer Cinema"