Michael Litwack

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Email
litwack@ualberta.ca
Address
3-67 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

Michael Litwack is assistant professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he also teaches in the Media Studies BA program. He received a Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2017. His research focuses on the theoretical and historical encounters among race, media, technology, and modernity. 

Michael's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Cultural Critique, Media Fields, Camera Obscura, and The Black Scholar. His coedited volumes include a special dossier in Jump Cut on the "Futures of Marxist Film and Media Studies'' (2022) and an issue of the contemporary arts journal PUBLIC titled "Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms'' (2019). 

His current book project, Racial Technics: Reinventions of the Human, is a study of the vexed function of media technologies, as figurative and material resources, in both imagining and managing Black freedom struggles in U.S. modernity. Beginning with a re-evaluation of the enabling trace of racial slavery embedded in dominant conceptions of media as prosthetic “extensions of Man,” the manuscript tracks multiple philosophical, aesthetic, and political responses to the racialization of the human-technology relationship against the backdrop of twentieth-century media-technological upheavals (including automation, cybernetics, and television). In so doing, Racial Technics assembles an archive of Black media, intellectual, and cultural production that reorients the question concerning technology beyond the protocols of both racial humanism and recent posthumanisms.



Research

Supervisory Areas

media theory, critical race and ethnic studies, Black studies, screen cultures, genealogies of media and communication, U.S. American studies, gender and sexuality, history of critical and cultural theory, post/humanisms


Teaching

Recent and upcoming courses include:

Undergraduate

  • ENGL 103 Case Studies: Reading Race and Representation
  • MST 200 Critical Media Studies
  • ENGL 218 Textualities: Theories of Reading and Interpretation
  • ENGL 302 Literary and Cultural Theories
  • ENGL 385 Narratives of New Media
  • ENGL 395 Media Culture and History
  • ENGL 430 After Humanism
  • ENGL 483 Mediating Race, Mediating Blackness

Graduate

  • DH 510 Topics in Digital Theory and Culture
  • ENGL 582  Media and the Question of Reading
  • ENGL 583 Race, Modernity, and the Human
  • ENGL 800 PhD Colloquium

Courses

DH 510 - Topics in Digital Theory and Culture

Fall Term 2021
ENGL 430 - Studies in Theory

Prerequisites: *6 of junior English or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101; and *12 of senior-level English, *6 of which must be at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.

Winter Term 2021
ENGL 801 - PhD Colloquium

Winter Term 2021
MST 200 - Critical Media Studies

A genealogy of advanced Media Studies theories and approaches in their historical contexts. Corerequisite: MST 100.

Winter Term 2021 Fall Term 2021

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