Michael Litwack

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


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
3-67 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Michael Litwack is assistant professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. 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. 

His current book project, tentatively titled 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-machine 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.

Michael has previously published on topics including televisual liveness and biopolitics; masculinity and the cultures of racial neoliberalism; cinema and state violence; and feminist digital counter/surveillance practices. He is also coeditor of an issue of the contemporary arts and culture journal PUBLIC titled "Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms."


Supervisory Areas

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


Recent and upcoming courses include:


  • ENGL 103  Case Studies: Reading Race and Representation
  • ENGL 218  Textualities: Theories of Reading and Interpretation
  • ENGL 302  Topics in Literary and Cultural Theories: Posthumanism
  • ENGL 385 Critical Media Studies
  • ENGL 385 Narratives of New Media
  • ENGL 395  Media Culture and History
  • ENGL 483 Mediating Race, Mediating Blackness


  • ENGL 582  Media and the Question of Reading
  • ENGL 583 Race, Modernity, and the Human
  • ENGL 800 PhD Colloquium


DH 510 - Topics in Digital Theory and Culture

Fall Term 2020
ENGL 103 - Case Studies in Research

This variable content course introduces methods of literary research as an in-depth process through one or more case studies. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English. This course can only be taken once for credit. Note: refer to the Class Schedule and the Department of English and Film Studies website for specific topics.

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

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