Matthew Flisfeder

Associate professor of Rhetoric and Communications, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder's current research looks at the relationship between social media and neoliberal ideology — especially rhetoric about entrepreneurialism and discourses of the "self," publicity, privacy, and democracy. Dr. Flisfeder also researches the role of social media algorithms in the production and circulation of cultural and political rhetoric and ideology online. As well, Dr. Flisfeder writes about the representation of digital culture and new media in popular film and television.

Flisfeder's most recent book, Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury 2017), introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and shows how it can be used for a critical analysis of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

Flisfeder's work generally deals with media and cultural studies and his research and teaching interests lie in communication and cultural theory, critical media studies, and social and political theory.

His interdisciplinary research addresses questions about the intersection of media, ideology, and subjectivity, and examines the role of media and popular culture in reproducing ideological hegemony and in producing subjects compliant in the dominance of capitalism and neoliberalism. Flisfeder's research contributes to debates on media and society; ideologies of postmodern and consumer culture; subjectivity and identity; and emancipatory politics.

His first book, The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) examines the influence of Slavoj Žižek and his relevance for film studies. He is also the co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communications, University of Winnipeg
  • 2016–2019
    Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communications, University of Winnipeg
  • 2014–2016
    Assistant Professor of Media and Political Theory, Ryerson University


  • 2010 
    Ryerson University and York University, Ph.D. Communication and Culture
  • 2005 
    Ryerson University and York University, M.A. Communication and Culture
  • 2003 
    York University, B.A. Hon Double Major in Fine Arts Cultural Studies and Communication Studies


  • 2019
    Postmodern Marxism Today: Jameson, Žižek, and the Demise of Symbolic Effciency, International Journal of Žižek Studies
  • 2019
    'Make American Great Again' and the Constitutive Loss of Nothingness, Third Text
  • 2018
    'Trump' - What does the name signify? Or, Protofascism and the Alt-Right: Three Contradictions of the Present Conjuncture, Cultural Politics
  • 2018
    The Ideological Algorithmic Apparatus: Subjection Before Enslavement, Theory & Event
  • 2017
    Morality or Enjoyment? On Althusser's Ideological Supplement of the Law, Mediations
  • 2017
    Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner, Bloomsbury
  • 2017
    Love and Sex in the Age of Capitalist Realism: On Spike Jonze's Her, Cinema Journal
  • 2015
    The Entrepreneurial Subject and the Objectivization of the Self in Social Media, South Atlantic Quarterly
  • 2014
    Enjoying Social Media, Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader
  • 2014
    Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Communism and the End of the World, PUBLIC
  • 2013
    Debt: The Sublimated Object of Capital, TOPIA
  • 2012
    The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek's Theory of Film, Palgrave Macmillan

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Communication Association
  • Film Studies Association of Canada
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies