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Teaching Fellow in Marketing, Lancaster University

I am a Teaching Fellow in Marketing at Lancaster University. My interdisciplinary research covers a range of areas including science fiction, robots, AI, war, ethics and drones. I have many years’ experience working in industries as diverse as video games, healthcare and higher education. I currently work in academia, where I conduct interdisciplinary research in robots, AI, technology, science fiction and biopolitics, while also teaching digital marketing and social media.

My interdisciplinary research explores the way 'life' is created and sustained as a discursive construct. In particular, I am interested in biopolitics and the works of Foucault, Agamben, Derrida and Deleuze applied to our understanding of artificial forms of life, including robots and AI, and how these are framed relative to the human.

I completed my PhD in English Literature. 'Citizen Robots: Biopolitics, the Computer and the Vietnam Period'

For more information, see my website www.mjryder.net. You can also listen to my podcast: www.inthezonepodcast.com.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Associate Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2016–2019
    Student Communications, Lancaster University
  • 2014–2016
    Web Editor / IT Communications, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 2011–2014
    Senior Writer / Journalist, EK Communications Ltd
  • 2010–2011
    Content Writer, ChangYou.com

Education

  • 2020 
    Lancaster University, PhD English Literature
  • 2014 
    Brunel University, MA English Literature (distinction)

Publications

  • 2020
    The Final Frontier, Fuzzy Revolutions
  • 2020
    War Stories, Fuzzy Revolutions
  • 2019
    Lessons from science fiction: Frederik Pohl and the robot prosumer, Journal of Consumer Culture
  • 2019
    ‘The Trouble with Joi’ (book chapter), Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy
  • 2019
    ‘The Compliance Function: Microfascism and the Double Exclusion in Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
  • 2018
    The Darkest Hour (novel),