Morgane Ghilardi

Morgane Ghilardi, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 36 76

***Please note that B.A. supervision slots for HS21 and FS22 have been filled and that I cannot take on additional students at this time.***


Morgane A. Ghilardi is a Research and Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics, Hermeneutics, and Film Studies as well as a M.A. in Gender Studies and English Literature from the University of Zurich. In 2016, she completed her MA thesis titled Do Androids Dream of Sex? Gender, Desire, and Power in the Representation of Androids and Artificial Intelligence in Her, Automata, & Ex Machina.

Alongside her studies, she worked in media monitoring and has been active as a freelance culture journalist.

PhD Project

Morgane's PhD thesis, tentatively titled Do Androids Dream of Sex? The Politics and Aesthetics of Artificiality in 21st Century American Media, examines the intersection of representation, gender, and technology in American film and TV series of the last decade, in which the flux in post-cinematic aesthetics coincide with significant shifts in popular and political discourses about gender and technology.

Artificiality serves as a productive conceptual access point to the current state of the American cultural imaginary and its preoccupation with technologized being(s). This project builds and expands on theories considering the implications of post-cinematic (i.e. digitized and serialized) media for our modes of imagination and affective engagement, while considering how they converge with the politics of American media to articulate the particular anxieties of our age.

Other Research Interests & Projects

Other research interests include narrative, agency, and affect in video games; gender in science fiction; the poetics of queerness; and, the serial aesthetics of violence.

Invited Talks

"Smart Cities: Visionen der Maschinenstadt." Guest speaker and panelist for the event "Was ist eine Smart City?" organized by Grüne Luzern. April 21, 2021.

"Gendered Artifice: Post-Cinematic Hyperreality and Feminine Reanimation." Guest speaker at the Zurich University of the Arts as part of the interdisciplinary design praxis "Und morgen dämmert's". March 3, 2021.

"Kultur der Künstlichkeit: Fakes und ihre Mythen." Speaker at the Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft. February 27, 2021

"Electronic Bodies, Real Selves: Agency, Identification, and Dissonance in Video Games." Guest lecture at Stanford University as part of Prof. Shane Denson's course “Digital and Interactive Media”. February 19, 2020.

"Artificial Entities, Gender, & Sex in the Cultural Imagination." Speaker at the AI Lecture Series at the UZH Philosophy Department. May 20, 2019.

"Player Agency, Identification, and Immersion. Or, Some Thoughts on End of the Universe." Guest lecture at the University of St. Gallen as part of Dr. Jesse Ramirez' seminar "Playing with the End of the World: The Last of Us and Post-Apocalyptic Gaming." March 5, 2019.

"Do Androids Dream of Sex? Geschlecht in kulturellen Repräsentationen von künstlichen Entitäten." Lecture at the Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft. February 23, 2019. 

Presentations & Lectures

"Multimediale Genrekonstruktion im Video Spiel." Genres und Medien: Multimediale Genre-Konstruktion Workshop at the UZH English Department. January 16-17, 2020.

"Technandrology - a Symbolics of Human-Machine Interaction in the Postindustrial Paradigm." With Scott Loren. Posthuman Economies: Literary and Cultural Imaginations of the Postindustrial Human at the University of Basel. April 13-14, 2019.

"Do Androids Dream of Sex? Gender, Sex, and Desire in the Representation of Artificial Entities." The Cyborg Days Conference at UZH & ETH. November 26, 2018.

"Playing (with) Horror: Video Games and the Deconstruction of Genre." SANAS Biennial Conference 2018: The Genres of Genre at the University of Lausanne. November 2-3, 2018.

"Performativity and the American Housewife: From The Stepford Wives to Gone Girl." American Domesticity Workshop at the UZH English Department. November 24-25, 2017.


"A Shrewdness of Apes: Introducing Technandrology." Interconnections: Journal of Posthumanism, with Dr. Scott Loren. (forthcoming)

"Superheroes, Artificiality, and Post-Cinematic Reflections in The Umbrella Academy." The Force of the Umbrella Academy, edited by Lisann Anders, McFarland & Co. (forthcoming)

"Never Fear." Ida Lupino: Die zwei Seiten der Kamera, editors Elisabeth Bronfen, Ivo Rizer, and Hannah Schoch, Bertz+Fischer, 2018.

Event Hosting & Organization

"Rules of the Father: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Ruins of Neoliberalism in The Last of Us." Guest lecture by Prof. J. Jesse Ramírez (University of St. Gallen). October 25, 2021.

"Seriality and Digital Media." Virtual guest lecture and Workshop with Prof. Shane Denson (Stanford University). October 12, 2021.

"Imag(in)ing Future Bodies: Engagements of Gender, Race, & Tech." An event series, co-organized with Hannah Schoch. Link

  • “Life to Those Pixels: Imag(in)ing Future Bodies  of Film and Media”. Lecture & Workshop with Prof. Shane Denson (Stanford University) at the English Seminar, UZH. December 14, 2018.

  • Donna Haraway. Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Screening at Cinema Houdini & panel discussion with Morgane Ghilardi and Edwin Ramirez. Moderation: Hannah Schoch. November 27, 2018.

  • Donna Haraway's Legacy: "A Cyborg Manifesto” in 2018. Colloquium for BA-, MA-, PhD-Students at the English Seminar, UZH. November 23, 2018.


Honors & Awards

Nominee for 2020 UZH Teacher of the Hour: "Initiated by the Office of the Vice President Education and Students Affairs, the University of Zurich aims to recognize and present the extraordinary efforts made by teachers" in response to the pandemic in the spring of 2020.

Recipient of the 2019 U.S. Embassy SANAS Travel Award: Funding for a research trip to San Francisco/Palo Alto, California, which included a guest lecture at Stanford University.



B.A. Thesis Supervision: Please note that I have no open spots for HS21 and FS22.

Fall 2021

The Body in Text:

Corporeal Textuality in Literature and Visual Media


Fall 2021/Spring 2022

English Literature: Textual Analysis

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

English Literature: Textual Analysis
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 English Literature: Textual Analysis
Fall 2019 Queering Culture: Reading and Writing (Against) Gender (Syllabus)
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 English Literature: Textual Analysis
Fall 2018

The Ghost in the Machine:

Representations of Androids & AI in Literature & Film 


Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 English Literature: Textual Analysis


Commission Work

2018-2021. Kommission für Lehre und Studium. Junior Researcher Representative for Literary Studies. English Department, UZH.