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 as an UZH administrative assistant. She was part of the Filmstelle VSETH team, and has also had the opportunity to lead the student organizations SCORE and FAVA. She is occasionally active as a freelance culture journalist.
Morgane's PhD thesis, tentatively titled Do Androids Dream of Sex? The Politics and Aesthetics of Artificiality in 21st Century American Media, examines the representations of the gendered technologies and artificial women in American film and TV series of the last decade, in which post-cinematic aesthetics coincide with significant shifts in popular and political discourses about gender, body, and power. Resulting media products have conveyed an ongoing anxiety rooted in epistemic and phenomenological uncertainty due the ever-increasing dilution of the real and artificial as well as the ongoing deconstruction of gender and sex.
Artificiality serves as a productive conceptual access point into the current state of the American cultural imaginary and its preoccupation with machines, cyborgs, and androids. This project builds and expands on ample theories considering the implications of postcinematic (i.e. digitalized and serialized) media while considering the politics of American media that grapple with shifting power structures and taxonomies.
Other Research Interests & Projects
Other research interests include narrative, agency, and empathy in video games; gender, space, and frontiers in science fiction; aesthetics of queerness; and, the serial aesthetics of violence.
Presentations & Lectures
"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." Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft. February 27, 2021
"'Get Their Jobs Done Faster and Better': Work, Subjecthood, and the Body in Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous." Work: The Labors of Language, Culture, and History. SANAS Biennial Conference 2020 at the University of St. Gallen. (upcoming; postponed.)
"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.
"Multimediale Genrekonstruktion im Video Spiel." Genres und Medien: Multimediale Genre-Konstruktion Workshop at the UZH English Department. January 16-17, 2020.
"Artificial Entities, Gender, & Sex in the Cultural Imagination." AI Lecture Series at the UZH Philosophy Department. May 20, 2019.
"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.
"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." Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft. February 23, 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.
"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
"Imag(in)ing Future Bodies: Engagements of Gender, Race & Tech." An ongoing event series, co-organized with Hannah Schoch. Link
Prof. Shane Denson (Stanford University) “Life to Those Pixels: Imag(in)ing Future Bodies of Film and Media”. Lecture & Workshop 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.
The Body in Text:
Textual Embodiment and 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|
The Ghost in the Machine:
Representations of Androids & AI in Literature & Film
|Fall 2017 / Spring 2018||English Literature: Textual Analysis|