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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder

Contract Academic Faculty

Contact Information

Office Location: DAWB 3-127 [office hours only]
Office Hours: W14: Mon. 3:00-4:00pm 3-127 DAWB
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

Ph.D. Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University (2010)

M.A. Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University (2005)

B.A. Hon. Double Major, Fine Arts Cultural Studies and Communication Studies, York University (2003)


Matthew Flisfeder is a film, media, and cultural theorist, and the author of The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Zizek's Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His research and teaching interests include Western Marxism and Critical Theory, psychoanalysis, social and cultural theory, emancipatory politics, postmodernism and visual culture, popular culture, post-structuralism, and subjectivity.

His current research focuses on the relation between the Lacanian theory of sexual difference, Marxist politics, and the critique of ideology in popular culture and social media.  He is also currently co-editing a book called The Zizek and Media Studies Reader, which will include chapters authored by key figures in Zizek studies, including Jodi Dean, Todd McGowan, Paul A. Taylor, and Fabio Vighi, and will feature an afterword written by Slavoj Zizek.

Matthew Flisfeder's research has been published widely in Canadian and international scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, including Subjectivity, the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, cineACTION, Cultural Politics, and the International Journal of Zizek Studies.  He has also published review essays in Socialist Studies and Reviews in Cultural Theory, and has a forthcoming review in Public.

Dr. Flisfeder has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University and York University, and a B.A. Hon. Double Major in Fine Arts Cultural Studies and Communication Studies from York.  Other than teaching at Laurier, he has held teaching positions at OCAD University, Ryerson University, and Trent University.

In the News

TIFF Masterclass with Slavoj Zizek

Onstage conversation between Slavoj Zizek and Matthew Flisfeder at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre