Oscar Mealia

Oscar Mealia

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: ‘Inhuman, all too Inhuman: Lyotard, Film and the aesthetics of the Digital’.
Supervisor: Dr Richard Langley and Professor Rob Stone
PhD Film Studies with Audio-Visual


  • MA in Comparative Literature
  • BA in English Literature and Creative Writing


In 2015 I completed an MA in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, the University of London with a particular focus on the relationship between Literature, Art, Aesthetics and problematics of representation in the work of Adorno, Benjamin and Blanchot, culminating in my dissertation; 'Utopia in fragments: Art and Adorno's Negative Dialectics after Shoah'.


My research is an exploration of film vis-à-vis Jean-François Lyotard's notion of the inhuman, digital aesthetics and immaterial technologies crucially through the medium of film. Centered on investigations into Lyotard’s largely neglected notion of acinema and the constellation of anamnesis, the figural, nihilism and technology, I seek to trace their implications and possibilities for film through theoretical and artistic enquires. In doing so I seek to question the limits of film in a digital age saturated with images and information, examining the viability of film as a site of resistance against what Lyotard terms the “inhuman”.

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