Assistant Professor

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Svitlana Matviyenko

Svitlana Matviyenko is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Analysis in the School of Communication. Her research and teaching are focused on political economy of information, social and mobile media, infrastructure studies, history of science, cybernetics and psychoanalysis. She writes about the networking drive and user complicity; practices of resistance and mobilization; legacies of the Soviet techno-politics, including the Chernobyl catastrophe; information and cyber-war. Her publications include The Imaginary App (co-edited with Paul D. Miller, MIT Press, 2014) and articles in (Re)Turn: A Journal of Lacanian StudiesHarvard Journal of Ukrainian StudiesFibreculture JournalDigital Creativity, Krytyka and other venues. She is a co-editor (with Judith Roof) of Lacan and the Posthuman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and a co-author (with Nick Dyer-Witheford) of Cyber-War and Revolution (forthcoming with Minnesota UP in 2019).


  • PhD (2015) Critical Theory; Philosophy of Technology and Science - Centre for the Study of Theory of Criticism, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD (2011) Critical Theory, Film and Media Theory - Department of English, University of Missouri
  • MA (2001) and BA (2000) Theory, History of Literature and Comparative Literature Department of Humanities, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine


Edited Books

Lacan and The Posthuman
, eds. Svitlana Matviyenko and Judith Roof. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

When Posthumanism displaces the traditional human subject, what does psychoanalysis add to contemporary conversations about subject/object relations, systems, perspectives, and values?  

Promoting psychoanalysis’ focus on the cybernetic relationships among subjects, language, social organizations, desire, drive, and other human motivations, this book demonstrates the continued relevance of Lacan’s work not only to continued understandings of the human subject, but to the broader cultural impasses we now face. Exploring Posthumanism from the insights of Lacan’s psychoanalysis, chapters expose and elucidate not only the conditions within which Posthumanist thought arises, but also reveal symptoms of its flaws: the blindness to anthropomorphization, projection, and unrecognized shifts in scale and perspective, as well as its mode of transcendental thought that enables many Posthumanist declarations. 

The Imaginary App, eds. Paul D. Miller and Svitlana Matviyenko. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.

The mobile app as technique and imaginary tool, offering a shortcut to instantaneous connection and entertainment.

Mobile apps promise to deliver (h)appiness to our devices at the touch of a finger or two. Apps offer gratifyingly immediate access to connection and entertainment. The array of apps downloadable from the app store may come from the cloud, but they attach themselves firmly to our individual movement from location to location on earth. In The Imaginary App, writers, theorists, and artists—including Stephen Wolfram (in conversation with Paul Miller) and Lev Manovich—explore the cultural and technological shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the mobile app. These contributors and interviewees see apps variously as “a machine of transcendence,” “a hulking wound in our nervous system,” or “a promise of new possibilities.” They ask whether the app is an object or a relation, and if it could be a “metamedium” that supersedes all other artistic media. They consider the control and power exercised by software architecture; the app's prosthetic ability to enhance certain human capacities, in reality or in imagination; the app economy, and the divergent possibilities it offers of making a living or making a fortune; and the app as medium and remediator of reality.

Edited journals

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Invited publications

Book chapters

  • “Graphocentism in Psychoanalysis,” Lacan and The Posthuman, eds. Svitlana Matviyenko and Judith Roof. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 113-127.
  • “(H)appy Thoughts: Introduction,” The Imaginary App, eds. Paul D. Miller and Svitlana Matviyenko. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.