Artificial lives

The humanoid robot in contemporary media culture


Massimo Locatelli (ed)
Francesco Toniolo (ed)


The theme of the humanoid robot has been entwined with media, literary and audiovisual imagery ever since the origins of the culture industry. In its various versions, it has shaped visions and more often fears fuelled by modernity and technological progress. The humanoid robot is both a reality that today is taking on material and concrete forms and an imaginary and fantastic construct that embodies meanings and sensibilities established in decades if not centuries of fictional representations.
This volume seeks to offer different perspectives of analysis on the cultural discourses related to robots, as they emerge in contemporary representations in film, television, and videogames; to detechnologise this object of study, considering it in its dimension as a cultural construct, between fiction and reality, and rethinking the definition of the fundamental features of the idea of the human and the margins of its configurability.


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Author Biographies

Massimo Locatelli

He is an Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is a founding member of NECS, the European Network of Cinema and Media Studies, member of the editorial board of CS. Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies and Cinéma & Cie. International Film Studies Journal, and author of several essays on the history of film psychologies and on film culture.

Francesco Toniolo

He is an adjunct professor in Film and Television Studies at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. He also teaches Game Culture at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan and Game Writing at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics of Florence. He conducts research on video games, online communities, YouTube, and intersections between different forms of art and narration in media. He has published several articles and books on these topics.


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settembre 14, 2022

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