Morgan Harper

PhD Student

Working Dissertation


Coming Undone: On-Screen Bodies and Negative Special Effects


Brian Price


Morgan Harper is a second-year PhD student at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. His dissertation will consider the intermedial history of special effects for graphically modulating on-screen bodies. Pushing beyond theories of special effects that primarily understand them as ornamentation or presence, his dissertation will consider how their negative, structuring logic emphasizes distortion, erasure, and absence, as well as how this negative capacity for imaging the body can inform philosophical understandings of ontology and subject formation. Among his primary scholarly interests are special effects, the politics of feeling, post-structuralism, subject formation, and computation.

Selected Work


  • 2018 Claudia Gorbman Graduate Student Writing Award - Honourable Mention 
  • 2018 Atom Egoyan Cinema Studies Scholarship 
  • 2017-2018 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s Award


MA, University of British Columbia
BA, University of British Columbia