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Anders is a film and media scholar, with a background in literature, composition, and critical theory.
He completed his PhD in Film Studies in 2016. He has an MA and BA in English literature. Anders spent two years in Thailand teaching high school and exploring South East Asia. His research and teaching interests have involved communications and writing, continental philosophy and spirituality, transnational and Asian cinemas, and film genres including science fiction and horror. Some of his publications include “On Dissipation: Goodbye, Dragon Inn and the “Death of Cinema” in the open-access journal, Arts, and “Cinematic Past Lives: Memory, Modernity, and Cinematic Reincarnation in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” published in the December 2015 issue of the University of Manitoba’s interdisciplinary journal, Mosaic. His essay on Wong Kar-wai’s 2046 and Christopher Nolan’s Inception appeared in the collection, The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film (2013), and was singled out for praise in a review in English Studies in Canada (40.2-3 pp. 224-26) for its articulation of the idea of the memory film. In 2011, by invitation, he wrote the introduction to the second volume of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema.
His current research is situated at the intersection of media history and critical theory, and looks at the way that Silicon Valley and neoliberal ideology have shaped the conception of the contemporary liberal self.
As a teacher, he is currently focused on academic and public communications. He also has worked on developing and teaching the communication course for Engineers at the University of Waterloo.