Dr Liam Voice


I received my PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Leeds. I also hold an MA in New Media & Digital Culture from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc in Communications, Media & Society from the University of Leicester.

Research interests

Broadly, my research interests lie in thinking critically about digital culture, and, more specifically, the critical study of the language and metaphors used in digital discourse. My research critiques the language and the metaphors we (both scholars and the public) use in digital culture.

I am motivated by an overarching research question: How is digital culture shaped by the discourse we use to describe it and by the language we use to talk about it? And, in an echo of the title of Brian Massumi’s (2016) text, I ask: What can animals teach us about digital culture? What happens when we de-anthropocentrise our thinking?

In my theoretical and philosophical PhD thesis, Animal Spirts: An Ecology of Digital Culture, I adopted a posthumanist approach to think differently about aspects of digital technology and computational culture, such memes and algorithmic filtering. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, I engaged with fields such as posthumanism and animal studies, philosophy, English literature, film studies, video game studies, as well as biological sciences such as ecology and zoology. I then proposed alternative models to change the way we talk about and, thus, the way we think about what it means to engage with digital culture and with digital technologies.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Media and Communications (University of Leeds)
  • MA New Media & Digital Culture (University of Amsterdam)
  • BSc Communications, Media and Society (University of Leicester)

Student education

I have taught various modules, such as media history, technology and digital culture, as well as introductory media and communication modules. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.