Maja Manojlovic, Ph.D.
Lecturer | Faculty Advisor for WII Pedagogy, UCLA Writing Programs (US)
Dr. Maja Manojlovic is a Lecturer and Faculty Advisor for Writing II Pedagogy at the UCLA Writing Programs. Her background is in Cinema and Media Studies, specializing in phenomenology, aesthetics, and cultures of digital film and emerging media. She has published on digital aesthetics and 3-D cinema, and presented her work at international conferences. Her current research focuses on the aesthetics of XR environments, and the effects its technologies have on our feeling and perception of the self and its relationship to the world. Her research is reflected in both her teaching and XR projects. She teaches courses ranging from Videogame Rhetoric and Design to Emerging Media: XR Technologies, Immersive Environments, and Embodied Experience. She is developing three XR experiences: Tongva VR/AR, supported by the UCLA Digital Research Accelerator, Scribe VR, supported by the UCLA Faculty Innovation Fellows Program, and Reconnect! The Amazon Medicine Garden, resulting from her participation in the 2018 Oculus Launch Pad for VR developers. She is also a co-founder of the UCLA XR Initiative (https://x-reality.humspace.ucla.edu/), an affiliate faculty of the UCLA Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS), and collaborates with the Los Angeles-based company RoTo Architects on their Affinity Space project.