A Scanner Darkly Feb24

A Scanner Darkly

I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion and screening of Richard Linklater's 2006 film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel, A Scanner Darkly (1977). The event was organised by the Vasari Research Centre for Art & Technology as part of their Digital...

RA Review Feb15

RA Review

Review of the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, “Revolution, Russian Art 1917-1932” This review originally appeared on the Birkbeck Department of English and Humanities staff blog (click here to view the original post). One hundred years after the Russian Revolution of 1917,...

BBC Radio 3 Nov30

BBC Radio 3

I was recently invited onto BBC Radio 3's late-night programme "Free Thinking" to take part in a live broadcast discussing the literary Weird. Since co-editing an essay collection on China Miéville, China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015), I've been...

Mars in Russian SF Oct20

Mars in Russian SF

I've been writing about Russian utopian science fiction over the past couple of months, so when I was invited to give a research lecture at the University of Salford in October 2016 I jumped at the chance to present some of this material. Although I'd love to develop this...

Hillingdon Festival Oct07

Hillingdon Festival

This weekend, I'll be talking about utopian literature and politics as part of a panel discussion at the Hillingdon Literary Festival 2016. I'll be kicking things off with a 20-minute talk which will consider the emergence of utopia with Thomas More's coinage of Utopia in his...