CRSF Keynote

I'm looking forward to the Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) 2016 conference later on in June. This year I've been asked to deliver one of two keynote addresses, along with Dr Patricia Wheeler (University of Hertfordshire). I've taken the opportunity to revisit my...

Utopianism Series

I'm delighted to have been invited onto the editorial board for the book series "Palgrave Studies in Utopianism." Utopianism is an interdisciplinary concept which explores both imagined ideal societies and practical attempts to create them, as interpreted through...

Powering the Future

Having organised a panel on petrocultures as part of Birkbeck's Arts Week last year, "Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures," I'm delighted to be working with Dr Graeme Macdonald (University of Warwick) in co-editing a special issue of the Open Library of...

China Miéville Book

  I'm delighted to announce that China Miéville: Critical Essays is now published. I've been co-editing this collection since Autumn 2012, after the successful Weird Council conference which saw academics from all over the world meeting to...

Peak Oil Article Nov03

Peak Oil Article

Since organising the panel "Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures" as part of Birkbeck's Arts Week programme in May 2015, I've been working up an article on critical engagements with peak oil in popular cultural texts – from films and TV to...

King’s Lecture

I've been invited this Autumn to deliver a lecture as part of a new series, "King's Fantastic Talks," organised by Dr Rhys Williams. My lecture will take place on 29th October at King's College London's campus and is titled "What's New About the Novum? SF,...

Maggie Gee Book

Since we organised a conference dedicated to British novelist Maggie Gee's writing in 2012, Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge) and I have been co-editing a book of scholarly essays examining her novels and short stories. Maggie Gee: Critical Essays is published by Gylphi...

Zamyatin Panel

The annual conference of the European Utopian Studies Society took place this year at the University of Newcastle. Taking its theme as "The End of the City," the 2015 conference was dedicated to examining the function of the city in contemporary utopian thought. As Yevgeny...

Petrocultures Panel

As part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2015 (see video about this below), I'm organising a panel titled "Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures" on Monday 18th May 2015, 2-5pm.   Birkbeck Arts Week 2015 from The Derek Jarman Lab on Vimeo.   Oil shapes our...

Rethinking the Arcadian Revenge

In preparation for the 129th Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association in January 2014 at Chicago, I have self-archived a green open access post-print version of the full-length journal article from which my paper will be drawing. The article was published in a special issue on "Contemporary British Fiction" edited by Patrick O'Donnell (Michigan State University) in the journal Modern Fiction Studies, Volume 58, Number 3 (Fall 2012) [see here for access via Project Muse]. Please click on the "download pdf" button below to view this article in a larger format.    Download (PDF,...

Herbert Marcuse

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to the US in Autumn 2011 to attend a fantastic conference, "Critical Refusals: The 4th Conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society," held at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2011. Whilst this was the biennial...

Sam Taylor

I've been developing a new literary methodology for analysing twenty-first century British fictions over the course of the past 5 years, and one of my preoccupations is the way in which time functions in many novels: not only in terms of an increasingly self-relflexive temporal...

China Miéville

On 14th-15th September 2012 Tony Venezia and I co-organised a 2-day academic conference dedicated to the writing of China Miéville, called "Weird Council: An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville." The conference was...

Maggie Gee

I recently worked with Dr Sarah Dillon from the University of St Andrews and Anthony Levings, the Managing Editor of the arts and humanities publisher Gylphi, to organise a two-day international conference dedicated to the work of British novelist Maggie Gee. The conference brought...

Ernst Bloch

Having worked extensively on the thinking of Ernst Bloch in my PhD research, Fictions of the Not Yet: Time and the Twenty-First Century British Novel, I was keen to research Bloch's own literary criticism in more detail. In April 2010 I was able to start mapping out some of the key...

The Not Yet

I'm currently finishing my first monograph, Fictions of the Not Yet: Time and the Contemporary British Novel. The book interrogates representations of time within the late twentieth- and early-twenty-first century British novel. Central to this study is the assertion that utopian...

Capital Group Mar15

Capital Group

I've recently been involved in running the Capital Reading Group at the University of Lincoln, which meets every fortnight during term-time to read and discuss Marx's first volume of Das Kapital (in English – the Ben Fowkes translation). The group has a facebook page if...

SF Film Series Feb03

SF Film Series

This film screening series will accompany the third-year optional module on Science Fiction that I'm teaching in the Autumn term 2012. Week 1 | Origins Le Voyage dans La Lune (1902) (dir. Georges Méliès) Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) (dir. Yakov...

Caryl Phillips Dec15

Caryl Phillips

I've become fascinated with literary representation of transmigration (see, for example, my chapter on transmigration in David Mitchell: Critical Essays). One of the most interesting examples of this kind of writing is Caryl Phillips’ Crossing the River (Bloomsbury, 1993), which...

Subjectivity

In September 2008 I co-organised a one-day AHRC-funded international conference with Dr Matthew Mead and Dr Alexander Dunst at the University of Nottingham titled "New Radical Subjectivities: Rethinking Agency for the 21st Century." The conference attracted a diverse range of...