China MiƩville

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...

Spaces of Alterity Jun15

Spaces of Alterity

In April 2011 I co-organised "Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives" at the University of Nottingham with Dr Michael Eades and Dr Adity Singh. The conference received an overwhelming response from academics, educators, artists and...

Critical Pedagogy Apr29

Critical Pedagogy

During the course of organising the conference "Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives" (which took place in April 2011 at the University of Nottingham), Dr Michael Eades, Dr Adity Singh and I were approached by colleagues at the...

Annexinema Apr27

Annexinema

In April 2011 I worked with the lovely Emily Wilczek, who co-organises the not-for-profit arts organisation Annexinema. As part of the "Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives" conference at the University of Nottingham (which...

David Mitchell

In September 2009 I delivered a conference paper at the David Mitchell conference organised by Dr Sarah Dillon and sponsored by the arts and humanities publisher Gylphi. The conference was an incredible experience and launched a series of conferences dedicated to living writers, in which the...

Jon McGregor

In February 2008 and February 2010 I interviewed the novelist Jon McGregor whose first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Bloomsbury 2002), had been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and The Sunday...

Marxist Film Series Oct23

Marxist Film Series

Whilst researching my PhD at the University of Nottingham, I co-founded and co-organised the Marx Reading Group with my friends and colleagues Dr Adity Singh and Dr Alexander Dunst. To accompany the growing interest in the group, we decided to run annual film screenings of films and...

Jim Crace

Having worked on Jim Crace's fiction as part of my PhD research, Fictions of the Not Yet: Time in the 21st Century British Novel, I was keen to meet the critically-acclaimed novelist and Jim kindly agreed to let me interview him at his house in Birmingham. Between numerous cups of tea I...

Marxist Group Nov25

Marxist Group

When I first joined the University of Nottingham's Department of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies to start my PhD research in 2006 I was keen to build on my reading of Frankfurt School ciritcal theory (my MA at the University of Warwick focused exclusively on critical theory). My...