LLS Keynote

I was really pleased to be invited to deliver one of the plenary addresses at the London Literary Society's annual conference in July 2017, which was organised around the theme of "Fantastic London: Dream, Speculation and Nightmare" and held at the Institute of English Studies,...

Hull City of Culture Jun18

Hull City of Culture

Following a talk I gave on "The Deep Sea in Science Fiction" at the Wellcome Trust in 2015, as part of the "Incredible Encounters with Light" exhibition, I was delighted to be invited by Invisible Dust to give a follow-up talk as part of the Sounding the Sea...

Margaret Atwood Interview Jun04

Margaret Atwood Inte...

As part of the New Scientist Live 2017 festival of ideas, I'm really excited to announce that I'll be interviewing Margaret Atwood on the Main Stage – VIP Area at the ExCeL Centre in London on Sunday 1st October 2017. The event is titled "Science, fiction and the...

Dystopia Now

Birkbeck's Centre for Contemporary Literature recently organised a one-day conference titled "Dystopia Now," held at the School of Arts on 26 May 2017. I was really thrilled to be asked to deliver the opening keynote for the conference, alongside Dr Mark Bould who gave the...

Pseudo-Apocalypse

In June 2017, I'll be returning to the Speculations Lecture Series run at King's College London to deliver a lecture on “Islands at the End of the World: The Pseudo-Apocalypses of Claire Fuller and Sam Taylor.” The talk will consider an intriguing sub-set of...

2017 or 1984? May18

2017 or 1984?

As part of the Birkbeck Arts Week 2017 programme, I was invited to join my Birkbeck Colleague Dr Ben Worthy and Professor Jean Seaton for a panel discussion about the relevance of Orwell's landmark dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) to our own moment of political...

Utopia in Dark Times

I've been invited to give a public lecture as part of Durham University Palace Green Library's Exhibition on "Time Machines: The Past, the Future, and How Stories Take Us There" on Wednesday 7th June 2017. My talk will be titled "Utopia in Dark Times" (see here for...

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...

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...

Museum of London

As part of the Museum of London's new Night Museum series, I'll be giving a talk titled "Dark City: London After the Apocalypse" for the Museum of Dark Places events, curated by Jes Fernie. My talk will consider London’s darker side in literary and popular...

EMC Keynote Oct01

EMC Keynote

The English Media Centre have asked me to deliver a keynote at their annual student conference this year, the emagazine Student Conference for English Literature AS & A Level and IB taking place at Friends House in London on Friday 14th October 2016. The title of my talk...

Academy of Fine Arts...

The Austrian Science Fund (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, or FWF) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna recently invited me to Vienna to speak about open access and open science, in my capacity as Founder and Co-Director of the Open Library of...

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...

MLA Panel Report

As part of my duties as Founder and Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities, I recently organised a panel at the 131st Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association (MLA), held at Austin, Texas in January 2016. The panel was titled "The New Open Access...

EU Workshop

In my capacity as Co-Director of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), I was recently invited to give a talk at a workshop organised by the European Commission, Alternative Open Access Publishing Models. My talk offered an overview of the innovative business model that we are...

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,...

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...

ICA Panel Jun28

ICA Panel

I was recently invited to give a talk as part of a panel on "Changing Prospects" for the LUNÄ talks organised by the Belgian artist Marjolijn Dijkman. The week-long talks were part of the ongoing fig-2 exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and...

The Deep Sea May01

The Deep Sea

I'll be joining artist Tania Kovats on Saturday 2nd May 2015 for a fantastic day of talks at the Wellcome Collection, curated by the Invisible Dust project as part of the "Incredible Encounters with Light" event. Bringing together artists, scientists, writers and researchers,...