Utopia in Dark Times Apr05

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. Given the prevalence of dystopianism in 2017, I thought the...

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 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...

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,...

Popular Culture Talk Apr14

Popular Culture Talk

I've been invited to the University of Nottingham's graduate "Popular Culture Lecture Series" on 12th May 2015 to talk with writer and academic Professor Adam Roberts about science fiction and SF scholarship. The Popular Culture Lecture Series is a new weekly lecture series...

Malmö Keynote

I've been invited by the National Library of Sweden to give the keynote for the "Meeting Place: Open Access Conference" in Malmö, April 2015. The title of my talk will be "Opening Up Open Access Beyond the Sciences: Learning from the Open Library of...

LSE Festival Mar22

LSE Festival

I was invited to participate in a panel discussion as part of the LSE Literary Festival 2015, titled "Visions of Future Humans: Science Fiction and Human Enhancement." The panel consisted of Professor Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway), Dr Andres Sandberg (Future of Humanity...

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...

KCL Talk

I've been invited to give a keynote talk at King's College London on Thursday 4th September 2014, as part of a training event for AHRC-funded PhD students at the London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London, and King's College London. The event is...

SF/F Now Aug24

SF/F Now

In August 2014, I was invited to give a workshop on "Utopian Theory & Practice" for the SF/F Now conference at the University of Warwick with Dr Lisa Garforth (Newcastle University). SF/F Now was held as a 2-day international conference exploring the...

Alluvium Panel

It's almost 2 years since I founded the open access journal Alluvium, which publishes short, topical articles written by leading academics on 21-century writing and 21st-century literary criticism. Launched in June 2012 with my colleague Dr Martin Eve, the journal has gone from strength...