Raphael Kabo

Academic work

My academic work examines the manifestations of utopia, the commons, and precarity in contemporary culture, with a particular interest in post-2008 poetry, novels, and speculative fiction, and cultural production within contemporary global activist movements.

In 2020 I finished writing my PhD dissertation at Birkbeck, University of London. My first book, Utopia Beyond Capitalism in Contemporary Literature, is coming out in 2023.

Photograph of me presenting my paper 'The Utopian Body in Contemporary Literatures of Crisis' at BACLS 2018, Loughborough University, UK Photograph by Carly Marie Robinson (@carlymarierobbbo)

Beyond Gender Research Collective

I am a co-founder of the non-hierarchical research collective Beyond Gender, an ongoing experiment in collaborative writing, close reading, and theorising about the possibilities of science fiction.

Utopian Acts 2018

In 2018, along with Katie Stone, I organised Utopian Acts 2018, a one-day festival and conference exploring the relationship between activism, art, and academia. The conference programme, photos, and blog posts are available on the Utopian Acts website.

Photograph of the band Dream Nails running a zine-making workshop at Utopian Acts 2018 Photograph by Daniel Jackery


Essays and chapters

Podcasts and recordings

Unpublished work

Conference papers