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 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 by Daniel Jackery
- Utopia Beyond Capitalism in Contemporary Literature: A Commons Poetics, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023.
- Imagining the End of Capitalism: Utopia and the Commons in Contemporary Literature, PhD dissertation, Birkbeck, University of London (2020).
Essays and chapters
- To imagine the end of capitalism – commons utopias now, Textual Practice (2023).
- With Beyond Gender Research Collective. Drowning in the Cloud: Water, the Digital and the Queer Potential of Feminist Science Fiction, in Technologies of Feminist Speculative Fiction: Gender, Artificial Life, and the Politics of Reproduction, ed. Sherryl Vint and Sümeyra Buran (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).
- With Beyond Gender Research Collective. A Future Collectively Salvaged from the Rubble, The Architectural Review, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’: 125th Birthday Issue (2021).
- With Elena Govor. ‘If you thirst for freedom, seize it!’: The songs of the Belarusian uprising, Transitions, 2021.
- ‘Life! Life!’: The Precarious Utopianism of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140, Utopian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2 (2021).
- ‘Come here, it sang, listen’: Juliana Spahr’s commons poetics in That Winter the Wolf Came, Textual Practice, Vol. 35, No. 7 (2021).
- Responding to the Chance of Space in Marshland, Alluvium, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016).
- Towards a Taxonomy of Edgelands Literature, Alluvium, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015).
Podcasts and recordings
- ‘A Constellation of Commons’ and discussion with Tamara de Groot and Robin van den Akker on utopia and the commons, for Techne Congress: Back to the Future, July 2020, Loughborough University London.
- Riot Noises: Verbatim Theatre Representations of the 2011 UK Riots and the Limits of Comprehension, MA dissertation, King’s College, London (2016).
- (Un)mapping the Edgelands: Towards a new genre in contemporary British literature, Honours dissertation, Australian National University (2014).
- With Beyond Gender Research Collective. “Navigating Beyond Gender: The City in Feminist Science Fiction.” (Un)fair Cities: Equity, Ideology and Utopia in Urban Texts, December 2019, University of Limerick.
- “Never a Common Common Enough: Ongoing Futures in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr.” Poetics in Commons, May 2019, University of Sheffield.
- “‘Life! Life! Life!’: The Precarious Utopianism of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140.” Disruption, Displacement, and Disorder: 43rd Society for Utopian Studies Conference, November 2018, University of California Berkeley.
- “The Utopian Body in Contemporary Literatures of Crisis.” British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies - What Happens Now, July 2018, Loughborough University.
- “‘It’s All Good, It’s All Fucked’: The Anti-Capitalist Commons in Contemporary Poetry.” Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism in the Twenty-First Century, July 2018, Nottingham Contemporary.
- “Lines of Flight: The Utopian Escape in Contemporary Speculative Literature.” Utopia, Now!, August 2017, Chelsea College of Arts, London. (Audio)
- “Troubled Solidarity, Precarious Utopias.” Solidarity and Utopia: 18th Utopian Studies Society Conference, July 2017, Gdańsk, Poland.
- “The Snow and the Zone: Creating communitas on the thresholds of sf cinema.” CRSF 2017, June 2017, University of Liverpool.
- “Occupy the Threshold: Locating occupation protests in liminal space.” Crossing Borders: Negotiation, Provocation, and Transgression, May 2017, Birkbeck, University of London.
- “A Poetics of Emptiness: Naming places at the urban margin.” 2015 ELLAK International Conference: Spaces/Spatialities: Practices, Encounters and Articulations, December 2015, Busan, South Korea.