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I’m a Research Fellow at Northumbria University (UK). I write about contemporary culture, crises, and the politics of time. I’m particularly interested in North American and British writings responding to twenty-first-century anxieties and crises that range from climate breakdown and other apocalyptic threats for my first book to the sleep crisis for my second book project. My research considers the understandings of time that shape these crises and our sense of self.

My first book, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury. You can read the book’s introduction here. You can find out more about my other published projects, divided by topic, here. You can also listen to talks I’ve given on my research here.

My new research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis: 24/7 Capitalism and Neoliberal Subjectivity”, has recently attracted funding from the Wellcome Trust (Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science) and the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). You can find out more about this project here.

My criticism, essays and reviews have appeared in venues like boundary 2 online, ASAP/J, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Open Library of Humanities, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing, edited collections published by Palgrave and Cambridge University Press, and elsewhere.

I am committed to making my research accessible to a general audience. The full list of my media and public-facing writings is here. A selection of highlights, including media publications, festival work, and podcasts, can be seen below:


News

Image Journal invited me to be part of their writers’ panel at the online conference Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’ on the theme of ‘God After God: Coupland, McLuhan, and Divine Absence in the Digital Age’. You can watch my pre-recorded remarks, ahead of the live conversation with Nick Ripatrazone, Meghan O’Gieblyn, and Lisa Cockrel, here


For the 30th anniversary of the publication of Douglas Coupland’s Generation X, I’ve written an article in The Conversation about the legacies of this novel in the 21st century. The article has since been republished in several news outlets, including Salon.


A woman holds a skull in her hand like a hamlet.

My research on post-apocalyptic fiction has been featured in Yle, Finland’s national public broadcasting company.


For RTÉ Brainstorm, I wrote an opinion piece on Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Tenet. The article argues that Tenet is a movie shaped by climate change that fails to appropriately confront the crisis.


With Andrew Tate and Mary McCampbell, I’m organising an online conference on 23-24 April 2021 on Canadian writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland. You can find out more on the conference website. Free registration here.


For The Polyphony, I wrote a short piece introducing my new research project, ‘Writing the Sleep Crisis’, and looking back on the project’s inaugural event ‘Forty Winks Café‘ at the Being Human Festival 2020. The piece discusses sleep deprivation and speculative fiction that imagines the future end of sleep.


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