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In April 2021, with Andrew Tate and Mary McCampbell, I organised the first international conference devoted to Canadian writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland. You can find out more, including recorded sessions, on the conference website.


Image Journal invited me to be part of their writers’ panel at the online conference Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’. The panel will discuss 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 re-published 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.


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.


News Archive (from July 2020):

December 2020: With Contemporary Studies Network, I organised the online workshop and conference ‘Canons and Values in Contemporary Literary Studies‘.


November 2020: For Being Human Festival 2020, I organised Forty Winks Café, an online event on health, sleep, and contemporary culture featuring talks by Katy Shaw, Jason Ellis and myself. You can watch the recording of the event here and download a list of recommended books, films, and videos featuring sleep here.


November 2020: Andrew Tate, Mary McCampbell and I curated a Thinking With multimedia cluster for ASAP/J, titled ‘Thirty Years of Generation X’. The cluster comprises five short essays, a painting, and a video roundtable. My essay is titled ‘McJobs and Veal Fattening Pens: Work and Futurity in Generation X‘.


November 2020: I wrote an entry on the iPhone in Ling Ma’s post-apocalyptic novel Severance for the ‘Crossed Lines‘ online exhibition of literary telephones, curated by Sarah Jackson.


September 2020: I have a new book chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty Four, exploring the politics of memory and archives in the novel.


July 2020: I have a new book chapter in 21 Century US Historical Fiction, exploring David Means’ alternate history novel Hystopia.