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To apply you will need a good honours degree and preferably an MA in literary, historical or other disciplines of cultural studies. The formal application proceedure is outlined here: BirkbeckPHD


I am currently welcoming proposals for PhD study. In the first instance please submit an informal letter of interest to me at . I will work with successful applicants on relevant funding applications including CHASE and Wellcome.

I welcome proposals on the following topics:


PHD Study







20th and 21st Century Literature and/or Culture


Broad topics as an example: British Literature, American literature, Transnational literature, Global literature, Cold War, World War Two, technological development, genocide, human rights, migration, displacement, ruination, weaponry/military technology, counterfactuals, technotexts, cyborg, science fiction, gothic literature, horror, fantasy, 9/11, posthumanism, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, bio-objects, space-race, millennium, Y2K, technological singularity, the Internet, the deep web, Web 2.0., social media, avatars, nuclear power/nuclear technology, virtual reality, city, dehumanisation, energy, space, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima, arms race, drones, conception, assisted reproduction, donor genetic material.

Pre 20th Century texts with technological / human condition focus


Broad topics as an example: Pre 20th Century fiction such as Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells etc. Pre 20th Century technological movements such as industrialization, Luddites/ Luddism etc. Ancient ideas of technology e.g. Greek/Chinese stories of automata etc. Early concepts of human condition and human rights.

Theory/Philosophy and Literature (not philosophy/theory solely)


Example: Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Martin Heidegger, Ray Kurzweil, L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology), Jacques Derrida, Plato, Rene Descartes. Technology and ethics. Cybernetics, Game Theory, Chaos Theory, human rights, human ethics.



Broad topics as an example: Apocalypse theory/prediction, post-apocalypse narratives, ancient ideas of apocalypse, religious/secular apocalypse, zombie narratives, invasion, Book of Revelations, Armageddon.

Other (areas relating to the above)


Psychology (e.g. genocide mentality, psychological doubling), paranoia, psychoanalysis, trauma, urban exploration, ruination, abandoned spaces, evacuation, migration, displacement, environmental crisis, Anthropocene.

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