Conference Papers

  • Jun 2017 ‘In Search of a Midnight Tentacle: Monsters, Walls and the Photographic Sublime.’ Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture, York St John University.
  • Sep 2016 ‘Dim Images: Poor Reflections on A Scanner Darkly.’ Animation and the Comic Book, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Jul 2016 ‘“Life Fighting Life”: Mockbusting War of the Worlds.’ Anticipations: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction and Radical Visions, H.G. Wells Society.
  • Jun 2016 ‘Ex_Elefantódonto: Modern Pygmalions in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.’ SFRA: Systems and Knowledge, University of Liverpool.
  • May 2016 ‘The Buckinghamshire Shaman.’ Reading and Writing in a Participative Culture: A Symposium on the Life and Work of Terry Pratchett, Dublin City University.
  • Mar 2015 ‘Quest for Love: A Cosy Uchronia?’ Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives, University of Liverpool.
  • May 2014 ‘Beyond New Worlds: John Carnell’s New Writings.’ The Science Fiction ‘New Wave’ at Fifty, University of East Anglia.
  • Mar 2013 ‘Taming Death: the Construction of Human/Alien Nature in Avatar.’ Wildlife and Society: Challenges for a Shared Future, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Sept 2012 ‘“He do the Polis in Different Voices: Mieville’s Uncanny Cities in The City and The City.’ Weird Council: an International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville, University of London.
  • Apr 2012 ‘Moon: Toward the Cognitive Uncanny.’ Worlds Apart Science Fiction Conference, University of Hertfordshire.
  • Jul 2011 ‘1990: A British Bureaucracy.’ Alien Nation, Northumbria University.
  • Mar 2011 ‘It’s Alive with the Sound of Music: The Hitchcockian Herrmannesque.’ Partners in Suspense, York St John University.
  • Feb 2011 ‘A Good Life?: The Cosiness of Survivors.’ Big Screen Little Screen, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Dec 2010 ‘A Good Life?: The Cosiness of Survivors.’ The Apocalypse and its Discontents, University of Westminster.
  • Jul 2010 ‘Going Beyond the Gernsback–Campbell Continuum: Rereading and Rewriting Wells for the 1970s.’ H.G. Wells: From Kent to Cosmopolis, H.G. Wells Society, University of Kent, Canterbury.
  • May 2009 ‘Machines Extraordinaires: Going Beyond the Gernsback–Campbell Continuum in Seventies Sf.’ Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond, Eaton Science Fiction Conference, UC Riverside, USA.
  • Feb 2009 ‘Saying the Words You Can’t Say on Television on Television: Dysphemism and the Poetics of “Bad” Language.’ Playing for Laughs, DeMontfort University.
  • Feb 2009 ‘Peeling, Crashing, Crying and Electric Love: The Discovery of Male Homosexuality in 1970s Science Fiction.’ Queerying Paradigms, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Feb 2009 ‘Loving that which you can lose: Solaris, the Seventies and the Science Fiction Art Film.’ Nothing Happens, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Jun 2008 ‘Tomorrow’s History, Yesterday’s Future: Philip K Dick’s Versions of the 1950s.’ PKDII, Nottingham Trent University.
  • Feb 2008 ‘Beyond the Cringe?: Some Notes Towards the Comedy of Embarrassment.’ Playing for Laughs, DeMontfort University.
  • Feb 2008 ‘Strange Boys, Queer Boys.’ Queer Symposium, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Mar 2007 ‘Strange Boys, Queer Boys.’ ICFA, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Mar 2005 ‘Devilish Creatures, Communist Rabbits: The Fantastic Child.’ ICFA, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Mar 2004 ‘Cultural Play in Some Children’s Books by Gillian Rubinstein.’ ICFA, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Mar 2003 ‘Puppets and Grace: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and the Marionette Theatre.’ ICFA, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Jun 2002 ‘The Magic Roundabout: An Ambiguous Utopia.’ SFRA, New Lanark, Scotland.
  • Mar 2002 ‘The Betrayal of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.’ ICFA, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Jan 2002 ‘The Betrayal of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.’ Children’s Fantasy, Bulmershe College, Reading.
  • Jun 2001 ‘Voyeurism and The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe.’ A Celebration of British Science Fiction, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool.
  • May 2001 ‘Whose Science Fiction is it Anyway?.’ SFRA 2001, Schenectady, New York.
  • Apr 2001 ‘Policing Leaching: Ideology and Ultraviolet.’ Television and Fantasy, Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Apr 2000 ‘Remaining Men Together: Fight Club.’ Dreaming, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
  • Sep 1999 ‘Terry Pratchett and Humour.’ Staff seminar, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
  • Jun 1999 ‘Philip K. Dick: LSD, Lying Ink and Lies, Inc.’ Incense and Insensibility, University of Liverpool.
  • Jul 1996 ‘“My Particular Virus”: (Re)Reading Jack Womack’s New York Quintet.’ Speaking Science Fiction, Liverpool University.
  • Jul 1995 ‘“All the toughs through history”: Posed masculinity and homosexuality in the poetry of Thom Gunn.’ Signs of Masculinity, Leeds University.
  • Dec 1994 ‘Being Beyond the Body?: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Jeff Noon’s Vurt.’ Strange Attractors, Reading University.
  • Jun 1994 ‘Going Beyond the Body?: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Jeff Noon’s Vurt.’ The Inhuman, University of Central Lancashire.
  • May 1994 ‘Water, Entropy and the Million Year Dream: Philip K Dick’s Martian Time-Slip.’ Looking at the Future, Sussex University.
  • Mar 1994 ‘Books for the High Castle: Philip K Dick and the Contemporary Classic.’ Literature and the Contemporary, University of Hull.
  • Jan 1994 ‘Tomorrow’s History, Yesterday’s Future: Philip K Dick’s Versions of the 1950s.’ ConTexts, Leeds University.
  • Jun 1993 ‘Science Fiction as Postmodernism: The Case of Philip K Dick.’ Impossibility Fiction, UCE.
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