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Book Apps and Digital Textuality

Posted by on May 31, 2017

With its vast storage capacity for digitising the majority of canonised literary works, the Internet offers a wide variety of resources for contemporary readers. Unsurprisingly, the digital medium...

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Deep State and the Future of Theatre

Posted by on May 31, 2017

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's 2012 film project Deep State, scripted by China Miéville, tells the story of a time traveller who passes through holes in conventional history created by the irruptive power of riots.

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With Love from Iceland

Posted by on May 31, 2017

Iceland is, to put it weirdly, so hot right now. Iceland is circulating through the social imaginary in a number of big-budget cinematic vehicles: Dr. Mann’s uninhabitable planet in Interstellar...

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Will 2017 be 1984?

Posted by on May 31, 2017

As part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week 2017, we organised a panel titled "Will 2017 be 1984" (you can listen to a podcast recording of the panel here) which considered the uncanny relevance of Orwell’s novel...

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Book Apps and Digital Textuality

Book Apps and Digital Textuality

May 31, 2017

With its vast storage capacity for digitising the majority of canonised literary works, the Internet offers a wide variety of resources for contemporary readers. Unsurprisingly, the digital medium...

Deep State and the Future of Theatre

Deep State and the Future of Theatre

May 31, 2017

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's 2012 film project Deep State, scripted by China Miéville, tells the story of a time traveller who passes through holes in conventional history created by the irruptive power of riots.

With Love from Iceland

With Love from Iceland

May 31, 2017

Iceland is, to put it weirdly, so hot right now. Iceland is circulating through the social imaginary in a number of big-budget cinematic vehicles: Dr. Mann’s uninhabitable planet in Interstellar...

Will 2017 be 1984?

Will 2017 be 1984?

May 31, 2017

As part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week 2017, we organised a panel titled "Will 2017 be 1984" (you can listen to a podcast recording of the panel here) which considered the uncanny relevance of Orwell’s novel...

Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Mar 15, 2017

What do we mean by this odd subject, Speculative Fiction? If we’re dealing with extrapolative fictions, expressly concerned with imagining alternate futures, presents and pasts, when does now begin and end?... 

The Altermundos of Latin@futurism

The Altermundos of Latin@futurism

Mar 15, 2017

Latin@futurism has yet to register within the hegemonic popular imagination—one historically drenched in whiteness and heteropatriarchy. At best, it is recognized as a quaint...

Jordan Krall’s Speculative Fiction

Jordan Krall’s Speculative Fiction

Mar 15, 2017

Speculative fiction is a paradox. Synonymous with science fiction and “genre literature,” it is also one of the most ancient modes of storytelling in literary history. One could easily identify Plato’s Atlantis...

Martin MacInnes and Celtic SF

Martin MacInnes and Celtic SF

Mar 15, 2017

Martin MacInnes’ debut novel Infinite Ground (2016) is structured around a disarmingly simple premise. At the height of a heatwave in a South American country, a 29-year-old man named Carlos is having...