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MemberNick T. C. Lu

I received my PhD in Fall 2018 from the Department of English of University of North Texas. I am currently teaching literature and writing at UNT. My research and teaching interests include postcolonial theory, Marxism, comparative literature, and nationalism with a special regional focus on transnational Asian and African cultures. My current book project in progress examines how the idea of “island” influences the formation of Taiwan in both symbolic and material ways.

MemberCaroline Edwards

20th and 21st Century Literature Science Fiction, Utopian Literature, Utopian Studies Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School Philosophy of Time Environmental Humanities, Petrocultures, Energy Humanities Open Access Publishing Dr Caroline Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature in the Department of English & Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, where she is actively involved with Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Literature. Her research focuses on the utopian imagination in contemporary literature, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and Western Marxism. She is author of Utopia and the Contemporary British Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which examines temporal experience and utopian anticipation in contemporary texts by British writers including Hari Kunzru, Maggie Gee, David Mitchell, Ali Smith, Jim Crace, Joanna Kavenna, Grace McCleen, Jon McGregor and Claire Fuller. Her work on contemporary writers has also led to two co-edited books: China Miéville: Critical Essays, co-edited with Tony Venezia (Gylphi, 2015) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays, co-edited with Sarah Dillon (Gylphi, 2015). Caroline is currently working on her second monograph, Arcadian Revenge: Utopia, Apocalypse and Science Fiction in the Era of Ecocatastrophe, which considers how fictions of extreme environments (such as Mars, Antarctica, the deep sea, and the centre of the Earth) have allowed writers to imagine creative responses to real and perceived disasters about climate change, from the late 19th century to the present day. Caroline has written a number of journal articles for publications such as TelosModern Fiction StudiesTextual PracticeContemporary LiteratureASAP/Journal, the New Statesman and the Times Higher Education Supplement. Her book chapter contributions on science and utopian fiction and contemporary literature include chapters for The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction, 1980-2018 (ed. Peter Boxall), The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, 2nd edition (ed. Niall Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James), Science Fiction: A Literary History (ed. Roger Luckhurst, for the British Library Press), The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction (ed. Daniel O’Gorman and Robert Eaglestone), British Literature in Transition, 1980–2000: Accelerated Times (ed. Eileen Pollard and Berthold Schoene, Cambridge University Press, 2019) and the Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literature (ed. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Fátima Vieira and Peter Marks). In addition to her public engagement work, Caroline has also been invited to lecture at a number of academic and public institutions, including Harvard University, the European Commission in Brussels, the LSE, King’s College London, the National Library of Sweden, the University of Durham, the Academy of the Fine Arts in Vienna, UCL, the University of Cardiff, the Royal Irish Academy, SOAS, the University of Warwick, the Literary London Society, the British Library, Queen Mary, University of London, and the Institute of English Studies. She has given media interviews for the BBC, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Higher Education, the Austrian national broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) and the Guardian. She is regularly involved in public speaking and has been invited to share her research in events at the Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Hillingdon Literary Festival, the Museum of London, BBC One South East, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, and the LSE Literary Festival. Caroline is known for her advocacy in open access publishing. She is Founding and Commissioning Editor of the open access journal of 21st-century literary criticism, Alluvium, and is Founder (with Prof. Martin Eve) and Editorial Director of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) – a leading open access publishing platform for humanities journals, which is also working with numerous international partners including: Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Open Book Publishers, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Public Knowledge Project, the Wellcome Trust, the British Library, the Creative Commons, RCUK, Jisc Collections, and the Modern Languages Association. As part of her campaigning for open access and work in publishing, Caroline regularly gives invited keynote talks and lectures at open access conferences and publishing events. Caroline supervises several PhD research students working on contemporary literature and science fiction, as well as digital humanities, projects. She welcomes PhD applications on the following topics: 21st-century literature, utopian and dystopian narratives, science fiction (particularly feminist SF, ecocatastrophe narratives, the New Weird, and contemporary slipstream), apocalyptic literature and culture, literary and critical theory, Western Marxism and the philosophy of the Frankfurt School. Caroline was on grant-funded leave from teaching for 2015-2018. Between 2013 and 2015, she was Director of the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture and taught on the BA English, MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and MA Cultural and Critical Studies. Caroline joined the department in September 2013, having previously worked as Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln (2011-2013), Tutor in English Literature at the University of Surrey (2010-2011) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (2008). She was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2016 and was a founding Secretary of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS). Contact details: Email: caroline.edwards@bbk.ac.uk Twitter: @the_blochian Website: http://www.drcarolineedwards.com/

MemberMichael G. Cronin

I lecture on English Literature (primarily fiction) and Irish Studies at NUIM.
Impure Thoughts, my study of Catholicism, sexuality and modernity in the twentieth-century Irish bildungsroman, was published by Manchester UP in 2012.
Along with essays on Irish twentieth-century fiction I’ve also written on gender and sexual politics in contemporary Irish culture. I’m currently working on a study of the male body and the homoerotic, and its connection with ideas about modernity and revolution, in Irish writing from Roger Casement and Padraig Pearse to the contemporary gay novel.
My main areas of interest are Irish Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; history of the novel; Queer Theory; Marxist literary theory.

MemberEmilio Sauri

“The Ontological Break.” Translation from Portuguese to English of “A ruptura ontológica” by Robert Kurz. With Mathias Nilges. Marxism and the Critique of Value. Ed. Neil Larsen, et al. MCM’ Publishing, 2014.

“The Relevance of Brecht: High Points and Low.” T…

I am Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My research focuses on literature and visual art from Latin America and the United States, and reads these in relation to the development of the global economy from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first. I am currently at work on a co-edited volume of essays titled Literature and the Global Contemporary (Palgrave, forthcoming), and a monograph on literature and the ends of autonomy in the Americas (Northwestern UP, forthcoming).

MemberColin Martin

…, Free Exchange Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference. Calgary: University of Calgary, March 12-14, 2010.“When Logic Fails: Nationalism, Marxism and a Place for Poesy.” Anatomy of Passions: Concordia Graduate Colloquium. Montreal: Concordia University, March 28-29, 2008….

Currently located in Calgary, Canada, Colin Martin studies micropress publishing and circulation. Current projects include the rebuilding of his doctoral study of Canadian small press and micropress poetry publishing, a digital archive project proposed for a SSHRC-funded postdoc, and editing a collection of essays on Calgary poetics. 

MemberBenjamin Fraser

…4-81), Madrid desde Torres Blancas (1974-82), Madrid desde la torre de bomberos de Vallecas (1990-2006).

Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Marxism and Urban Culture. Fwd. by Andy Merrifield. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014. (xxvii & 253 pp., ISBN…

Executive Editor Journal of Urban Cultural Studies Senior Editor Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Associate Editor Hispania Co-Editor Hispanic Urban Studies series