MemberJesse A. Rhines

…Blue Sky for Black America:100 Years of Colored People in Western Utopian Literature, Nortia Press, 20141983 Yale MA Thesis: Internalcolonialism: The Case of Blacks in America, ProQuest, 2014 ============   Black Harvard/Black Yale, Published, June 10, 2011100 Years of Black Students in the Ivy League,, 2011            Review by:            Yale Alum Mag============BLACK FILM/WHITE MONEY(Winner, 1997 Gustavus Mayer Human Rights Award)…

Ethnic & African American Political Economy. Nortia Press just published my BLUE SKY FOR BLACK AMERICA: 100 Years of Colored People in Western Utopian Literature.

MemberSiân Adiseshiah

  • Contemporary theatre (political theatre in particular)
  • Utopian literature, drama and theory (classical Greece – the present)
  • Twenty-first century literature, drama and cultural contexts
  • Ageing and gerontology studies; women’s writing; and class studies

I joined Loughborough University as Senior Lecturer in English and Drama in June 2018 as part of the Excellence 100 campaign. I previously worked at the University of Lincoln (from 2004-2018), where I founded Lincoln’s 21st Century Research Group, co-established the ‘What Happens Now’ conference series (now the official conference series for BACLS) and the MA in 21st Century Literature. I’ve also taught at the Open University and the University of Birmingham. My PhD (on the plays of Caryl Churchill) was funded by the AHRC, undertaken at the University of Birmingham and awarded in 2003. My research interests lie mostly in contemporary theatre and twenty-first century literary studies, utopianism, class studies, women’s writing and (more recently) age studies.   My first book – Churchill’s Socialism: Political Resistance in the Plays of Caryl Churchill (2009) – was based on my PhD. It examined Churchill’s plays in relation to histories of left-wing politics, theory and activism from 1970s-2000. My second and third were co-edited volumes: Twenty-First Century Fiction: What Happens Now (2013) and Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now (2016). My fourth is a co-edited collection of essays on the contemporary playwright debbie tucker green (debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 forthcoming).   My current book project is a monograph for Methuen Bloomsbury with the title Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre, which goes back to classical Greek comedy and includes chapters on early modern and early twentieth-century drama as well as the contemporary period.   Despite the historical span of my current monograph, I am primarily a scholar of contemporary drama/literary studies and within this I’m particularly interested in political theatre, literature and politics, class studies, utopian theory and aesthetics, and feminist theatre, and have published many journal articles and book chapters in these areas.   More recently I have started to write about ageing, especially old age, and theatre. My most recent article in this area is ‘The Utopian Potential of Aging and Longevity in Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah’, Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal (May 2019, forthcoming). In my current work on ageing, I am exploring encounters between dominant framings of the contemporary and ageing/old age (particularly female old age) in 21st-century drama and fiction. In collaboration with Age UK Lincoln I established the ‘Older Readers’ 21st-century Literature Reading Group’ (comprising a group of Lincolnshire residents over the age of 60), which meets regularly with academics and is now in its fifth year. In November 2016, I organised an event called ‘The Good Age: Long Life, Literature and Utopianism’ as part of Being Human: A Festival of Humanities, which had ‘Hope and Fear’ as its theme.   I am an executive committee member of BACLS and am on the editorial boards of Bloomsbury New Horizons in Contemporary Literature, C21 Literature and the Journal of Gender Studies.   I have supervised four PhD projects to completion. These were in the areas of utopianism, contemporary fiction, women’s writing, and Marxist literary criticism, and am currently supervising a fifth on social class in the novels of Patricia Highsmith.

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: Twitter: @the_blochian Website:

MemberAndy Harper

I recently completed a PhD in American Literature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My dissertation, Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age, argues the participation of seemingly conservative regionalist texts at the turn of the twentieth century in progressive socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and environmental movements by comparing them to contemporaneous (more recognizably radical) utopian texts. I am also an activist, educator, and personal essayist, holding an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and my work has appeared recently in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, and IDK Magazine, among others. In pedagogy as in research and creative work, I am interested in place, community formation, and social change.

MemberNiall Sreenan

I am a researcher and critic working at the intersection of literature, the history of science, and philosophy, interested primarily in 19th century evolutionary thought and its cultural, political afterlives. My first monograph, Rethinking the Human in the Darwinian Novel, examines responses to evolutionary theory in 19th century literary realism and later Utopian fiction. Other projects, both in progress and complete, include work on the representation of islands in literature and philosophy, Michel Houellebecq, and the reception of Samuel Butler in the writing of Gilles Deleuze.

MemberJason A. Bartles

Jason A. Bartles is a writer and Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His work has focused on the intersections of literature, politics, and ethics in the 1960s and 70s in Cuba and the Southern Cone. His first book, ARTELETRA: Latin America in the Sixties and the Politics of Going Unnoticed is forthcoming at Purdue University Press. Recently, he has begun work on the cultural archives of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands and the potential for utopian thought today.