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Dr Will Slocombe BA, MA, PhD (Wales), PGCtHE

Senior Lecturer English

Biography

Personal Statement

I am interested in various different areas of twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, primarily focusing upon science fiction (representations of Artificial Intelligence), postmodernism, and metafictions and experimental literature. I also have interests in an eclectic range of other topics: deconstruction, narratology, new media (computer games studies, electronic literature), graphic novels, nihilism, representations of mental health, and literary studies pedagogy. I am happy to discuss PhD proposals in any of these areas.

Personal Distinctions

  • "There is No Escape from Here (Wherever Here Is): Fantasies of Control in Fictions of Artificial Intelligence" (Invitation to Speak, GIFCON 2018: Escaping Escapism in Fantasy and the Fantastic 2018)
  • "Emergent Patterns (#1): Welcome to the Machine" (Invitation to Speak, The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge: AI Narratives Workshop 2017)
  • “From Sci-fi to Real life - True Fiction” (with Dr David Reid). Blue Skies Session (Invitation to Speak, International Festival of Business / Writing on the Wall 2016)
  • “Assessment in HE English, or, Is There a Test in This Class?” (Invitation to Speak, CCUE 2014)
  • “Writing on the Edge.” (Invitation to Speak, Portsmouth Council / University of Southampton 2011)
  • Teaching Excellence Award (Aberystwyth University 2009)

Administrative Roles

  • Co-Director, Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures
  • Director, MA in English Literature (Science Fiction Studies)

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