Our research analyses how speculative literatures inform decision-making from government policy to corporate futures, and the mutual influence between technology, scientific discovery and cultural forms and representations. How science fiction appeals to rational sources for its imaginative productions, and how this has made it culturally persuasive in science and technology.
Our aim is to foster greater collaboration between the arts and humanities, the social sciences, STEM and beyond. In summer 2020, members of the group created speculative narratives for a sandbox event that brought together multiple academics and community stakeholders to consider the social and future impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
This cluster focuses on 6 strands of research:
Our members are actively carrying out research that explores these themes.
We welcome enquiries about postgraduate research. If you are interested in an MA by Research or in studying for a PhD, please browse our members staff profiles to find someone whose research interests fit your proposal, and get in touch via email. You may also be interested in learning more about postgraduate study at Essex and how to apply.
As part of the University’s commitment to a transformational, research-led education the cluster develops teaching that engages students with cutting-edge thinking in the speculative humanities. In addition to providing supervision opportunities for postgraduate students, our research directly informs existing undergraduate modules and we intend to develop new modules that correspond to the interdisciplinary nature of the cluster. These modules include: