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Matthew De Abaitua

Senior Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Matthew De Abaitua
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872853

  • Location

    5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    During the pandemic, I will not be in my allocated campus office. Students who want academic support from me should email me mjdeab@essex.ac.uk and we will arrange a suitable time.

Profile

Biography

I welcome PhD proposals in Creative Writing in prose fiction. I'm particularly interested in science fiction and literary fiction novels.

Qualifications

  • MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director of Education, Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS), University of Essex (1/9/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Artificial Intelligence narratives

Writing and studying narratives that connect to AI and climate change

Key words: Artificial intelligence
Open to supervise

Current research

My memoir on literary ambition Self & I will be published early 2018.

I am currently writing a science fiction novel exploring epigenetics and climate change.

Self & I

A memoir of literary ambition

Afterword to the Contemporary Critical Perspectives volume on Will Self

A critical overview of the works of Will Self in the 21st century.
More information about this project

Conferences and presentations

The Climate Artist

Invited presentation, Organic Systems: Science Fiction & Ecology Today, London, United Kingdom, 2/5/2019

Artificial Imagination: strange tools and the novel

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, AISB, Falmouth, United Kingdom, 18/4/2019

Artificial Imagination: Dreams and Delusions of AI

Invited presentation, Dot York, 4/10/2018

The Climate Artist

Invited presentation, Not I, Jerwood, London, United Kingdom, 15/9/2018

Class matters

Invited presentation, Greenwich Book Festival, Book Festival, London, United Kingdom, 16/6/2018

Author Confidential

Invited presentation, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, London, United Kingdom, 2/6/2018

AI Narratives:

Invited presentation, How do we talk about AI? workshop, London, United Kingdom, 3/5/2018

Life, the Universe and Everything: Science Fictional Responses to the Epistemological Question

Invited presentation, Eastercon, Eastercon, London, United Kingdom, 31/3/2018

The Future of Cities

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Eastercon, Eastercon, London, United Kingdom, 30/3/2018

'How to Teach Genre' with Dr Celia Brayfield at English Shared Futures, 2017.

2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Beginning of a Novel (LT346)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Writing the Novel (LT908)

Previous supervision

Joshua Ross Grocott
Joshua Ross Grocott
Thesis title: Pandatopia: A Novel with a Critical Commentary, Teotwawki
Degree subject: Creative Writing
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/1/2020

Publications

Journal articles (2)

De Abaitua, M., (2017). The Fourfold Library (6): Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, The Ballad of Halo Jones. Foundation: the international review of science fiction (128)

De Abaitua, M., (2016). Short Story: The University of the Sun. New Scientist (3104)

Books (4)

De Abaitua, M., (2019). Self & I: A memoir of literary ambition. Eye Books. 9781785630798

De Abaitua, M., (2016). The Destructives. Angry Robot. 9780857664747

De Abaitua, M., (2015). If Then. Angry Robot. 9780857664716

De Abaitua, M., (2011). Alan Moore interview

Contact

mjdeab@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872853

Location:

5NW.4.17, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

During the pandemic, I will not be in my allocated campus office. Students who want academic support from me should email me mjdeab@essex.ac.uk and we will arrange a suitable time.