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Lectures & talks

Caroline regularly gives invited talks and appears at public events to speak about contemporary literature, science fiction, utopias and dystopias, and also about open access publishing. Below are some of the recent and upcoming talks Caroline will be giving.

For an example of Caroline's talks on open access, click here to view a recording uploaded to YouTube from a keynote lecture delivered in October 2014 at King's College, London. For some of Caroline's recorded talks on contemporary literature and science fiction, click here to view some of her videos and podcasts.

Upcoming talks:

  • Keynote Address, "All Aboard for Ararat: The Deliquescence of Clock-Time in Contemporary Apocalyptic Flood Fictions" at the 5th Annual Fantastika Conference, University of Lancaster, 6-7 July 2018

Recent talks:

  • Invited Lecture, “Mapping Imaginary Topographies and Times: Literary Utopias from the Renaissance to the Present,” City Literary Institute, London, 17 May 2018
  • Invited Talk, "Building an Academic-Led Publisher for the Digital Age," The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers Annual Conference, Berlin, 16 January 2018
  • Invited Panellist for a panel on “All I Want For Christmas is Utopia” at the Feminist Christmas Fair, Grrrl Zine Library, Royal Albert Wharf, London, December 2017
  • Invited Lecture on "Techno-Modernity," School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape faculty and students, Newcastle University, November 2017
  • Interview with Margaret Atwood (titled "Science, fiction and the future") as part of the New Scientist Live 2017 Festival of Ideas, ExCeL London, VIP Area / Main Stage, Sunday 1st October 2017 (click here for further info)
  • Plenary Lecture, “Armchair Apocalypse, or, Why Destroying London in Speculative Literature is So Enjoyable,” Literary London Society Annual Conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, July 2017 (recording available here)
  • Invited Lecture, “Islands at the End of the World: The Pseudo-Apocalypses of Claire Fuller and Sam Taylor” for the “Speculations Seminar Series,” King’s College London, June 2017
  • Keynote Talk, "The Deep Sea, Science and Literature" at “Sounding the Sea: A Two-Day Symposium,” part of the Hull City of Culture Festival, June 2017
  • Keynote Address, “Techno-modernity: how we love it, how we fear it” for “Dystopia Now: A One Day Symposium,” Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, University of London, May 2017 (recording available here)
  • Panellist (with Prof. Jean Seaton and Dr Ben Worthy) on “Will 2017 be 1984? Rethinking Orwell's Dystopia,” Birkbeck Arts Week Event, May 2017 (recording available here)
  • Invited Lecture for the “Postgraduate Research Seminar series,” Queen Mary, University of London (Title: "Et in Arcadia Ego: Utopian Narrative Strategies in 21st-Century Fictions about Death and Dying"), January 2017
  • Invited Talk, "Dark City: London After the Apocalypse" for the "Night Museum" series, Museum of London, October 2016 (more information here)
  • Keynote Address, “Time in Contemporary Fiction,” Student Conference for English Literature AS & A Level and IB, Friends Meeting House, London, October 2016
  • Invited Talk, “Today we know that dreams point to a serious mental illness” (Zamyatin): Revisiting Early 20th-Century Utopian and Dystopian Visions, University of Salford, October 2016
  • Invited Talk for the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA), Washington, Virginia, September 2016
  • Roundtable, “The New Open Access Environment: Innovation in Research, Editing & Publishing,” 131st MLA Annual ConventionAustin, Texas, United States, January 2016
  • Invited Paper, “Human Freedom and the Utopian Imagination: Rethinking Subject-Object Materialism in Ernst Bloch’s Utopian Philosophy,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 2016
  • Keynote, “‘But there is still such beauty’: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Eco-Eschatological Time in the 21st-Century”), Current Research in Speculative Fiction Annual Conference, University of Liverpool, July 2016
  • Invited Talk, “Transforming Scholarship in the Digital Environment,” School of Advanced Studies Social Scholar Series, Senate House, London, July 2016 (video recording available here)
  • “You Must Mutate: Toby Litt and Caroline Edwards Discuss the Future of Fiction,” Birkbeck Arts Week Event, May 2016
  • Invited Lecture, “Release the Kraken! How Open Access is Transforming Humanities Research,” Kingston University Graduate School, December 2015
  • Invited Presentation at “Pathways to Open Scholarship,” organised by Knowledge Exchange and JISC, Helsinki, Finland, December 2015
  • Invited Lecture, “Moving Beyond Journals and APCs: Innovative Approaches to Open Access,” University of Cardiff, November 2015
  • Invited Talk, “The Challenges in Implementing Policies That Support Open Access,” Euraxess: Voice of Researchers Conference, European Commission, Brussels, November 2015
  • Invited Lecture as part of the “King's Fantastic Talks” series, "What's New about the Novum?: SF, History, Temporality" King's College London, October 2015
  • Keynote at Graduate Conference, "Being a Well-Rounded Researcher," University of Roehampton, October 2015
  • Plenary Roundtable Participant (session on Yevgeny Zamyatin) for the 15th Annual Conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, University of Newcastle, July 2015
  • Invited talk on "Utopian Collective Futures" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) as part of a fig/2 exhibition on "Changing Prospects," June 2015 (info here)
  • Invited talk on "The Deep Sea in Science Fiction" at the Wellcome Trust as part of "Incredible Encounters With Light," May 2015 (info here)
  • Invited talk (with Professor Adam Roberts) for the "Popular Culture Lecture Series," University of Nottingham, May 2015
  • Invited talk for "Talking Literature, Talking Theory" series,York St. John University, May 2015
  • Roundtable with Professor Adam Roberts, Anders Sandberg and Imre Bard on "Visions of Future Humans: Science Fiction and Human Enhancement" as part of the LSE Literary Festival, February 2015 (programme and info here) (view podcast)
  • Invited workshop on "Utopian Theory and Practice" for SF/F Now, University of Warwick, August 2014
  • Keynote at "How Can Existing OA Models Work for Humanities and Social Sciences Research?" Open Access Realities Conference, UKSG Annual Conference, London, November 2013 [watch a video recording of my talk here]
  • "Non-traditional research outputs" (invited lecture as part of a workshop on intellectual property), CREATe, University of Glasgow, October 2013
  • Keynote at "Open Access Futures in the Humanities & Social Sciences," Senate House, London, presented by SAGE and the LSE in association with the British Academy and Academy of Social Sciences (info here), October 2013
  • Invited talk on "Promising Business Models: The Open Library of Humanities," Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, British Library, July 2013
  • Invited lecture on "Open Access and the Humanities," The Barker Center, Harvard University, 2013 (info here)
  • Invited lecture on "Humanities, Copyright and New Technologies," Forms of Innovation, University of Durham, 2013
  • Invited research lecture on "Rethinking the Arcadian Revenge," Contemporary Fiction Seminar Series, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2012
  • Invited research lecture on "Fictions of the Not Yet," English Literature Research Seminar Series, University of Westminster, 2011