Complete Chronological Listing of Texts on This Site
Defection. ‘ChatGPT and the Spectres of Authorship’, In Media Res (25th May 2023).
Glu-Gloriole: Michel Serres, Glory and the Social Bond. A talk given at the Michel Serres and the Social workshop, Queens’ College, Cambridge, 21st June 2022. [pdf] [video]
Hyperpsychism: or The Myth of Collective Feeling. A lecture given at the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP Cohort Day, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, 17th May 2022.
The Chit from Matron: Work, and the Making of a Modernist Living. A paper given at the Centre for Modernist Cultures, University of Birmingham, 5th May 2022.
Thaumodynamics: Making a Living in Great Expectations. The Hilda Hulme Lecture, Institute of English Studies, London, 9th June 2021. [pdf] [video]
Vision and Sexuality. A lecture given for the ‘Visual Culture’ English Tripos paper, February 2021.
‘Flown in Fumo': Alchemy, Explosion and the Furnace. A paper given at the Aesthetics of Alchemy symposium, Birkbeck, University of London, 24th June 2019. [pdf]
Bodily Wayfare: Nathaniel Fairfax on Matter and Limit. (March 2019). [pdf]
Exopistemology: On Knowing Without a Knower. A lecture given on 23rd May 2018 at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Weimar. [pdf] [video]
Stupid Shame. A talk given at the Vulnerability Seminar, University College London Institute of Advanced Studies, 17th January 2018. [pdf] [listen]
The Word on the Street: Public Reading and Reading in Public. A lecture given at Reading and its Objects, University of Sussex, 8th May 2017. [pdf]
Ludicrous Inbodiment. A lecture given at Embodiment and Emancipation, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 7th April 2017. [pdf]
Emergency, Imagination, Management. A lecture written for TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 23rd February 2017. [pdf]
Undead Letters: Beckett’s Anus Accidentels. A talk given at the Samuel Beckett Symposium, marking the publication of The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Vol. IV. 1966-1989, ed. George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn and Lois More Overbeck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), King’s College, Cambridge, 25th November 2016. [pdf]
Dickens and the Date. A talk given at Dickens’s Days: Heritage, Celebrations and Anniversaries, Institute of English Studies, London, 8th October 2016. [pdf]
Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Imaginary Machines. A paper given at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, 2nd June 2016 [pdf]
Quantality: The Mathematical Futures of the Humanities. A talk given at the University of Exeter, 8th May 2015. [pdf]
To The Ear A Great Compassion: Listening, Counting and Number A paper given at the Faculty of Music Research Colloquium, University of Oxford, 11th November 2014. [pdf]
Guys and Dolls. An essay prompted by Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Tuesday 14 October 2014-Sunday 25 January 2015, Musée Bourdelle, Paris, 31 March–12 July 2015. [pdf] [podcast] Published in Women: A Cultural Review, 26 (2015): 129-41.
‘What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?’ Literature, Number and Death. A talk given at the 20th-21st Literature Seminar, University of Oxford, 4th December, 2013. [pdf version]
A Time for Such a Word. A talk given at In Imagination: The Future Reflected in Art and Argument, a symposium in Sheffield in conjunction with the UK premiere of Forced Entertainment’s Tomorrow’s Parties, 4th October 2013.[pdf version]
Quantum Writing: Literature and the World of Numbers. A lecture given at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge, 13th June 2013. [pdf version}
Soap, Senstance and Semblance. Some thoughts developed for the Institute of Making, University College, London, 19th April 2013, and further elaborated in a talk at the Blake Society, Downing College, Cambridge, 1st May 2013.[pdf version]
Polyphiloprogenitive: Towards a General Performativity. A paper precirculated for the panel ‘What Is Performance?’ at Beyond the Authority of the ‘Text': Performance as Paradigm, Past and Present, CRASSH, Cambridge, 16th April 2013. [pdf version]
Dying Well. A talk given at Dying Well, an evening of readings performed by Paola Dionisotti and George Irving at the Wellcome Collection, 1st February 2013, to introduce the symposium What Makes A Good Death? [pdf version]
Two-step, Nerve-tap, Tanglefoot: Tapdance Typologies in Cinema. A talk given at the Screen Media Research Seminar, CRASSH, Cambridge, 6th November 2012. [pdf version]
Homo Addictus. A text prepared for the workshop Investigating the Intoxication of the Senses: Pleasure, Poison and Perception, 1600-Present, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 24 October 2012. [pdf version]
Intact. A talk given at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, as part of Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment, the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh, 20 May 2011 [pdf version]
Titivillitium:The Tittle-Tattle of the Teeth. A talk given at A talk given at Performed Voices: Whispering, Shadowing, Prompting, Jerusalem, 30 January 2011.[pdf version]
Auscultations (Listening In). A lecture given, in different versions, at the University of Iowa Sound Research Seminar 29 January 2010 and at Sonic Acts XIII: The Poetics of Space, Amsterdam, 27 February 2010 [pdf version]
Looping the Loop: Tape-Time in Burroughs and Beckett. A lecture given in the series Taping the World, University of Iowa, 28 January 2010. [pdf version]
Thinking Things. A plenary lecture given at ESSE-9, the 9th annual conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), Aarhus, Denmark, 25 August 2008 and as the Textual Practice lecture, University of Sussex, 14 October 2009. [pdf version]
All I Believed Is True: Dickens and the Mesmerism System. A talk given at Dickens and Science, Dickens Day, Birkbeck College, London, 10 October 2009. [pdf version]
Beghosted Bodyhood: Hypochondria and the Arts of Illness. An essay based on talks given at the North-East Network for Medicine and the Arts, St. Chad’s College, Durham, 16 June 2008 and Tate Britain, 18 September 2009. [pdf version]
Literature, Politics and the Loutishness of Learning. A paper developed from a talk given at the Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies seminar, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, 19 June 2009, and a plenary lecture to the Literature and Politics conference of the Australasian Association of Literature, University of Sydney, 6 July 2009. [pdf version]
Animals and the Sporting Life. A talk given as a Birkbeck Lunchtime Lecture, 3 June 2009.
Witchknots, Knitwits and Knots Intrinsicate. A text written to accompany Ravelling, Unravelling, an exhibition of work by Naheed Raza exploring the theme of entanglement in medicine, art, literature and philosophy, Royal Institution, London,13-28 May 2009. [pdf version]
Writing, Thinking, Playing, Laughing. A paper developed from talks given at the Kingston Philosophy Café, 7 May 2009, and in the series Witty Art: Jokes and Their Relation to the Arts, Institute for Theatre Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, 14 May 2009. [pdf version]
The Chronopher. A talk given at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2 April 2009. [pdf]; reprinted in The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, ed. Kathy Meizel and Nina Sun Eidsheim (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
Wherever: The Ecstasies of Michel Serres. A lecture given at Digital Art and Culture in the Age of Pervasive Computing, Copenhagen, 14 November 2008. [pdf version]
Man Is A Rope. A text written to accompany Catherine Yass’s High Wire, a film installation first shown at The Centre for Contemporary Arts for the Glasgow international Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, 11 April – 24 May 2008. It appears in Catherine Yass, High Wire (London: Artangel and Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, 2008), no pagination [pdf version]
Unholy Smoke. A talk given at Trailing Smoke, Art Workers Guild, London, 12 November 2008, an evening of talks accompanying the exhibition Smoke, Pump House Gallery, Battersea, curated by Implicasphere. [pdf version]
Scilicet: Kittler, Media and Madness. A talk given at Media Matters: Friedrich Kittler and Technoculture, 26 June 2008. [pdf version] [ listen] [download mp3]
He That Hath Not That Earth That He Is. An expanded version of a talk given at Travelling Concepts: The Body, a research seminar held at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, 30 May 2008. [pdf version]
Gasworks. An essay for the online journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 6 (2008).
Pregnable of Eye: X-Rays, Vision and Magic. An expanded version of a text written to accompany Phillip Warnell’s film, The Girl With X-Ray Eyes (2008). A version of this text was also given as a talk given for the annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science, Keele University, 29 March, 2008. [pdf version]
Inside and Outside Voices. An interview about ventriloquism with Enzo Mansueto for Rodeo magazine (Milan). An edited version of the interview appears as ‘Le Voci Dentro e Fuori di Noi’, Rodeo, 43 (2008): 66.
Beckett’s Low Church. A lecture given at the English Institute symposium Beyond Belief, Harvard University, 28 September 2007.
La Voce Come Medium. An interview with Massimo Gezzi, conducted for the publication of La voce come medium: la storia culturale del ventriloquio, trans. Massimo Gezzi (Rome: Luca Sossella, 2007), Italian translation ofDumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism.
I Believe That The World. A keynote lecture given at ‘Ways of Worldmaking’, European Summer School in Cultural Studies, Heidelberg, 2 August 2007.
Thinking Perhaps Begins There: The Question of the Animal. A review-essay published in Textual Practice 21 (2007): 577-84. [pdf version]
Inebriate of Air: Gas, Magic and Omnipotence of Thought in the Nineteenth Century. An extended version of a paper given at the Magical Thinking conference, Birkbeck College, 11 May 2007.
Flysight. An enlarged version of an essay that appears in Cabinet, 25 (2007): 78-84.
Sound and the Pathos of the Air. A talk given 21st April 2007 at Two Thousand + SEVEN, a symposium held at theSonic Arts Research Center, Queen’s University Belfast, in parallel to the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.
A Short Stirring to Meekness. A lecture given on 29 March 2007 at the international workshop Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Methodologies, Imagining Alternatives, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis.
Big Bangs and Whimpers: The Ends and Beginnings of Science. A lecture given in the lunchtime lecture seriesScience And Its Fictions, Birkbeck College, 13 December 2006. [pdf version]
It. My contribution to Exquisite Corpse, a ‘collectively authored chain of thought’, devised by Aura Satz, and on show at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, as part of the Hans Bellmer-Pierre Klossowski exhibition, 20 September-19th November 2006. [pdf version]
Her Light Materials. This review of Marina Warner’s Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media Into the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) appeared in The Independent, 27 October, 2006, under the title ‘The Progress of the Soul’. [pdf version]
Sufficently Decayed. A talk given at the Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London, 15 October 2006.
‘On Such and Such a Day…In Such a World': Beckett’s Radical Finitude. A lecture given at Borderless Beckett, An International Centenary Symposium, Tokyo, 1st October 2006. [pdf version]
At Your Fingertips. An expanded version of a review of The Book of Touch, ed. Constance Classen (New York and London: Berg, 2005), that appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement, 1757 (25 August 2006), p. 28.[pdf version]
Architecture on Air. An interview with Mark Morris, recorded on 27 June 2006, and distributed as part of the podcast interview series Architecture on Air, organised by the School of Architecture of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Haze: On Nebular Modernism. A paper given at Modernism and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Art Theory and Literary Theory, Trinity College, Oxford, 12 May, 2006. [pdf version]
Against Life. A paper given at the conference Forensic Futures: Interrogating the Posthuman Subject, Birkbeck, 18 March 2006.[pdf version]
How to Get Out of Your Head: Toward a Philosophy of Mixed Bodies. A talk given to the London Consortium, 26 January 2006.
Gruelling. An expanded version of a review article of Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist (2005), which appeared in theMail on Sunday on 21st August 2005.
‘My Fortieth Year Had Come and Gone and I Still Throwing the Javelin': Beckett’s Athletics. A talk given at theBeckett International Foundation Research Seminar, 18 June 2005
Thermotaxis.html. An essay on the thermodynamics of culture written in April 2005.
Damage. A talk given at the Barbican Art Gallery to accompany an exhibition of work by Christian Marclay, 6 April 2005.
A Dim Capacity For Wings: Angels, Flies and the Material Imagination. A paper given at a research seminar in the Department of English, University of Stirling, 10 November 2004.
Circumlocation: Waves, Wheels, Worlds. An expanded version of a text written to accompany In the Shadows of Heaven, an exhibition of works by Max Mosscrop, produced as artist-in-residence at the Theatre Royal Margate, October 2004.
The Perplexity of A Tale of Two Cities (Tastes, Rather Than Glimpses). A talk given at the Tale of Two Cities Day held at Birkbeck, 25 September 2004.
‘Transported Shiver of Bodies': Weighing the Victorian Ether. A lecture given at Victorian Sensation, the conference of the British Association of Victorian Studies, University of Keele, 3 September 2004.
The Strains of the Voice. English text of an essay written to accompany the exhibition Phonorama: Eine Kulturgeschichte der Stimme als Medium, curated by Brigitte Felderer, at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 18 September 2004 – 30 January 2005.
Overlooking. A paper given at Witness: Memory, Representation and the Media in Question, European Summer School in Cultural Studies, Copenhagen, August 26, 2004.
Corridors. A ‘love letter to an unloved place’, broadcast in BBC3 Nightwaves, 22 June 2004.
The Throat of the Loon. A transcript of a conversation with Julius Nil as a guest on his Resonance FM programme,One Reason to Live, 4 May 2004. A less groomed version of the transcript appears in One Reason to Live: Conversations About Music With Julius Nil, ed. Seth Kim-Cohen (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2006). [pdf version]
Windbags and Skinsongs. A chapter written for The Book of Skin, and given, in compressed form, as a lecture at the conference Skin: texture/textuality/word/image at the Institute of English Studies, 14 April 2004.
Incidents of the Breath: In Pneumatic and Electric Ventriloquisms. A lecture given in the series ‘Artificial Others: Lectures on Ventriloquism and Automata’ at the Ruskin School of Art and Drawing, Oxford, 17 February 2004.
Intersensoriality. A lecture given at the conference The Senses at Thames Valley University, 6 February 2004.
The Vapours. A paper given at Queen Mary, University of London, 10 December 2003.
Steam Radio: On Theatre’s Thin Air. A paper given at the London Theatre Seminar, 27 October 2003.
An Air That Kills: A Familiar History of Poison Gas. A paper given at the Death By Technology conference, Birkbeck College, 30 May 2003.
Not All of One Mind: Psychoanalysis and Culturanalysis. A paper given as part of the British Psychoanalytical Society Conference ‘The Freudian Century’? The Impact of Psycho-Analysis on Intellectual Life in Britain, London, 16-17 May, 2003.
Chronic Fatigue. Some thoughts prepared for the ‘Bare Life’ panel, in response to a keynote talk given by Alphonso Lingis, in the Research Symposium Civic Centre: Reclaiming the Right to Performance , London, 9-16 April 2003.
Maculate Conceptions. An essay on spots, also published in Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 1 (2003): 49-63.
Beckett’s Atmospheres. A paper given at the ‘After Beckett/Après Beckett’ conference, Sydney, January 2003.
What Can Cultural Studies Do? The text of an interview conducted for Interrogating Cultural Studies: Interviews in Cultural Theory, Practice and Politics, ed. Paul Bowman (London: Pluto, 2003).
Sleights of Voice: Ventriloquism, Magic and the Harry Price Collection. A talk given to the Friends of the University of London Library, 28 November 2002.
The Help of Your Good Hands: Reports on Clapping. Some thoughts on the singular cultural phenomenon of clapping, added 30 October 2002.
Men In Skirts. This essay also appears in Women: A Cultural Review, 13 (2002): 257-71.
Seeing Sound: The Displaying of Marsyas. A lecture given at the University of Nottingham, 16 October 2002.
Dickens, The Haunting Man: (On L-iterature). An extended version of a paper given at the conference A Man For All Media: The Popularity of Dickens 1902-2002 , Institute for English Studies, July 25-27 2002.
Michel Serres’s Milieux. An extended version of a paper given at the ABRALIC (Brazilian Association for Comparative Literature) conference on ‘Mediations’, Belo Horizonte, July 23-26 2002.
Isobel Armstrong’s Material Imagination. A paper given at the conference ‘Radical Aesthetics: The Work of Isobel Armstrong’, organised by the Institute for English Studies by Anne Janowitz, Sally Ledger, Jo McDonagh and Laura Marcus on 21st June 2002.
Topologies: Michel Serres and the Shapes of Thought. A paper written for a conference on ‘Literature and Science’ conference in Ascoli Piceno, 20-22 May 2002. It is forthcoming in Anglistik in Autumn 2003.
Watching the Birdie. A response to the production of To You, The Birdie (Phèdre) by The Wooster Group at the Riverside Studios in May 2002, for a symposium on the work of the Wooster Group at the Cochrane Theatre London, 14-15 May 2002, organised by Andrew Quick and Adrian Heathfield.
Hey Good Looking: or, Toward a Final Victory of the Beauty-System. A short text written, I suppose, around 2002.
The Law of Marks. A paper given at the Birkbeck School of Law Research Seminar 21st November 2001.
Live Unknown. A short text in praise of obscurity, written around 2001.
Flat Life. A paper given at the University of Glasgow in March 2001.
Not a Case of Writing. An expanded version of a contribution to The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life, ed. Mark Waldman (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 2001), pp. 298-300. [pdf]
The Shame of Being a Man. A paper given as part of the Gender and Sexuality seminar series, University of London, 30 November 2000.
As Entomate as Intimate Could Pinchably Be. A paper first given, under the title ‘Modernism’s Insect Life’, at theModernist Transactions conference at the University of Birmingham June 30th 2000.
Seeing Feelingly. Introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition Peter Randall- Page: New Sculpture, Drawings and Prints, organised by the Djanogly Art Gallery , Nottingham, 13 January – 25 February 2001.
Consequential Ground: The Foot Passengers of Bleak House. A lecture given at the Bleak House Day held at Birkbeck College, 30 September 2000.
Repression, or, The Back-Pedal Brake. The text of a talk broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on July 1, 2000.
Destitution. A lecture given at the Metaphors of Economy conference, University of East Anglia, 23 June 2000.
‘A Door Half Open To Surprise’: Charles Madge’s Imminence. A paper given at the Charles Madge and Mass Observation conference held at the University of Sussex, May 12th, 2000.
The Shakes. A piece of writing that resulted from an invitation to speak at the Research Seminar of the Roehampton Institute Department of Drama, 30 March 2000.
Sounding Out Film. A much expanded version of a paper given at the conference on Literature, Film and Modernity, 1880-1940, organised jointly by the Institute for English Studies, the University of Sussex and the University of Birmingham in London, January 13-15th 2000.
Shifting Ground. English version of ‘Auf schwankendem Boden’, written for the exhibition catalogue,Samuel Beckett, Bruce Nauman (Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2000), pp. 80-7.
Rough Magic. A series of radio essays exploring the mysteries of everyday objects (bags, wires, screens, sweets), broadcast by BBC Radio 4, January-February 2000. Listen to Bags; Wires, Screens, Sweets.
Remarks on Contemporary Music and Listening. Interview extracts broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3’sSettling the Score series and reprinted in Settling the Score: A Journey Through Twentieth-Century Music, ed. Michael Oliver (London: Faber and Faber, 1999).
Violence, Victims and Gender. An occasional piece aimed at The Guardian – and, as it turned out, missing by a mile.
Beside Himself: Glenn Gould and the Prospects of Performance. A talk broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 4 November 1999 as part of an evening exploring the life and work of Glenn Gould. Listen
Modernism and the Writing Hand. An amplified version of a paper given at the Modernism and the Technology of Writing conference organised by Tim Armstrong in the Institute of English Studies, March 26, 1999.
What If There Were No Such Thing As The Aesthetic? A contribution, not an altogether helpful one, perhaps, to a seminar programme called The Function of Contemporary Aesthetics, organised by John Armstrong for the Centre for English Studies and the University of London Philosophy Programme. My paper was given on March 3rd, 1999.
Slow Going. A paper given at the Critical Beckett conference held in Birmingham on 26 September 1998. It has been published in print form in Yearbook of English Studies, 30 (2000): 153-65.
Towards a New Demonology. A paper given at the Becoming Human conference mounted at Birkbeck College by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Culture and the Humanities on September 25, 1998.
How He Was: Samuel Beckett’s Lives. Review of two biographies of Beckett.
Art, Criticism and Laughter. The text of a paper given at a conference devoted to the work of Terry Eagleton held in Oxford and organised by the Raymond Williams Trust in March 1998.
History in Bits. An expanded version of a paper that was given at the conference After the New Historicism, organised by Steve Clark for the Centre for English Studies, and held at the Clore Centre, Birkbeck College, 13-14 March 1998.
A Few Don’ts By A Cultural Phenomenologist. A rough-and-unready manifesto for the kind of work I thought I wanted to do and see more of.
Romanticism, Modernity and Biography. The text of a talk broadcast as BBC Radio 3’s `Book of the Month’, October 28th, 1997.
`Voice, Technology and the Victorian Ear’. A paper given at the conference on Science and Culture 1780-1900, organised by my colleagues Roger Luckhurst and Jo McDonagh at Birkbeck College on 12 September 1997.
Beckett and Bion. A paper given at the Beckett and London conference held at Goldsmiths College, London in 1997.
Noise. A series of 5 programmes which I wrote and presented on BBC Radio 3. The programmes were produced by Tim Dee and transmitted February 24-28th, 1997. Listen to Noise; Speaking Clocks and Time Machines; Siren Sounds; Transports; Megaphonics
Family Time. A paper given at the `Who Stole the Family Values?’ conference, May 11, 1996, at Birkbeck College, London.
Some of My Best Friends Are Philosemites. An expanded version of a talk given at the ICA at a panel to mark the publication of The Jew in the Text: Modernity and the Construction of Identity, ed. Tamar Garb and Linda Nochlin (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995).
The War in Truth. A paper given at a colloquium entitled Postmodernism and Truth, held at the University of Sunderland in November 1993.
Virginia Woolf, the Baby and the Bathwater. Introduction to Virginia Woolf, The Years (London: Vintage, 1992).