PhD research

Black, and the Future of Humanity

Darkly, perhaps, as some lose faith to imagine new, and better worlds, we’re left to poeticize dereliction; from the scattered detritus of industrialisation, all the way through to the scale of what we commonly understand as ‘the world,’ whose mythical inviolability crumbles in the Anthropocene. There lies a dark abyss. Where traditionally horror-fiction would be deployed to confront the parts of reality that frighten, now reality itself has provided the ultimate horror: our end.

But it doesn’t have to be so. Black, and the Future of Humanity thinks through the dark towards a different future. It meditates upon the exceptions to ‘human progress,’ the dark side of the enlightenment – slavery, oppression, violence, racism, and entangled ‘abnormalities’ of all shapes – hoping to find within them a different way to not only imagine the future, but move ethically into it.

As climate change, and artificial intelligence sharpen questions about extinction and the idea of the human, it is more important than ever to enter the dark and find better answers.

Current works in progress

  1. Four part essay series, published between January and November 2017, exploring ‘dark metaphysics’ for the Sociological Review.
  2. Book chapter, ‘Anti-Racism’s Catch’ in Witnessing Moral Monsters (Zed Books, 2018).
  3. ‘Classical and quantum (black ontologies)’ an audio-visual presentation/ performance at the Techno Resistance and Black Futures Festival at Goldsmiths, University of London (May 27).

Previous academic research 

Studied the stuffy ordinariness of ‘crisis’ in a post-industrial town, the bodies of human bombs, and why we should be scared of flying, during a Geography degree at Oxford; and looked at the death-drive of pluripotent stem cells, and how we can use lines and dancing to understand emotional responses to our surroundings, in a Sociology degree at Cambridge.