Spring 2019: (Project Associate Professor, Center for Global Communication Strategies)

[1] Writing the Landscape: British Nature Writing at the turn of the twentieth century and beyond.

Beginning with a short introduction to cultural geography, this course will introduce students to key figures of British nature and landscape writing from the turn of the 20th century to present. The class explores the various ways in which writers have tried to describe the vibrant spaces and dynamic wildlife that surrounds them, from wilderness to urban ‘edgelands’. Students will think about how the changing of landscapes, and the communities who inhabit them, has had an impact on the way we think about and describe the natural world. The course aims to reflect nature writing in the widest sense of the term, and therefore covers a range of conceptions of and engagements with nature, including those found in ecospirituality, folklore, philosophy, ecohorror and more. Furthermore, students will be learning about and engaging in the practice of place writing, producing their own short creative reflections on the landscape.

[2] Geographies of Horror

This course will introduce students to the role of geography in cinematic and literary horror, exploring the ways in which filmmakers and writers have tried to imagine the supernatural qualities of the world that surrounds them. Starting with a short introduction to cultural geography, the classes will move on to discuss specific examples of gothic, monstrous and ecological horror. Students will consider how the supernatural entities that appear in horror (ghosts, vampires, zombies etc.) can be seen to tell us about place and environment, expressing the complex relationship between people and the landscapes they inhabit. Using cultural geographic theory as a backdrop for the course, students will examine the impact of horror on the way we think about and describe the threat and decline of the natural world. 

[3] Ecologies of Capital (and Culture)

This reading-based course provides students with an opportunity to engage in critical, cultural and geographic theory, exploring the relationship between geography, capitalism and culture through English language texts. The course will be organised around key ideas taken from the writings of Karl Marx (e.g. the commodity, fetishism, phantasmagoria), with each class used to explore a specific Marxist concept in relation to the spaces and cultures of capitalism. The course will make use of a series of examples from across popular culture as a basis for discussions on capital’s impact in the shaping of class, gender and race. The course will introduce students to a range of thinkers from across the academic world, developing their knowledge of how and where critical and cultural theory can be applied in the analysis of contemporary capitalism.

[4] Fortean Geographies: critical engagements with supernatural spaces

This short term-length course introduces students to a series of examples of strange and supernatural geographies. Each week students will examine a different instance of the Fortean, a term developed from the writings of Charles Fort (1874-1932), who published a number of popular works on the supernatural. From crop circles and UFOs to ghosts and telepathy, you will analyse the ways in which the supernatural has had a continued influence on our understanding of the world around us. You will be required to think critically about the relationship between paranormal phenomena and the specific geographies in which they are encountered, considering what role such beliefs might play in the development of the geographic imagination. What do strange encounters with the environment tell us about contemporary belief in the supernatural? Why are certain types of place still commonly believed to be cursed, haunted or magical?

[5] Writing Myth, Reading Culture: An Introduction to Folklore

This course will provide students with a foundation in working in English to conduct folkloric studies. Working through a series of comparative case studies, your class activities will be based around group discussions, screenings, in-class readings and student-led work – each designed to help develop your verbal, written and analytic skills in English language. Students will examine folklore from a cross-cultural perspective, exploring myths and legends from both the geographical East and West. As well as assessing the role of folklore from both contemporary and historical viewpoints, the class will also introduce students to methodological approaches in the investigation of folklore. You will be required to write a research paper and give short presentations in English, as well as to undertake various homework tasks throughout the course (readings, creative assignments, compiling research etc.).

[6] An Introduction to Creative Research Practices

This advanced academic writing class focuses on the growing field of creative and experimental research methodologies. The course aims to introduce students to a number of interdisciplinary and mixed methodological approaches to research, including; auto-ethnography, creative writing, art practices, walking, as well as visual and sonic methodologies (e.g. photography, film and field recording). By encouraging students to further develop approaches to their own individual research, the course aims to expand learner’s knowledge of methodological theory and practice, enabling them to identify and utilise embodied and immersive research practices in their future studies. The course will make use of weekly readings on research methodologies to support a number of in-class workshops and will culminate in the production of a creative research paper on a topic of your choice.

Previous classes include:

2017 – 2019

  • Nature, Culture and the Geographic Imagination
  • The Ghost Story: Describing spaces of the supernatural
  • English for Arts and Sciences 

2016-2017 (Project Assistant Professor, Center for Global Communication Strategies)

  • Active Learning of English for Students of the Arts (ALESA)
  • Active Learning of English for Science Students (ALESS)
  • Fluency Oriented Workshops (FLOW)

2017-2018 Sophia University (Part-time Lecturer, Dept. of British Studies) 

  • English Skills II – Cultural Analysis (Aesthetics and Landscape)

2014-2016 University of the Arts London (Associate Lecturer, School of Media and Communication)

  • Visual Cultural Theory
  • Introduction to Media Communications
  • Methods of Cultural Analysis
  • Collaborative Media Project
  • Photographic Theory (Visual Analysis)
  • Introduction to Studying Higher Education
  • Dissertation supervisor for final year BA Media Communication students.

2011 University of London  (Teaching Associate, Department of Geography)

  • Geographies of Commodities

2008-2009 Brooklands College, Weybridge (Lecturer, Dept. of Media and Film Studies)

  • Advanced Level Media Studies
  • Advanced Level Film Studies
  • BTEC Media Studies

2005-2007 University of Northampton (Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology)

  • Identity and Culture
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Global Cultures