Research

I have two main research areas: science fiction and fictional futures, and digital media and fandom. I approach both with a queer cultural studies methodology and close attention to issues of gender and race. My work on science fiction focuses on cultural production by marginalized creators––mainly women, queers, and people of color––in Britain and the US, from the early twentieth century to the present. My work on digital media has so far focused on the new artistic forms that are emerging from fan communities, particularly digital remix video (vidding), especially as these forms engage critical readings of media texts and are used to participate in social justice activism. I am interested in both documenting and utilizing fan vidders’ creative and critical techniques.

My first book, Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility, is forthcoming with NYU Press’s Postmillennial Pop series. The book  explores alternative futures dreamed up by feminists, queers, and people of color in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Britain and America––from feminist utopians to video remixers––in order to inquire into historical and political narratives that the seemingly transparent terminology of the future has obscured. I argue that, as speculation becomes a crucial theoretical framework from which philosophers and cultural critics analyze the present and the future, the history of speculative cultural production that has emerged from bodies marked by race, gender, and sexual deviance must be part of the conversation.

I am also developing a second book project, provisionally titled Queer Geek Politics: Social Justice, Media Fandom and Transformative Cultural Production, that will give a cohesive form to my growing body of work on digitality, media, and the amateur creative cultures and grassroots social justice politics of queer, feminist, and antiracist fans’ subcultural production.

Finally, I am a founding member of the Transformative Digital Humanities collective, which is working to highlight the work of critical queer, feminist, and ethnic studies work in and with digital scholarly practices.

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  2. Miro Martins

    Hey! I’m amazed by your ideas for the dissertation. When is it gonna be ready? I’m researcher from Brazil and I’m getting into queer theory and cyberculture. I love your concepts. I’d also love for us to be in touch, so I could use you as a theoretical reference in my research project and dissertation.

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    Alexis Lothian Reply:

    Thank you for your comment––I’m excited to hear about your interest! I should be completely done with the diss by April and will be happy to share it informally then; if there is a part you especially want to read, I don’t mind sharing it now as work in progress (I have a draft now, but I’m making a lot of revisions; some chapters are more thoroughly done than others…) Eventually I hope to develop it further and publish it as a book, so we should continue to be in conversation. I’d like to hear more about your work––get in touch (alexislothian at gmail) if you like!

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