Liam Wilby


I began as a postgraduate researcher in September 2017. My thesis explores the intersections of critical posthumanism and various indigenous epsitemologies and cosmologies within contemporary global science fiction. I am also an undergraduate tutor on 'Prose: Reading and Interpretation' (2018-19). 

Research interests

My research interests primarily include science fiction literature and film, Afro-/Indigenous futurisms, Medical Humanities, critical and cultural theory (particularly critical posthumanism, new materialism and science studies) and Postcolonial literature.

I am co-director of the critical theory reading group Quilting Points, exploring the diverse work of Judith Butler. As well as the tri-weekly reading group, Quilting Points has hosted a film screening of Paris is Burning (1990) in collaboration with Leeds Cineforum and runs special events with guest speakers such as Professor Griselda Pollock. I was also the PGR/ECR rep involved in the organisation of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Congress 2018.


'Michel Foucault and Postcolonial Studies: Countering Foreign Domination Through the Care of the Self in George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin' in Postcolonial Literature (Ipswich: Grey House Publishing, 2017)

Talks and Conferences 

I am an invited speaker at the Posthuman Research Network's 'Posthumanist Alterities' workshop at Wilfrid Laurier University (Paper titled 'Imagining a Postcolonial Posthumanism in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber (2000)) and at the Sadler Seminar Series on the Trancultural Fantastic at University of Leeds (general paper on my thesis, part of the 'work in progress' series).

I have presented papers at the following conferences: The 2018 UCL English Graduate Conference, (In)Human(e) (University of Central London, 2018), Contemporary Africas, Creative Africas: Conceptual and Methodological Advances in African Studies, (University of Leeds, 2019 (upcoming))


  • MA English Literature (University of Leeds)
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Leeds)