Dr Lars Schmeink

Dr Lars Schmeink


I am currently a Leverhulme Professor at the University of Leeds where I research ‘Progressive Science Fiction from Germany’. I am visiting from my post as Research Fellow in American Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.

Before this, I was Professor of Media Studies at the Institute for Cultural and Media Management in Hamburg and Max Kade Visiting Professor in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

In 2010, I inaugurated the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung and until 2019 served as president of the board. I am the author of Biopunk Dystopias (2016), and the co-editor of Cyberpunk and Visual Culture (2018), The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (2020), Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture (2022) and New Perspectives in Contemporary German Science Fiction (2022).

Research interests

My research interests are in the fantastic, science and technology in popular culture, science fiction and contemporary media. 

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Student education

I am not actively teaching during my stay in Leeds. I will be guest teaching with Professor Ingo Cornils for his classes on German Science Fiction.