My specialisms are within Cultural Studies and I teach modules on audiences, science fiction, comedy, sexuality and horror, not necessarily in that order.
I came to Canterbury in 2003, having previously taught at the University of Hull, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, University College Northampton, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and the Open University. Having taught literature from 1500 to the present day, thus completing the set, and creative writing, I now teach film, television, popular culture, cultural theory. I see education as transformational for all and a partnership between tutor and student.
Alongside work in science fiction and on film, I am the chair of judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and won the Pioneer Award in 2004. I am also interested in comedy - regularly attending stand up gigs (and I appear in the extras on one of Ross Noble's DVDs). I take photographs - see my photography blog http://stares.dreamwidth.org, Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/people/andrewmbutler and Blipfoto account https://www.blipfoto.com/AndrewMButler - and have exhibited at the Beaney Institute (as part of the 365: A Year in the Life of Canterbury project), the Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs and the Sidney Cooper Gallery. I have an interest in Kentish Beers and Beers of Kent, as well as brewing history and drinking habits.
Research and knowledge exchange
I supervised Dr Gemma Commane's work on burlesque and female identity and am currently supervising Rob McPherson on his PhD on binge drinking and the night-time economy, Daniela Simon on cookery shows and television, Jane CoomberSewell on Joyce Grenfell, Shaun Madden on Photography, Jennifer Deakin on first world war women photographers and others.
I am interested in supervising PhDs on science fiction, horror, fantasy, comedy, film, sexuality and leisure cultures, including drinking.
I have examined theses on Jules Verne, HG Wells, Philip K. Dick, early twentieth-century British disaster fiction, LGBTQI+ Fantasy, Iain M. Banks and creative writing.
I have taken part in three years of exhibitions at the Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am one of the editors of Extrapolation and I am on the editorial board of Science Fiction Studies.
I have given plenary papers at conferences on Commonwealth Science Fiction, Iain M. Banks, adaptation of SF novels onto film, Adam Roberts and the 2015 conference for Current Research in Speculative Fiction.
As chair of judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, it is my responsibility to supervise the judging process from submission of books to the giving of the award. The 2013 award was given at the Royal Society at an event called 2001 Days Later, available at http://royalsociety.tv/rsPlayer.aspx?presentationid=1114
My speech is at about an hour in. The 2016 award is currently reading submissions - see http://www.clarkeaward.com/
Publications and research outputs
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. London: Palgrave/BFI, 2014.
- Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012.
- ‘Strange Boys, Queer Boys: Gay Representations in Young Adult Fantastic Fiction’,Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond Boy Wizards and ‘Kick-Ass’ Chicks. Edited by Jude Roberts and Esther MacCallum-Stewart, London: Routledge, 2016.
- ‘The British Science Fiction Short Story’, The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story. Edited by Ann-Marie Einhaus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- ‘Sleeping/Waking: Politicizing the Sublime in Science Fiction Film Special Effects’.Endangering Science Fiction Film. Edited by Sean Redmond and Leon Marvell, New York and London: Routledge, 2016: 117-31.
- ‘Human Subjects/Alien Objects? Abjection and the Constructions of Race and Racism in District 9’, Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism. Edited by Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl and, Graeme Stout, New York: Bloomsbury, 2015: 95-112.
- ‘Disfigured Myth: The Destruction of London in Postmillennial SF Film’, Foundation, 122 (2015): 122-32.
- ‘Bearly Conscious? Deconstructing Pullman’s Postmodern Marionettes’, Philip Pullman. Edited by Catherine Butler and Tommy Halsdorf, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 96-112.
- ‘Futurology.’ The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. Edited by Rob Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- ‘Science Fiction Criticism.’ The Science Fiction Handbook. Edited by Nick Hubble and Aris Mousoutzanis. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
- ‘The Tain and the Tain: China Miéville’s Gift of Uncanny London’, CR: The New Centennial Review, 13.2 (Fall 2013): 133-153.
- "Psychoanalysis and Fantasy" The Cambridge Companion to Modern Fantasy Literature, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- With Mark Bould, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (eds.), Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction London: Routledge, 2010.
- With Mark Bould, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction London: Routledge, 2009.