Miranda Iossifidis is a Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University. Her research interests are around the collective and creative negotiation of environmental futures and climate crisis through speculative fiction and everyday urban culture.
This cluster takes as its theme the entwinement of modernisms and science fiction, alternative and counterstories, against a planetary backdrop. One is a mode of cultural production that in its early years frequently positioned itself as a consciously elitist pursuit, which only those with the most advanced knowledge and understanding would appreciate, and the other is modernism. Virginia Woolf's response to SF author Olaf Stapledon's book suggests that they share significant concerns and ideas.