As a former member of the Cultural Studies department at Birmingham, Jan Campbell is interested in both cultural theory and cultural studies in relation to a range of topics .
She has published on a range of cultural theory in relation to film, literature, history, autobiography and psychoanalysis, focusing on thinkers such as Judith Butler, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Franz Fanon and Merleau-Ponty. The relationship between psychoanalysis and culture has been an ongoing interest for her as she believes that the terrain of the unconscious, or the transference, is not simply located within the private consulting room, but extends beyond the couch to society.
Jim Mussell’s work on science in culture brings together literary theory with theoretical approaches drawn from science studies as well as cultural theory more broadly. As Jim’s interests lie beyond what is usually considered ‘literature’ (science, journalism, serial publication, materiality, digital culture, the production and consumption of print), Jim argues that such theoretical approaches are essential for grappling with the role of writing in culture.
Dave Gunning’s work consistently engages with developments in postcolonial theory, particularly in relation to discussions of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, and to the conceptualisation of cosmopolitics within a global culture.