Dr James Burton

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History
Email j.burton (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2096
Dr James Burton

James Burton is Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History.  His research interests include cultural theory, science fiction, posthumanism, process philosophy, ecology and theories of fiction.  He is the author of 'The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip.K.Dick' and associate editor, alongside Erich Hörl, of 'General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm', (2017) a collection of theoretical essays on the contemporary imbrication of different kinds of ecology.


Arts and Cultural Theory (BA); Global Cultural Politics (BA); Cultural Studies and Capitalism (MA)

Areas of Supervision

Proposals are particularly welcome for theoretically-orientated critical research projects in the following and related areas:

  • Posthumanism
  • Ecology
  • Science Fiction and culture
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Concepts and cultural forms of fiction 

Publications and research outputs


Burton, James. 2015. The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781474227667

Edited Book

Hoerl, Erich and Burton, James, eds. 2017. General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-3500-1469-5

Book Section

Burton, James. 2022. Manimism and the Primary Error. In: Anselm Franke; Elisa Giuliano; Denise Ryner; Claire Tancons and Zairong Xiang, eds. Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World). Leipzig: Spector Books / Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), pp. 35-45. ISBN 9783959056946

Burton, James. 2022. The Animal That Laughs at Itself: False False Alarms about the End of 'Man'. In: Christoph F.E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, eds. Errans: Going Astray, Being Adrift, Coming to Nothing. 24 Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, pp. 49-74. ISBN 9783965580350

Burton, James. 2022. Astronoetic Voyaging: Speculation, Media and Futurity. In: Joanna Zylinska, ed. The Future of Media. London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 333-351. ISBN 9781913380144

Burton, James. 2019. Thinking with Whitehead about Existential Risk. In: Roland Faber; Michael Halewood and Andrew M. Davis, eds. Propositions in the Making: Experiments in a Whiteheadian Laboratory. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), pp. 115-134. ISBN 9781793612564

Burton, James. 2017. Metafiction and general ecology: Making worlds with worlds. In: Erich Hoerl and James Burton, eds. General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 253-283. ISBN 9781350014695

Fuller, Matthew and Goriunova, Olga. 2017. Devastation. In: Erich Hoerl and James Burton, eds. General Ecology. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 323-344. ISBN 9781350014701

Burton, James. 2015. From Exegesis to Ecology. In: Alexander Dunst and Stefan Schlensag, eds. The World According to Philip K. Dick. Palgrave, pp. 209-227. ISBN 978-1-137-41458-8


Burton, James. 2022. Manimism: Worrying about the Relationship between Rationality and Animism. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics(104/5), pp. 214-237. ISSN 0950-2378

Burton, James and Tam, Daisy. 2016. Towards a Parasitic Ethics. Theory, Culture & Society, 33(4), pp. 103-125. ISSN 0263-2764

Burton, James. 2014. On Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth. Theory, Culture & Society, ISSN 0263-2764