Dr James Burton

James examines areas of cultural theory, science fiction, post-humanism, ecology and theories of fiction.

Staff details

Dr James Burton


Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


j.burton (@gold.ac.uk)

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. 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