About Alex McDonnell

Alex McDonnell completed a PhD on representations of Native Americans in nineteenth-century American fiction at Durham University in 2016. This year he won the Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize for his essay ‘Satire, Symbolism and the “Working Through” of Historical Ghosts in The Confidence-Man’. In June 2014 he organised a conference on American Imperialism and National Identity at St Aidan’s. Most recently he spoke on national origins, gender and Native American representations in Lydia Maria Child’s Hobomok at the 2016 BAAS/IAAS conference in Belfast. His current research interests include but are not limited to neoliberalism, science fiction and nineteenth-century literature.

British Association for American Studies Annual Conference 2017, Day Two

Following Thursday’s schedule, reviewed by Coco d’Hont, the second day of the annual British Association for American Studies conference engaged with some of the most pertinent questions facing the United States today, concerning marginality and oppression in terms of race, class and gender from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Continue reading

Review (Part Two) of IAAS Annual Conference

The design and implementation of a runaway artificial intelligence was a concern felt by many of the panellists. An AI that proved particularly threatening was one that may be built upon the incorporation of human minds into a computer network. The potential for an omnipresent surveillance filtered into an important term used at the conference – ‘hive mind’. Continue reading