Avery Delany is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. Their thesis examines how single-player science fiction video games co-create ideas of what it means to be “human” through fieldwork with video game developers and players, and autoethnographic engagements with video games such as Detroit: Become Human, the Mass Effect series, Fallout 4, and In Other Waters. Avery approaches their research from an intersectional and interdisciplinary angle, highlighting the importance of incorporating the cultural, historical, social, political and personal within creative and non-fiction works.
Avery identifies themselves as a gender-weird, hybrid human, creature of chaos, worldbuilder, dreamer, activist, creative writer and public speaker who occupies “away-from-keyboard”, virtual and speculative worlds.
They are currently a co-director of the London Science Fiction Research Community and member of the Beyond Gender feminist and queer research collective.
Research interests include:
- Decolonizing and decentering anthropology
- Constructions of human and non-human personhood and the body
- Video Games
- Science fiction + Architecture
- Artificial Intelligence
- Human/non-human relations
- Imaginaries of the Future
- Speculative Fiction
- Decolonial, feminist, crip, queer and interdisciplinary methods