Avery Delany

PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths University

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, UoL in the UK and funded by the ESRC. I currently research video games, artificial intelligence, and personhood and the body with a specific focus on human/non-humans, science-fiction, and the construction of racialized, gendered, sexualized and dis/abled bodies.

I am a co-director of the London Science Fiction Research Community; member of the Beyond Gender collective; co-founder of the Decolonising Reading Group and editorial board member of Decol Anth @ Gold; and social media officer for the European Network for Queer Anthropology.

I hold a First Class BA (Hons) in History and Anthropology, and a Distinction MRes in Anthropology. My previous research has covered human-animal relations, the anthropology of health and medicine, queer history, empire, and interdisciplinary methodology.

I am regularly speak at academic conferences and “fan” conventions. I have been both a panelist and moderator at Nine Worlds, Easter Con 2019, and World Con 2019 where I have given talks on animal rights and conservation in Jurassic Park, Queer Coding in Disney, sexuality in video games, class in young adult fiction, and the rise of live-streaming, as well as moderated a variety of panels on #ownvoice fiction and marginalized representation in film. My academic papers have explored topics including gendered narratives in video games, digital research methods and ethics, and anthropologies of the future.

My research interests include:
  • Decolonizing and decentering anthropology
  • Historical and cultural constructions of personhood and the body
  • Video Games
  • Human/non-human relations
  • Anthropologies of the Future
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Decolonial, disabled, feminist, queer and interdisciplinary methods
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