Richard Graham

Colleges, School and Institutes

Biography

I joined the University of Birmingham’s English Department in 2018. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter, where I also taught various modules in critical theory. During my doctoral studies, I twice sailed as a faculty member on the Semester at Sea study abroad programme, sponsored by the University of Virginia. During these voyages, I circumnavigated the globe teaching courses in Travel Writing while visiting 24 countries and leading field classes in Ghana, Japan, Mauritius, India, Poland and Barbados. These experiences have given me a passion for travel and directed my academic work towards global focus.

Research interests

My research explores the intersection of technology, language and culture in contemporary media forms within a global context. I am currently working on my first monograph, which explores historical and philosophical ways to engage with Google’s search engine. The project draws from a range of disciplines, for example Information Retrieval, Computer Science, Law, and New Media, and places the current discourse regarding search engines within a wider cultural and philosophical context. In doing so, I frame contemporary issues within digital culture as part of longer history of technological engagement: by looking to Plato, medieval mnemonic techniques, twentieth-century science of cognition and building on contemporary critical theory my research demonstrates that many of the current issues surrounding search engines are not new, while highlighting some of the aspects that make Google’s impact unique.

More broadly, my research aims to develop frameworks for attending to algorithmic cultures that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and shared research methods.

Willingness to take PhD students

Yes

PhD projects

I would be very happy to hear from prospective students working in the following areas: digital culture, critical theory, contemporary literature, new media and software studies, literary theory, digital humanities, and videogame studies.