Steven Connor

Steven Connor is the Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Grace 2 Professor of English, and Fellow of Peterhouse, at the University of Cambridge. He was Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London and, from 2003 to 2012, Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies, a collaboration between Birkbeck and cultural institutions in the capital, including Tate, the British Film Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Architectural Association and the Science Museum. He is a writer, critic and broadcaster, who has published 23 books and edited collections, on a wide range of topics, including Dickens, Beckett, Joyce, value, ventriloquism, skin, flies and the imagination of air.

His most recent books are Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (London: Reaktion, 2014), Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (London: Reaktion/Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2016) and Dream Machines (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017). His book The Madness of Knowledge: On Wisdom, Ignorance and Fantasies of Knowing will appear from Reaktion in early 2019. He has recently completed a book called Manners: Civility, Standing Aside and the Power of Limit.