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Dr Ian Farnell

Ian F
IAS/IATL Early Career Teaching Fellow

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About Me

Ian is an Early Career Teaching Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. He completed his PhD in 2021, having been funded by the Wolfson Foundation. He was awarded an MPhil upon completion of his MA by Research at Warwick in 2017.

Ian is a tutor on the core undergraduate programme. He has repeatedly been nominated for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence, finishing as a runner-up in 2021 and winning in 2022.

Research interests

Ian’s research examines contemporary British theatre and science fiction. Drawing on the works of Alistair McDowall, Anne Washburn, Jennifer Haley, Caryl Churchill, Tajinder Singh Hayer, Unlimited Theatre, Ella Road, and Thomas Eccleshare (amongst others), his work examines how science fiction narratives, themes and images have emerged as a new dramatic strategy for staging and intervening upon twenty-first century political discourse.


Undergraduate modules 2022/23

Theatre and Performance in Context (module convenor)

Practice-based Research Project (supervisor)

Previous teaching

Contemporary Performance Practices (2019-2022)

Practice-based Research Project (2021)

Theatre and Social Abjection (2021)

Theatre and Nation (2019)


Journal articles

2021: 'Theatre, Science Fiction, and Care Robots: Embodying Contemporary Experiences of Care'. Theatre Journal 73 (3): pp.373-389

2020: ‘Science, Science Fiction, and Nick Payne’s Elegy: A Conceptual Third Way’. Studies in Theatre and Performance 40 (2): pp. 206-223. DOI:

2019: ‘Science Fiction and the Theatre of Alistair McDowall’. Contemporary Theatre Review 29 (2): 121-137. DOI:

2019: ‘In space, no one can hear you say you didn’t “get” it: theatre, science fiction, and genre snobbery’. Contemporary Theatre Review Interventions July 2019.

2017: ‘Utopian dreams, dystopian realities in Lucy Kirkwood and Anne Washburn’. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 46 (128): 38-47

Book chapters

2019: ‘Alistair McDowall’s X: Science Fiction Theatre’. Sci-Fi: A Companion, ed. Jack Fennell. 2019. Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing


2021: 'Things are Heating Up: Reflections on Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change, the 20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe'. Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal 8 (2): 1-7. DOI:

2019: ‘A manual for near-future parenting: Thomas Eccleshare’s Instructions for Correct Assembly’. Fantastika 3 (1): 149-152

2017: Mars: After the Crisis review’. Fantastika Journal 1 (2): 177-179


2022: Winner - Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (postgraduates who teach)

2022: Early Career Teaching Fellowship, Instituted of Advanced Teaching and Learning

2022: Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study

2021: Finalist - Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (postgraduates who teach)

2020: Associate Fellowship, Advance HE

2018: Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities

Office hours

By appointment