Kirk Sides

Spring 2021

University of Bristol, UK

Assistant Professor in World Literatures

Kirk Sides is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in World Literatures at the University of Bristol, UK. After receiving his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA, Kirk was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand’s Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also a member of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, and has published articles in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Safundi: Journal of South African and American Studies, and others.A specialist in African environmental literatures and humanities, his current book manuscript, African Anthropocene: The Ecological Imaginary in African Literatures, explores the relationship between environmental thinking and anti-colonial politics in African literary and cultural production across the twentieth century. Kirk teaches courses on literatures of decolonization, as well as postcolonial ecocriticism, and is currently the Director of a university-wide course on “City Futures: Migration, Citizenship and Planetary Change” for the University’s “Bristol Futures” program. He also co-runs, with poet Tjawangwa Dema, a series of workshops called “Anthropocene Storytelling”, which employ speculative fiction and poetry as pedagogical and creative methods for thinking about planetary change. In early 2021, Kirk will be in residence as a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society in Munich.