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Dr George Legg

George Legg-340-croppedLecturer in Liberal Arts and London 

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 6218
Email george.legg@kcl.ac.uk
Address Liberal Arts Department
VB4.18, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

 

 

Biography

George received a first class BA degree in English Literature and Language from King’s College London. He then undertook an MPhil in Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, in which he gained a distinction. He then returned to King’s College London to complete a PhD in the Department of English. Before joining the Liberal Arts Department George taught and lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in King’s English Department. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • The aesthetics and politics of capitalism, particularly as it relates to violence
  • London’s post-1945 cultural history
  • 20th Century Irish literature, culture and politics 

George’s interdisciplinary research explores the conjoined cultural, spatial, national and political aesthetics of contemporary capitalism. This interest is reflected in his recent article on the New Town of Craigavon for the Irish Review, as well as in that journal’s special issue Biopolitical Ireland (No. 53, Autumn 2016), which he co-edited with Dr. Niamh Campbell.

George’s first monograph, Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom: conflict, capital and culture (Manchester University Press, 2018), examines the capitalist critiques that underpin representations of sectarian conflict in poetry, photography, literature, oral-history and punk. He is now beginning a new project on the cultural significance of political violence and global capitalism in London.

Selected publications
  • Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom: conflict, capital and culture (Manchester University Press, 2018).
  • ‘Security Experiments: London, Belfast and the Ring of Steel’ in  Divided Society: Northern Ireland 1990-1998 (Linen Hall Library, 2018)
  • ‘Biopolitical Ireland: Text, Culture, Theory’ in Niamh Campbell and George Legg (eds.) Biopolitical Ireland, special issue, The Irish Review (No. 53, Autumn 2016).
  • ‘Contradictory Capitalism, Geographical Inertia and the New City of Craigavon’, The Irish Review, (No. 52, Summer 2016).
  • ‘Horizontally Linked Reading in an English Literature Seminar’, Higher Education Research Network-Journal, 8 (2014).

For a complete and updated list of publications, please see my full research profile

Teaching

George teaches an interdisciplinary mix of subjects, with a focus on the language and aesthetics of capitalism and the politics and philosophies of violence, particularly in the context of London.

Expertise and public engagement

George has written for the Irish Times and Belfast’s monthly newspaper The Vacuum.

In 2016 he was involved in two public engagement projects relating to the 1996 Manchester and London Docklands IRA Bombs.

‘Remembering the Manchester IRA bomb 20 years on’ was co-organised with Dr. Caroline Magennis and funded by the AHRC and British Academy.

‘Not a Split Second: Remembering the Docklands bomb’ was co-curated with artist Lucy Harrison and funded by King’s Culture Institute, the Arts Council England and ECOLAS, The video that formed part of their exhibition can be found here.

These projects form part of an ongoing public engagement activity around the IRA’s ‘economic war’. 

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