For several years I’ve been an invited academic at the inter-disciplinary, multi-genre science fiction and fantasy convention Nine Worlds, commencing in 2015 as their free will expert. In 2016 I ran four panels, covering feminism and Netflix’s Jessica Jones; Dragon Age; time travel in film; and what academics can learn from video games. In 2017 I was asked back to talk about Dumbledore and morality; Dollhouse and consciousness; Final Fantasy and philosophy; Westworld; and to give the sequel to ‘Time Travel in Film’ in the convention’s largest auditorium, to an audience of approximately 200 people (you can find out more about each of these below).

In 2016/2017, Cardiff philosopher Liz Irvine and I launched an engagement project called ‘RPG: Relating Philosophy and Gaming’, with a series of public-facing events exploring the links between philosophy and video games, drawing on our own research and experts from both academia and the video game industry. These included a collaborative event with BAFTA and narrative developers Tailspinners, and a fireside chat with games journalist Jordan Erica Webber.

I’ve also had the privilege of appearing on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, and the Daily Dot’s Parsec Podcast.

Finally, I’m the founding editor of the Epicurean Cure, which explores the intersection of academia and pop culture. Not only does this provide a platform to engage with the public, but also to work with authors, developers, and other creators, shaping new narratives and affecting professional practice.

If you’d like to get involved with the Epicurean Cure, or speak at/host an RPG event, do get in touch. If you’d like me to speak at your event, or otherwise work with me, please drop me an email.