Nathaniel Zetter, Peterhouse
Supervisor: Prof S Connor
Conceptual Exchanges Between Sport and War
My doctoral research tracks the conceptual exchanges between sport and war in literary texts and in cultural discourse, with a particular focus on the contemporary period. I look at a wide range of sources, including the novels of Georges Perec, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace, as well as visual art, film, advertising and public events, such as the pageantry of the Super Bowl.
I studied for my B.A. and M.A. at King’s College London, where I was supervised by Seb Franklin and Paul Gilroy. My Masters dissertation examined the relationship between information work, video games and Gilles Deleuze’s concept of ‘control societies’. While at King’s, I also completed the Associateship of King’s College award in theology and the history of religion, with a specific focus on the ‘postmodern theology’ movement in Christian thought.
My other research interests include: cultural and media theory; theology, faith and literature; fantasy fiction and global capitalism; cybernetics and computation; contemporary war writing; the history and aesthetics of the graphic novel; and the politics of digital media.
'Perception and Periodization: Video Game Perspective as Symbolic Form', Studies in Control Societies 1.1 (Spring 2016).
'Gaming at Work', a paper presented at Art/Money/Crisis (CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 30 April 2016).
'Imagining the Edge of the World', a paper presented at Beyond B/Orders (King's College London, 1 June 2015).