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Spencer Jordan

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

ORCID iD 0000-0003-1315-6584.

Spencer is Director of the Literacy Support Project and the Nottingham Advantage Award 'Literacy Volunteers' module; he sits on the Management Committee for the Research Priority Area, 'Languages, Texts and Society'. He was Deputy Director for Drama & Creative Writing, and course convenor for MA Creative Writing and BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing, between 2015-17.

His first novel, Journeys in the Dead Season, was published by Macmillan in 2005.

He is a member of the editorial board of Creative Writing Studies; and a member of Literature Wales. He was the Chair of the English-language Panel for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.

Spencer completed his PhD in 1999 at the University of the West of England, Bristol, (UWE). The research entailed a detailed prosopographical analysis of Bristolian political and economic elites between 1835 and 1939 (externally supervised by Professor Sir Rick Trainor and Professor Sir David Cannadine).

Before that Dr Jordan completed his MA thesis in 1993 at the Institute of Historical Studies, University of College London, before moving to UWE as a research associate on the Bristol Historical Databases Project. In 1999 Dr Jordan gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at the University of Keele; subsequently he was employed at UWE as Senior Co-ordinator for E-Learning before moving to the Department of Humanities at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Spencer has taught creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Cardiff Metropolitan University he was Programme Director for the MA Humanities programmes; he was also the School's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpencerJordan8

Expertise Summary

Spencer's expertise includes fiction (the novel and the short story); historical and experimental writing; digital/hypertext and immersive fiction; and literary geography, particularly as it relates to the digitally-enhanced context of the smart city.

Outreach and Public Engagement

Spencer has undertaken a number of outreach activities. These have included hosting creative writing workshops in the Glamorganshire Record Office; leading psychogeographical derives across Cardiff, following the lost route of the Glamorganshire Canal; and chairing the English-language Panel for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.

In March 2017 Spencer was involved with The Writers' Conference in association with Writing East Midlands, hosted by the School of English. On 31st October 2015 Spencer led a Gothic workshop 'Cloaked in Ink' as part of Sheffield's Off the Shelf literary festival.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Modules: Creative Writing Practice; Creative Writing Craft; Advanced Writing Practice; Digital Story: Craft & Technique

Postgraduate Modules: Creative Writing: Conventions and Techniques; Letters, Literary Journals and Online Writing (with Jon McGregor)

Check out the video of the Book Sprint which took place in November 2015 - 10 students, 3 days, one book

Research Summary

My research broadly breaks down into fiction and non fiction. Within fiction, I'm currently working on my second novel.

In terms of non-fiction, I am particularly interested in the role and function of creative writing within literary geography (and within that aspects of psychogeography). I've just finished a small project entitled People's Journeys / Teithiau Pobl that looked at the interaction of creative writing, digital technology, and subjective conceptions of place and 'home'.

I'm also continuing to work on the transgressive epistemologies of digital and hypertextual fiction, building on my article, 'An Infinitude of Possible Worlds' (2014).

Recent Conference Papers

Jordan, S. (January 2017) 'Creative Facticity and "Hyper-Archaeology": the Performative Textualities of Psychogeography' at Writing Remains: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Archaeology and Literature, University of Bristol.

Jordan, S. (2016) 'From space to place: creative writing and performative memory in the smart city' at Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions, Memory and Postcolonial Studies Symposium, University of Nottingham, June 10th.

Recent Publications

I would be willing to consider PhD supervision in the following areas: fiction (novel and short story); digital and experimental texts; historical fiction; literary geography and psychogeography.

I'm supervising the following Creative Writing PhDs:

  • Oscar Delgado, 'Life in the Machine: Natural and Supernatural Visions of a Victorian Empire';
  • Emma Wisher, 'Authorial Intent versus Subjective Interpretation: The Creation (and Destruction) of Fictional Characters';
  • Amy van Kesteren, 'The Midnight Zone: A Creative Exploration and Critical Analysis of the (neo) Gothic';
  • Steve Justice, 'Maximum Occupancy: A creative and critical exploration of how literary linguistic theory can be used to assist in representing the emotional conflict caused by sudden life change and psychological distress';
  • Catherine Haines, 'The Fairie Queene and The Land of Prester John';
  • and James Aitcheson, 'Writing the Middle Ages: a re-evaluation of the fantastical in historical fiction'.

Past Research

Research Projects:

Telling stories of trauma: Dealing with PTSD through narrative £30,000 (March 2017) Internal research project led by Dr Nigel Hunt.

Sprinting to the Open FuTure (SOFT) Project, University of Nottingham (November 2015) Funded through the AHRC The Academic Book of the Future programme. A University of Nottingham collaboration between publishers, researchers and librarians. Events included the Book Sprint and 'Sprinting into the Open Future' panel discussion.

People's Journeys / Teithiau Pobl (November 2014) A community is built of stories. People's Journeys / Teithiau Pobl is a CEWN funded project, led by Dr Spencer Jordan with Dr Gareth Loudon. The project seeks to explore the intersection between storytelling and cityspace, what de Certeau terms "a space of enunciation". People's Journeys / Teithiau Pobl explores how a location-based app can open up and sustain a "space of enunciation" for a community of users, allowing them to re-engage with their own sense of "home" and "belonging".

Waterways and Walkways (July 2013) In July 2013 the Waterways and Walkways team (Dr Kate Watson, Dr Spencer Jordan and Dr Mike Reddy) led a digitally-mediated dérive across Cardiff, following the now defunct (and largely disappeared) course of the Glamorganshire Canal. It involved traversing a variety of terrains, including St David's shopping centre and Butetown, before finishing at the site of the Canal's Sea Lock, beneath the A4232 flyover. In total there were 25 participants from all walks of life, from young children to the retired. The project was nominated for the Canal and River Trust's 2014 Living Waterways awards.

Technology Enhanced Learning to Support a Welsh Centre for Workforce Development (2009)

Lead Bid Writer & Project Consultant, £177,000 (JISC).

E-Assessment in Wales (2007)

Lead Bid Writer & Project Manager, £95,000 (JISC).

The Potential of Portals in Education (2004)

Lead Bid Writer & Project Manager, £10,000 Funding (JISC).

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