Peter Sands

School of English

Research Student

  • BA in English and History, University of Sheffield, 2016
  • MA in English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2017
Research interests
  • Animal studies
  • Biopolitics
  • Posthumanism
  • Ecocriticism
  • Science Fiction studies

My PhD research examines the role of species in the technological imagination of the Cold War, and draws influence from animal studies, biopolitical and posthumanist theory, ecocriticism and science fiction studies.

I am interested in the ways in which narratives of enclosure, contamination and disaster serve to secure the boundaries of the human both as biopolitical sovereign and as bare, or animal, life.

I am currently investigating the intersection between Cold War dreams of connectivity and interspecies relationality, with a focus on zoonotic disease and infection. My literary sources include works by Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, and Richard Matheson.

Research group


  • Dr Fabienne Collignon
  • Dr Bob McKay
Professional activities and memberships

I am a member of the Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre

Conference papers
  • 'Weird Life After the Anthropocene in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy', at ASLE-UKI Biennial conference 'Cross, Multi, Inter, Trans'