Dr Neal Curtis

BA (hons); MA; PhD

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Assoc Dean Postgrad Research


I am a comics scholar and critical theorist with quite wide-ranging interests. Outside of comics these include political theory, media theory and the philosophy of technology.

I have written four books: Against Autonomy, published by Ashage in 2001; War and Social Theory, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2006; Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatization of Life, published by Pluto Press in 2013; and Sovereignty and Superheroes, published by Mancheter University Press in 2016. I also edited The Pictorial Turn, published by Routledge in 2010. My new book entitled Hate in Precarious Times will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2021.

Research | Current

I am currently working on a new project reading superheroes through assemblage and actor network theory.


Teaching | Current

COMMS 204 Social Media

MEDIA 222 Comics and Visual Narrative

MEDIA 327 Comics and Visual Narrative

COMMS 700 Digital Futures


2011, AHRC Fellowship for my project of sovereingty and superheroes

Areas of expertise

  • Comics
  • Critical Theory
  • Political theory
  • Ubiquitous media
  • Media theory
  • Philosophy of technology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 5, Room 531
New Zealand

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