Frankie Hines


Dr Frankie Hines is a Lecturer in Foundation Year at Birmingham Newman University. He received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Westminster in 2021, and prior to joining Newman he taught at CU Coventry and was the 2022 Early Career Visiting Scholar in American Studies at Northumbria University. His doctoral research, funded by a full Quintin Hogg Trust Scholarship, investigated the literary production of anarchist movements in the contemporary United States and developed an anarchist approach to literary theory. He previously received his BA in American Studies and MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex.


Frankie’s research is situated at the intersection of contemporary literature, culture, and social and political theory. He is particularly interested in literary and cultural work emerging from contemporary radical movements, cultural practices of home and domesticity, and the materialities of literary production.

Other Activities

Peer-reviewed publications

Anarchist Domesticities: From DIY Culture to DIY Politics in Consent Zines,” Contemporary Women’s Writing (2024).

Against Prefiguration: An Anarchist Iconoclasm,” Anarchist Studies vol. 31, no.1 (2023), pp. 25–45.

‘A Movement that Renovates People, as Well as Buildings’: Squatting and Neodomestic Space in Seth Tobocman’s War in the Neighborhood,” Textual Practice vol. 36, no. 7 (2022), pp. 1096–1115.

Other publications

Anarchism, Literature and the Problem of Representation” (podcast episode), Anarchist Essays series, June 2022.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Logistics Revolution: The Dispossessed and the Supply Chain,” Anarchist Studies Blog, March 2022.

Review of McKenzie Wark, Philosophy for Spiders: On the Low Theory of Kathy Acker, U.S. Studies Online, February 2022.

Review of Dani Spinosa, Anarchists in the Academy: Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry, Anarchist Studies vol. 29, no. 1 (2021), pp. 122–123.

Review of David Scott, Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity, New Formations vol. 96–97 (2019), pp. 255–256.

Review of Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology, LSE Review of Books, July 2019.

Review of Nicole Seymour, Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age, LSE Review of Books, October 2018.

Invited presentations

“Beyond the Critique of Complicity: In Defence of Purity?” Anarchist Activism in Focus, Anarchist Studies Network event, April 2023.

“Literature, Logistical Capitalism, and Opposition.” University of Buckingham, February 2023.

“Literature and/as Direct Action: Reading Contemporary U.S. Anarchism.” Northumbria University, April 2022.

“Toward an Anarchist Literary Instrumentalism.” University of Westminster, November 2020.

Conference presentations

“‘Everything Is Always Beginning’: Contemporary Anarchist Science Fiction and Overdetermined Apocalypse.” 7th Anarchist Studies Network Conference (online), August 2022.

“Three Orientations for Literature and Logistics.” London Conference in Critical Thought, Birkbeck, University of London, July 2022.

“‘The Chapters Huck Finn Never Had’: Mobility and Belonging in Women’s Countercultural Travelogues.” British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Symposium (online), December 2021.

“Against Prefiguration: An Anarchist Iconoclasm.” Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, University of Manchester (online), June 2021.

“Gender Violence, Power and DIY Resistance in American Anarcha-Feminist Zines.” European Association for American Studies Women’s Network Symposium, University of Warsaw (online), April 2021.

“Toward an Anarchist Literary Instrumentalism.” 6th Anarchist Studies Network Conference, University of Nottingham (online), September 2020.

“The Literature of Counterlogistics: The Olympia Commune and Anarchist Textual Performativity.” British Association for American Studies, 64th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, April 2019.

“Texts as Weapons: Notes Toward an Anarchist Literary Theory.” Hyphen: An Exposition Between Art and Research, University of Westminster, March 2019.

“‘A Movement that Renovates People, as Well as Buildings’: Neodomestic Space in Narratives of the Lower East Side Squatters’ Movement.” Radical Cities, Radical Narratives, University of London, October 2017.

Panels and streams organised

Low Theory/Radical Praxis stream, London Conference in Critical Thought, University of Greenwich, July 2024 (forthcoming).

Anarchist Cultures stream, three panels, 6th Anarchist Studies Network Conference, University of Nottingham (online), September 2020.

“Performing Radical Thought in America Since 1968.” British Association for American Studies, 64th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, April 2019.