Dr Peter Ely


Peter Ely is a postdoctoral researcher at Kingston University in London. His research works at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and literature to examine the political potential of ‘community' in contemporary British society. He is co-editor of Community in Contemporary British Fiction out with Bloomsbury in September 2022. 

Academic responsibilities

Research Assistant


  • PhD Kingston University
  • MA Nottingham University
  • BA Nottingham University

Teaching and learning

English Literature MA : Trauma and Justice, Module Convener. 

Humanities Foundation: Humanities in Action and Being Human 



(2023) I am converting my thesis into a book entitled Contemporary British Literature and the Politics of Community for Bloomsbury for publication in 2023.

(2022) I am co-editing a collection with Sara Upstone entitled Community in Contemporary Fiction for publication with Bloomsbury for publication in 2022. I co-wrote the introduction to the collection as well as writing a chapter entitled "Beyond the Multicultural: Queer Community in Jackie Kay's Trumpet". ISBN, 9781350244023.

(2022) My chapter "Subjectivity at its Limits: Fugitive Community in Kunzru's Short Stories" will come out in Hari Kunzru: Critical Perspectives ed. Sara Upstone and Kristian Shaw with Manchester University Press in 2022


(2019) My article "Queer Kinship in the work of Jackie Kay" was published in the August/September (2019) edition of the online peer-reviewed journal Alluvium. ISSN 2050-1560

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Philosophies of Community
  • Critical Theory
  • Bid Writing