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Alex Butterworth

Photograph of Alex Butterworth, TORCH

Alex Butterworth is an Associate Member of the History Faculty, a member of Wolfson College and a Visiting Fellow in Life Writing at King’s College, London. Following a first degree in English from Oxford he received his MA from the Royal College of Art in Interactive Media Design and for the last twenty years has worked as an author across a wide range of media, with a particular interest in digital approaches to narrative history.

Alex has collaborated with many cultural organisations and universities on both research and knowledge exchange projects, pioneering the use of locative media and data visualisation for the interpretation of complex cultural and historical subjects. The author of two books, Pompeii, The Living City (co-written with Professor Ray Laurence) and The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents, in 2016 he was awarded a PhD from the University of East Anglia.

His current research includes an investigation of the biographies that may be discovered through the thick mapping of historical actor networks, and the speculative design of a visual grammar for the co-construction of ‘negotiated narratives.’ He is also writing a further work of narrative history that rehearses the key principles of these digital experiments.