Thomas is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment. Prior to this, Thomas was a Departmental Lecturer (2014-16) and a Research and Teaching Fellow (2013-14) at the School.
Awarded an ESRC (1+3) studentship, Thomas completed his DPhil, Reclaiming experiment, in April 2013, supervised by Professor Derek McCormack and Professor Sarah Whatmore. Thomas also has a BA (Hons) in Geography and a MSc (Distinction) in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the School.
His current research is on the notion of ‘burnout’, a phenomenon as familiar in academic life as it is in almost every other sector of professional employment. It is at once a conversational turn of phrase used to explain a personalised structure of feeling and a mental health phenomenon commonly cited as troubling the modern world of work.
At first blush, this could be seen as a departure from Thomas’ earlier research on experimentation. However, the ubiquity of experimentation can be seen as a rush to find and celebrate the new in the contemporary condition; a faddishness that only ever seems to accelerate. In this context, it is perhaps little surprise that we find ideas of abandonment, cruel optimism, or burnout, used to describe society, and particularly its relation to work. Thomas also continues to engage with the work of Felix Guattari, known not only for his ethico-aesthetic experiments but his interventions in therapeutic practice and psychoanalysis.
Thomas lectured on 'Geographical Research' for the Final Honours School, led an option on 'Contemporary Urban Life', and ran two undergraduate field classes focusing on methods and techniques in human geography.
Thomas ran an elective, 'An introduction to social theory', for graduate students and lectures on the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance. He was also part of the doctoral training team.
Thomas has given tutorials at numerous colleges (Hertford, Jesus, Mansfield, St Catherine's, and St John's); he covers topics across human geography, for both Prelims and FHS.
Current Graduate Research Students
The contemporary warehouse studio: an extension of artist and urban landscape
- Jellis, T. and Gerlach, J. (2017) Micropolitics and the minor. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35(4): 563-567.
- Gerlach, J. and Jellis, T. (2015) A lovesick note to the impractical. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(2): 177-182.
- Gerlach, J. and Jellis, T. (2015) Guattari: Impractical philosophy. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(2): 131-148.
- Jellis, T. (2015) Spatial experiments: art, geography, pedagogy. Cultural Geographies, 22(2): 369-374.
- Jellis, T. and Gerlach, J. (2019) Fragments (Formerly Tales from the Asylum). In, Boyd, C.P. and Edwardes, C. (eds.) Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. pp. 337-350.
- Jellis, T. and Gerlach, J. (2019) Hitchhiking Guattari. In, Jellis, T., Gerlach, J. and Dewsbury, J.D. (eds.) Why Guattari? A Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology. Routledge, London. pp. 177-186.
- Jellis, T., Gerlach, J. and Dewsbury, J.D. (2019) Introduction: For better and for worse. In, Jellis, T., Gerlach, J. and Dewsbury, J.D. (eds.) Why Guattari? A Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology. Routledge, London. pp. 1-9.
- Jellis, T. (2018) Experimenting. In, Lury, C., Fensham, R., Heller-Nicholas, A., Lammes, S., Last, A., Michael, M. and Uprichard, E. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. Routledge, London. pp. 53-56.
- Jellis, T. (2015) On collaboration; or, towards collaboratories? In, Carbonell, N. (ed.) De Rebus Natura. Lecturis, Eindhoven.
- Jellis, T. (2010) Thinking the event. In, von Bismarck, J., Holliger, J., McLardy, L., Sohr, M, Urbano, A. and Williams, E. (eds.) Otto's Impossible Talks / Let's Start to Implement Small Errors. UdK Pressum, Berlin. pp. 150-156.
- Morgan, R.M., Freudiger-Bonzon, J., Nichols, K.H., Jellis, T., Dunkerley, S., Zelazowski, P. and Bull, P.A. (2009) The forensic analysis of sediments recovered from footwear. In, Ritz, K., Dawson, L. and Miller, D. (eds.) Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics. Springer, London. pp. 253-269.
- Barua, M. and Jellis, T. (2018) Vocabularies for Urban Futures: Critical Reflections..
- Abrahamsson, S., Clarke, G., Henry, D., Hung, J., Gerlach, J., Gunduz, Z., Jannides, C., Jellis, T., McCormack, D., Rubidge, S., Stones, A. and Wilford, A. (2009) How to devise ethico-aesthetic practices by moving between cartography and choreography? Inflexions, 3: Tangents, 3.
- Querrien, A. (2019) Schizoanalytic Cartographies. In, Jellis, T., Gerlach, J. and Dewsbury, JD. (eds.) Why Guattari? A Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology. London: Routledge. pp. 72-87.
- Murasawa, M. and Naduad, S. (2019) Ecosophy as an ethical mode of existence. In, Dewsbury, JD., Gerlach, J. and Jellis, T. (eds.) Why Guattari? A Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology. London: Routledge.
- Debaise, D. (2014) Possessive Subjects: A Speculative Interpretation of Nonhumans. In, Gaskill, N, and Nocek, A.J. (eds) The Lure of Whitehead. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 299-311.
- Leydet, D. (2012) Student strike and democracy: from one crisis to the other. Theory & Event, 15(3) Supplement.
- Debaise, D. (2012) What is relational thinking? Inflexions, 5: 1-11.