Tom Idema

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Tom Idema received an MA in American studies from the University of Groningen, an RMA degree with honors in gender and ethnicity from the University of Utrecht, and a PhD in philosophy and science studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2010 Tom was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Duke University. During his PhD research, he was also involved with the Dutch Green party (GroenLinks), where he coordinated a working group on international politics, mainly dealing with issues in the global South. Currently, he lectures in the Department of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. Idema’s work focuses on how literary and scientific texts explore alternative approaches to (human) evolution. These narratives of evolution have repercussions for academic and societal debates around post-humanism, which tend to be dominated by a focus on how technologies transform human beings. His work has appeared in various edited volumes and journals including ; ; Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society; ; and Ecozon@. He is a board member of the Benelux Association for the Study of Culture and the Environment and the Dutch representative of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA-EU).


  • “Life Decoded: Nomad Science and State Science in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Radio.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 36, no.1 (2016): 38–48.
  • “Literature and Science.” In vol. 2 of Gender: Nature, edited by Iris van der Tuin, 135–48. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2016.
  • “Species Encounters: O. Butler Meets Haraway Meets Deleuze and Guattari.” In Narrating Life: Experiments with Human and Animal Bodies in Literature, Science, and Art, edited by Stefan Herbrechter and Cristina Lulli, 55–72. Leiden: Rodopi Brill, 2016.
  • “Toward a Minor Science Fiction: Literature, Science, and the Shock of the Biophysical.” Configurations 23, no. 2 (2015): 35–59.
  • “Thinking a Life: Nomadism as a Challenge for (Post-) Genomics.” In This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn, 239–68. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2014.
  • “Transmuting Humans: Genomics, Nomad Science, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy.” Frame 25, no. 1 (2012): 19–38.