Dr Williams' research interests include literature and culture of the pre-1945 period; special emphasis on H.G. Wells and James Joyce; and interdisciplinary interests, especially in writing and cinematicity, documentary and reportage.
He is currently supervising an AHRC-funded doctoral research project on 'The Gendering of the Visual: Katherine Mansfield and Visual Culture'.
Dr Williams is Chair of the Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG) which researches aspects of the relationship between verbal and visual representation and holds its annual conferences in early summer. He is also a member of the Executive Board of IAWIS/AIERTI and of the editorial board of the Wellsian: the Journal of the H.G. Wells Society.
SWIG hosted the major international conference, ‘Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image’, the 10th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Word and Image Studies / Association Internationale pour Étude des Rapports entre Texte et Image (IAWIS/AIERTI) at the University of Dundee (11-15 August 2014). See: http://www.scottishwordimage.org/conferences/iawis2014/index.htm
2015’s conference (SWIG’s 22nd) will be on ‘Afterlives: Reviving and Remediating in Word and Image’.
He is currently researching for another monograph: James Joyce and Cinematicity.