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Dr Rachel Tavernor

Post:Associate Tutor (Cultural Studies)
Other posts:Research Associate in Media and Cultural Studies (Media and Film)
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Editorial Board member of REFRAME, an academic digital publishing platform.

Member of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies. 

Founding editor of Archiving Activism, a project website with the British Library, launched May 2018.


Previous Roles

Doctoral Researcher in Media and Cultural Studies, AHRC funded, September 2012 - November 2017

PhD Archiving Activism Placement Researcher, British Library, September 2016 - December 2016.

Visiting PhD Researcher, Södertörn University, April 2016 - May 2016.

Chair of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, July 2013 - July 2014.

CHASE Digital Scholar, January 2013 - July 2013.

Founding Editor of RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM, an interdisciplinary, multimedia website, November 2012 - July 2014.



Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture, co-edited wth Michael Lawrence (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2019)

Tavernor, Rachel M (2017) Communicating solidarity: the cultural politics and practices of humanitarian NGO campaigns.Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.



2012 - 2017: PhD in Media and Cultural Studies, Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Sussex. 

2015: Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Merit.

2011-2012: MA in Digital Documentary, Merit, University of Sussex.

2008-2011: BA (Hons) in Media Practice and Theory, First Class, University of Sussex.



Co-organiser of Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture, February 2015

Co-organiser of the MeCCSA PGN 2014 Conference, Global Interdependence, June 2014

Co-organiser of the MFM PhD Seminars, Research-in-Progress Seminar Series, September 2013 - 2014

Oragniser of the Challenges and Changes in Academic Publishing Workshop and Roundtable, March 2014

Co-organiser of the SCCS 2013 Workshop, Queer, Feminist and Social Media Praxis, November 2012 - May 2013

Postgraduate Degree Show Coordinator, Stories and Spaces, May 2012 - September 2012

Undergraduate Degree Show Coordinator, Media Matters, September 2010 - June 2011


Guest Talks

Archiving Rebellion: Housing Activism in the British Library Collections and Beyond, British Library, November 2016

Communicating Solidarity: The Visual Politics and Practices of Humanitarian Anti-Poverty ActivismSödertörn University, May 2016


Conference Papers

2016 The Ethics of Practicing Solidarity in an Era of Liquid Humanitarianism, TRAIN 2016, University of Lund, April 2016, paper presented.

2016 Transient Compassion in an Era of Liquid Humanitarianism, Participatory Cultures, Institutions, Methods, Aarhus University, April 2016, paper presented.

2015 Humouring Hunger: The Commodification of Global Poverty, Nordic Conference on Development Research: A Changing Global Development Agenda?, Gothenburg University, November 2015, paper presented.

2014 Transient Compassion: How British Publics Engage with Humanitarian Communication, Crossroads 2014 Conference, University of Tampere, July 2014, paper and panel chaired.

2014 Humouring Global Poverty: How Facebook Determines Visual Representations of Humanitarianism, Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory, University of Leeds, July 2014, paper presented.

2014 A Human Rights Approach to Humanitarian Communication, Humanities in Human Rights Showcase, Charles Darwin House, June 2014, paper and video presented.

2014 'Liking' Extreme Hunger: How Facebook Changed NGOs Communication of Global Poverty, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Bournemouth University, January 2014, paper presented and panel chaired.

2013 Communicating Humanitarianism: NGOs, Activism and Public Participation, Development Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, November 2013, paper presented.

2013 Communicating Rights in NGO Campaigns, Humanities in Human Rights, University of East Anglia, October 2013, work presented.

2013 Mediating Humanitarianism: NGOs, Public Engagement and Compassion, MeCCSA PGN Conference, University of East Anglia, July 2013, paper presented.

2013 Transient Compassion: Humanitarian Visuals, NGO Activism and Public Engagement, Media, Film and Music Doctoral Research Day, University of Sussex, June 2013, paper presented. 


Workshops and Symposia

2016 CHASE Encounters Conference, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, November 2016, workshop delivered.

2014 Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory, University of Leeds, July 2014, paper presented and workshop delivered.

2013 NW/THN: Documenting, Publishing, Disseminating Objects and Experiences, June 2013, workshop delivered.

2012 Capitalism, Democracy and Celebrity Advocacy, Manchester University, June 2012, invited participant.


Short Documentaries and Films

Tavernor, R. (2012) Stitched Stories: A tale of Subversive Stitchers, Director and Producer

Tavernor, R. (2012) Craftivist Collective and Oxfam's GROW campaign, Filmmaker

Tavernor, R. (2012) Love Skate Relationship, Co-Director and Producer


Community and Public Engagement

Tavernor, R. (2017) Women's Marches Echo Suffragette Struggles: Campaigns, Cats and Collections, British Library Blog

Principal Organiser, Rebels in the Archives, British Library, International Women's Day 2017 Event