Mr Matthew Beetar

Post:Research Associate (Media and Film)
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I am no longer based at the University of Sussex. My public profiles include Academia and LinkedIn.


I have recently completed my PhD at Sussex as one of the Chancellor's International Research Scholarship recipients. My research and social engagement has, to date, focused on gender, sexuality, social change and the media, with an emphasis on (South) Africa. My interdisciplinary PhD project explored intersections of prejudice, considering (un)belonging in a globalised context. I researched xenophobia and homophobia in Africa, with an overall goal of generating collabrorative suggestions for mediated intervention. My supervisors were Dr Sharif Mowlabocus and Dr Paul Boyce. The title of my theis was "Transcontinental Lives: Homophobia and Xenophobia in South Africa".

Prior to beginning my PhD research I worked as a contract lecturer for 2.5 years at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I was based in the Department of Media & Cultural Studies, and taught on and developed a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. These teaching interests include gender; sexuality; representation; social transformation; queer theory; contemporary literature (fantasy/magical realism); intercultural communication; 19th century photography; semiotics; public sphere; intersectionality; and critical theory.

During this period I completed a research Masters (Distinction) with a focus on cultural studies and representations of sexuality, youth and race. Prior to this, in 2009-2010, I was the recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship and completed an MA in Gender & Media (Distinction) at Sussex.

In 2008 I was the recipient of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, which funded my first year of postgraduate study as well as provided an intensive year of leadership development. Under the patronage of Nelson Mandela this year shaped my research interests to be centred on social engagement. I was one of the external selectors on the 2016 scholarship committee. 

I served on the Board of Directors for the African non-profit company, The Mandela Rhodes Community (2011-2015) and occasionally write for ThoughtLeader.


PhD Research Student: Media and Cultural Studies

AT: Media and Cultural Studies


2013 - 2017: PhD Media & Cultural Studies (University of Sussex)

2011 - 2012: MA (Research) English Literature & Cultural Studies (UKZN, Distinction)

2009 - 2010: MA (Taught) Gender & the Media (Sussex, Distinction)

2008 - 2009: BSocSci Hons - Cultural & Gender Studies (UKZN, Distinction)

2005 - 2007: BSocSci - Media & Cultural Studies; English Literature (UKZN, 1st)


Co-Coordinator: NGENDER, 2014 - 2015 (Graduate Research Events in Gender and Sexuality)

Board of Directors: The Mandela Rhodes Community (non-profit company), 2011 - 2015

MFM Graduate Research in Progress 2014

GRIP 2013