Ms Katherine Parker-Hay

Post:Doctoral Tutor (English)
Other posts:Research student (English)
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My research is on the lifecycles of social justice movements. It asks what makes theory and activism feel animated at some moments and less available for uptake at others. My current project focuses on queer theory in particular: its so called "death" in the first decade of the twenty-first century and the work that has been produced in the field since. It does this by working with texts that stand in odd relationship to founding works, such interviews, prefaces to new editions, auto-theory and comic serials. I work on the 'minor' works of Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, Michel Foucault and Jack Halberstam; the genre-bending work of Maggie Nelson and comic strips by Alison Bechdel.   

The project is under the joint supervision of Dr Natalia Cecire and Dr Sara Crangle. 

I hold an Mst in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in English from Goldsmiths University of London. I am the Reviews Editor of postgraduate journal Excursions and co-run the Postgraduate Feminist Reading Group at Senate House. I have worked in libraries and professional proofreading/copyeiting.   




Doctoral Researcher 


Current       PhD English (CHASE/AHRC funded), University of Sussex

2015           MSt Women's Studies, University of Oxford

2013           BA English, Goldsmiths University of London





Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Reading a Woolfian Sexuality in the Poetry of Marianne Moore”. 2013. Virginia Woolf Miscellany. Issue 84: 19-22.


Other Publications

“Our Little Sister: Making Enough Room for the Half-Sister”. 2016. BitchFlicks.

“Patty Jenkin’s Monster: Shouldering The Double Burden of Masculinity and Femininity”. 2015. BitchFlicks. 


Conference Presentations

“A Walk Through the Bechdel Test”, University of London on Radical Walking: protest, dissent and crossing urban boundaries, 2017 (forthcoming). 

“Everyday Lesbians: Alison Bechdel’s ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’ and the Now Obscure Pleasures of the Lesbian Feminist”, Liverpool John Moores University Conference on Women Writing Pleasure, 2015. 

“Landscapes of Heartbreak: Geographies of Loss in Anne Carson’s The Glass Essay and Marina Abramovic’s Great Wall Walk”, DeMontfort University Leicester Conference on Illusions in Contemporary Women's Writing: Secrets, Lies and Deceptions, 2015. 

“Apt Analogy and Happy Metaphor: Comparison in the Feminist Essay”, University of Hull Conference on Gendering Happiness, 2014. 


Research Activities

  • Reviews Editor for online peer-reviewed journal Excursions

  • Co-organise Postgraduate Feminist Reading Group, University of London

  • ď‚·Designed and taught seminars on ‘Course Expectations’  for first year English students, Goldsmiths College University of London

  • Previous book reviewer for  ‘Feminist Library Newsletter’