Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


Dr Kay Aranda


Principal Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brightonkay aranda

My research interests are in health and social inequalities and specifically the use of feminist political theory to explore questions of equality and difference, culture and diversity and recognition and discrimination. I have a working background in women’s health and community development in the voluntary sector and in the NHS, in primary care and community nursing. I have more recently conducted research on community health, resilience and strength or asset-based approaches to health and well-being, using a communities of practice approach for knowledge exchange, and have advised on qualitative research and have worked with INVOLVE, having led the public and patient involvement work for the Research Design Service in the South East. Other projects I have led or been involved with have made use of qualitative, participatory and creative methods for understanding difference, disability and discrimination and values based practice. I am now currently involved in a project exploring women’s sexual health and well-being. I am presently co-editing a book on the use of critical and queer theory in healthcare, with a specific interest in the use of queer theory with feminism to explore understandings of embodiment in healthcare.

Aranda, K. The Body queered in health and healthcare: using feminism and queer theory. Forthcoming Dec 2013.

Aranda, K. De Goeas, S. Radcliffe, M. Davies, S. & Christoforou, A. 2012 Let’s go outside. Using photography to explore values and culture. Transcultural Nursing. 

Hart, A. , Davies , C.  Aumann , K. Wenger , E. Aranda , K. Heaver,B.  &  Wolff, D. 2013 Mobilising knowledge in community-university partnerships: what does a community of practice approach contribute?,  Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, DOI:10.1080/21582041.2013.767470 To link to this article:

Grant, A. Tym, K.  Hatfield, D. Aranda, K. 2012 How are you feeling? A community poetry project for stroke survivors in Sussex. International Practice Development Journal.(2)[5] 1-19.

Aranda, K. McGreevy, D. 2012 Embodied empathy in action: overweight nurses’ experiences of their interactions with overweight patients. Nursing Inquiry, Available online December 2012.

Aranda, K. Zeeman, L. Scholes, J.  &  Santa Maria - Morales, A.  2012 The resilient subject: exploring identity, subjectivity and the body in narratives of resilience. Health. Interdisciplinary journal in health, illness and society. 16: 548-563.

Aranda, K .& Jones, A.  2010 Dignity in care: claiming recognition. Nursing Inquiry.17 (3) 248-256.

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Ms Claire Bennett

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Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton

Claire has recently submitted her PhD thesis on ‘Sexuality and the Asylum Process: The Perspectives of Lesbians Seeking Asylum in the UK’. This study explored how lesbian women who had all experienced physical and sexual violence because of their sexuality navigated the UK asylum process and how this impacted upon their lives. Her research interests include: refugee and asylum issues, rape narratives and narratives of trauma, qualitative research and emotionality.

Before her PhD, Claire worked in the voluntary sector for over 11 years specialising in work on violence against women and children. She spent seven years working in international development including on projects with street children and child sex workers (Ethiopia) and has experience in emergency refugee camps (Pakistan/Afghanistan border) and repatriation camps (Cambodia).  Immediately prior to her PhD, Claire was a researcher for a UK NGO working with women asylum seekers who had experienced gender based persecution.

Bennett and Thomas (2013) ‘Seeking Asylum in the UK: Lesbian Perspectives’, Forced Migration Review, Issue 42 (forthcoming)

Bennett (2009) ‘Relocation, Relocation: The Impact of Internal Relocation on Women Asylum Seekers’, Asylum Aid

Professor Kath Brownekathe browne


Professor of Geography, University of Maynooth, Republic of Ireland

Kath Browne is a Professor of Geographies of Sexualities and Genders. Her research interests lie in sexualities, genders and spatialities, where she seeks to use research to make a difference to people's lives.   

She received an European Research Council Consolidator award in 2019 and was the lead researcher on the ‘Making Lives Liveable: Rethinking Social Exclusion’ research project.  Kath has worked on LGBT equalities, lesbian geographies, gender transgressions and women’s spaces. She works with Catherine Nash and Andrew Gorman Murray on understanding transnational resistances to LGBT equalities, developing the conceptualisation of heteroactivism. 

She has authored over 100 publications including journal articles and she co-wrote with Leela Bakshi Ordinary in Brighton: LGBT, activisms and the City (Ashgate, 2013), and Queer Spiritual Spaces with Sally Munt and Andrew Yip (Ashgate, 2010), and co-edited The Routledge Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities with Gavin Brown (Routledge, 2016) and Lesbian Geographies with Eduarda Ferreira  (Routledge, 2015). 

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Dr Munira Cheema

My research is at the intersection of media and politics. My work focuses on the concepts of the public sphere (broadcast/digital), counter publics (gendered, Muslim) and citizenship within the context of competing pressures of economic liberalisation and religious conservatism in Pakistani (also Muslim/Post-colonial) mediated contexts. This research focus is drawn from ethnographic field work and both audience and production interviews in Pakistan. This focus on Pakistani TV culture also informs UK and US debates in feminist media studies, critical race and postcolonial studies. It speaks to the specifics of Pakistan and other South Asian media cultures and engages transnational issues of race and gender in the global diaspora and Western democracies.

My postdoctoral project explores the participation of female politicians in the mediated public sphere and how it speaks to gender-based issues in post-colonial context. I evaluate the limitations to debate and deliberation on current affairs-based talk shows in Pakistani TV Culture and how online public sphere allows politicians to engage with gendered issues. I am also closely studying the rise of social media as an alternative public sphere in Pakistani context.


Cheema, Munira (2018) Women and TV culture in Pakistan: gender, Islam and national identity. Library of South Asian History and Culture . I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London. ISBN 9781788311779


Cheema, Munira (2018) Talk shows in Pakistan TV culture: engaging women as cultural citizens. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics,, 2 (1). 8 1-12. ISSN 2542-4920

Book Section

Cheema, Munira (2016) Producing domestic abuse in Pakistani television: between commerce, ratings and social responsibility. In: Moseley, Rachel, Wheatley, Helen and Wood, Helen (eds.) Television for women: new directions. Routledge, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9781138914292

Cheema, Munira (2014) Understanding the gender dynamics of current affairs talk shows in the Pakistani television industry. In: Raicheva-Stover, Maria and Ibroscheva, Elza (eds.) Women in politics and media: perspectives from nations in transition. Bloomsbury, London and New York. ISBN 9781628921069

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Professor Simon Coleman

Professor of Anthropology, Sussex

Current interests include the globalisation of evangelical Christianity; diasporas and religion; pilgrimage and tourism; the materiality and aesthetics of religious expression; the politics of space and architecture in medical contexts. The UK, the US, Sweden, Nigeria. Simon is interested in supervising doctoral students re: the links between cultural studies and religion; aesthetics and material culture; travel and other forms of mobility.
Publications include:
2008 (forthcoming) Multi-Sited Ethnography: Problems and Possibilities in the Translocation of Research Methods (ed. with P. von Hellerman) London: Routledge
2007 (reprint, paperback) The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity: Spreading the Gospel of Prosperity Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (originally 2000)
NHS Hospital Chaplaincies in a Multi-Faith Society: The Spatial Dimension of Religion and Spirituality in Hospital (with Peter Collins, Jane Macnaughton and Tessa Pollard) NHS Estates
(in press) The Discipline of Leisure: Embodying Cultures of Recreation (ed. with T. Kohn) Oxford: Berghahn (forthcoming) "Displacing the Centre" (Special Issue ed. with V. Bajc and J. Eade) Mobilities

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Dr Nevena Curcic

Researcher in Cultural Studies

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Dr Sue Currell

Reader in American Literature, Sussex
Chair of the British Association for American Studies (2013-16)

American Culture in the 1920s. Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
The March of Spare Time: The Problem and Promise of Leisure in The Great Depression. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. (Choice Outstanding Academic Title award January 2006).
The March of Spare Time, paperback edition, 2010.
Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s. Co-edited with Christina Cogdell, University of Ohio Press, 2006.

Selected Essays:

“Wall Street Lays an Egg: Financial Drama and the 1933 Banking Collapse in Archibald MacLeish’s Panic: A Drama of Industrial Crisis.” Modern Drama, 56.3 (September, 2013).

'Breeding Better Babies in the Eugenic Garden City: "Municipal Darwinism" and the (Anti)Cosmopolitan Utopia in the early Twentieth Century.' Modernist Cultures (forthcoming in 2011).

'The Tyranny of Words in the Economy of Abundance: Modernism, Language and Politics in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men' in New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans: Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, edited by Caroline Blinder (Palgrave MacMillan: August 2010).

'The New Deal for Leisure: Federal Recreation Programs During the Great Depression' in ed. Pierre Lagayette, Loisir et Liberté en Amérique du Nord. Presses Paris Sorbonne, 2008.

'Streamlining the Eye: Speed Reading and The Revolution of Words, 1870-1940' in Residual Media edited by Charles Acland, University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

'Depression and Recovery: Self-Help and America in the Great Depression,' in eds. David Bell and Joanne Hollows, Historicizing Lifestyle, Ashgate, 2006.

'Eugenic Decline and Recovery in Thirties Self-Help Literature,' in Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s., ed. Currell and Cogdell, University of Ohio Press, 2006.

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Wilma de Jong

Lecturer in Media and Film Studies, Sussex

Wilma owned an independent film company for 13 years and has worked as a researcher, scriptwriter/editor, director and producer of documentaries, drama, commercials, training and films for broadcasting,corporate industry and NGOs.The film 'Man beats wife' won several prizes including Gold at the New York Festival. Her research interests are: media and (international) pressure groups, independent film production, documentary theory and practice, factual television and news production and documentary production in the developing world. Currently she is researching the use of archive footage and new narrative structures in documentary filmmaking. She has given a master class on archive usage and documentaries on the internet and is available as script editor and mentor for documentary filmmakers and workshops on documentary filmmaking.

Selected publications

2007 On Developing Deep Water in Scope, Submitted 2006 From 'doing 'to 'knowing 'what you are doing' in Journal of Media Practice Volume 7 pp. 151-159

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Dr Elizabeth Dinnie

Is currently a qualitative researcher at the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen, working with the themes of society, institutions and governance in the Socio-economic research group. My work explores ideas around community empowerment, the environment and human health, access and recreation and hunting.

I am interested in issues of power and authority, individualism and community, social change and social justice, particularly relating to climate change. At Sussex I worked on the Queer Spiritual Spaces project; my case study was the Findhorn spiritual community, which was also the focus of my PhD research. Our findings are discussed in the book chapter and two further articles from this project are currently under review.

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Dr John Drury

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, Sussex

The core of my research interests is the study of crowd psychology. Collective events are a locus of both psychological determination and transformation. I have carried out research on processes of crowd conflict and change in relation to anti-poll tax protests, anti-roads direct actions and football crowds. Some of my recent research has examined how participants might feel empowered through crowd experiences, and how such positive emotional feelings might affect other areas of their lives.

For the last six years I have been working on the psychology of mass emergencies and resilience. Early models suggested that irrational panic was a generic reaction to collective threat. However, in the literature there are numerous examples of co-operation and even helping behaviours amongst crowd participants escaping from danger. My research sought to examine the extent to which a shared social identity might encourage such co-operative behaviours, and hence more wellbeing.

While I use the standard techniques of social psychology, such as the lab experiment and the questionnaire survey, much of my research has been ethnographic, since this approach allows us to trace interactive and historical aspects of intergroup relations. Further, since power is partly sustained through systems of meaning, I also use critical discourse analysis as a way of understanding, exposing and subverting domination, and thereby creating the space for 'liberatory' discourses. An example of this is the way that crowds - particularly working class crowds, protest crowds and mass emergency crowds - are routinely pathologized and/or criminalized; such constructions have important implications for policy and practice. In my research, I have sought to problematize such accounts and hence suggest a language for the crowd that recognizes and indeed celebrates its positive role in the social world.

Selected publications

Williams, R., Drury, J. (2010). The nature of psychosocial resilience and its significance for managing mass emergencies, disasters and terrorism. In A. Awotona (Ed.), Rebuilding sustainable communities for children and their families after disasters: A global survey (pp. 121-148). Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Drury, J. (2010). Adolescent-adult communication: Identity dynamics in intergroup interaction. In H. Giles, S. Reid, J. Harwood (Eds.), The dynamics of intergroup communication. New York: Peter Lang.

Drury, J. Winter, G. (2004). Social identity as a source of strength in mass emergencies and other crowd events. International Journal of Mental Health, 32, 77-93.

Drury, J., Reicher, S. Stott, C. (2003) Transforming the boundaries of collective identity: From the local anti-road campaign to global resistance? Social Movement Studies, 2, 191-212.

Drury, J. Reicher, S. (2000). Collective action and psychological change: The emergence of new social identities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 579-604.

Barr, D., Drury, J. (2009). Activist identity as a motivational resource: Dynamics of (dis)empowerment at the G8 direct actions, Gleneagles, 2005. Social Movement Studies, 8, 243-260. DOI: 10.1080/14742830903024333

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Ms Melanie Friend 

Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies, Sussex

During the 1990s Friend's work in Kosovo focused on the repression of Kosovo Albanians under the Milosevic regime, and she later explored the complexities of the aftermath of the Kosovo conflict in her book 'No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo' (Midnight Editions, USA, 2001). From 2003-2007 she worked towards an exhibition 'Border Country', documenting immigration detainees through sound and image. The solo exhibition opened at Belfast Exposed Photography, Northern Ireland in 2007 and toured to three further UK galleries. It opens at Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada on 14 September 2010. 'Border Country' was also selected as one of the ten best works submitted for the European Central Bank Annual Photography Award 2008 'Europe' competition and is part of the award's touring show in Germany. Friend's book 'Border Country' (including audio CD) was published in November 2007 and was featured in Guardian Society (online) in 2008.

Friend, Melanie (2013) The home front book. Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport. (In Press)

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Professor Ben Highmore

Professor of Cultural Studies, Sussex

My research is broadly concerned with the culture of everyday life. I am interested in investigating what is extraordinary in ordinary life (for instance habit) and in looking at the ordinariness of what might be thought of as extra-ordinary or exotic or esoteric or elite. My particular interests at the moment congregate around cultural feelings, domestic life and post-war British art, architecture and design. At the moment I am finishing a book that I have been working on for a number of years: an account of 'New Brutalism' in British art in the 1950s (provisionally titled Out of Ruins: the Visual Culture of Brutalism in 1950s Britain). I am about to start a Leverhulme major research fellowship on 'Habitat and the Making of Taste 1964-2011' which will last from September 2014-August 2017. I have also been working on ideas around national mood and cultural feeling which will result in a non-academic book (which perhaps will be called Keep Your Chin Up) and an academic book called Cultural Feelings: Mood, Media, and Cultural Politics.

Research materials can be found here:

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Dr Gerry Holloway

Senior Lecturer Life Histories and Women's Studies , Centre for Continuing Education, Sussex

I am a feminist historian specialising in 19th and 20th century British women's history. In the past my work has focused mainly women's organisations including suffrage, trade union movement and other aspects of working-class women's lives in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the moment I am focussing on women's experience of work and society's attitudes towards women working since the Second World War, particularly focussing on the impact of technology and equal opportunities legislation, using a life history approach.

Published work includes Women's Work in Britain since 1840 [Routledge, 2005] which offered for the first time a chronological overview of the debates round women's work and charted the progress or otherwise of the feminist endeavour to obtain equal opportunities for women in the workplace in Britain. Earlier work on the women's movement includes an appraisal of the working-class activist Ada Nield Chew 'Ada Nield Chew: An Uncomfortable Feminist' in Eileen Janes Yeo [ed.] Mary Wollstonecraft and 200 Years of Feminisms [Rivers Oram1997] and a chapter on the cultural representation of working motherhood in '"Let the Women be Alive!" The construction of the Married Working Woman in the Industrial Women's Movement, 1890-1914' in Eileen Janes Yeo [ed.] Radical Femininity: Woemn's Self-representation in the Public Sphere [Manchester University Press, 1998]

I am a member of the Steering Committee of the Women's History Network and an editor of the Women's History Magazine.

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Dr Malcolm James

Senior Lecturer (Media and Film), Associate Director of Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

Malcolm James is Associate Director of Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies, and a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at University of Sussex, UK. His research focuses on the intersection youth, race and urban mutliculture. Funded by British Academy, Malcolm's research addresses shifts in youth politics. It explores the changing lexicons of youth politics and the new digital and virtual sites at which they are performed. Malcolm is a member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum. He works with local partners in the London Borough of Newham on youth engagement and civil rights and is currently developing initiatives in this direction with Newham Monitoring Project.

His forthcoming book, published by Palgrave, New Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Cultural Transformation in a Global City, provides a detailed analysis of the transformation of urban multiculture in Britain.

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Dr Olu Jenzen

Research Assistant SCCS, Sussex

Associate Tutor Olu received her doctoral degree in English Literature in 2009 from the University of Sussex where she also teaches across the fields of English Literature, Cultural and Gender Studies. Her PhD research examined how the fantastic as a literary mode may offer imaginative possibilities for expressing dissident sexualities and gender, via an author study of the contemporary British writer Jeanette Winterson. She has strong research interests in twentieth century and contemporary writing generally but in themes and debates on the politics of sexualities and literary form in particular.

Olu has organised three conferences at the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies: The inaugural conference 'Class and Culture Now' (2008), the 'Queer Spiritualities' conference (2009) and the 'Paranormal Cultures' conference (2010).

Her publications include: 'The Queer Uncanny' in eSharp (issue 9, 2007); 'Reworking Linear Time: Queer Temporalities in Winterson's Sexing the Cherry and Art and Lies', in Winterson Narrating Time and Space, ed. by M. Sönmez and M. Özyurt Kilic (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009); and 'Same, Same but Other: Over-sameness as Sexual Otherness' in The Other Revisited, ed. by S. Sencindiver, M. Beville and M. Lauritzen (Macmillan, forthcoming, 2010).

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Katherine Johnson

Principal Lecturer

I am Principal Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science,University of Brighton. My research interests are in critical and community psychology,psychosocial studies, interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies, andqualitative research methods. My research has been in the field of transsexual and transgender subjectivity and embodiment, the possibilities of trans-feminist political coalitions, and LGBT mental health -particularly suicidal distress. I am also interested in working methodologically and have employed a range of approaches in my research including discourse analysis, memory work, photography and painting, and participatory action-research. My current research draws on visual methodologies and participatory action-research in order to theorize the relationship between affect and social change and is based on a photography exhibition Focusing the Mind, displayed during the Pride Festival 2008,and co-produced with MindOut (an LGBT mental health support group). Ongoing academic projects include co-editing Global Mental Health? Critical and Community Psychology Perspectives (Palgrave, 2012) and completing a single authored book Sexuality and the Psychosocial Subject (Polity, 2012).

Johnson, K. (2010) ?Visualising Mental Health Regimes: LGBT perspectives? In P. Reavey (ed) Visual Psychologies. London: Routledge.


Brown, S. D., Reavey, P., Cromby, J., Harper, D. Johnson, K. (2009) ?On psychology and embodiment: some methodological experiments?. In J. Latimer M. Schillmeier (ed) Un/knowing Bodies. Blackwell Publishing.

Johnson, K. (2007) Researching suicidal distress with LGBT communities in the UK: Methodological and ethical reflections on a community-university knowledge exchange project, The Australian Community Psychologists, Vol.19 (1): 112-123.

Johnson, K (2007) Fragmented identities, frustrated politics: transsexuals, lesbians and ?queer?, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol.11, nos. 1-2: 123-141.


Professor Margaretta Jolly

Professor of Cultural Studies

I am a cultural critic with a particular interest in life writing and life history. My work has focused on auto/biography and oral history, feminist theory and education. I see the life story as a node which focuses questions of agency, desire, art and history that are crucial to cultural studies, and especially intriguing in today's individualisms.

Dear Laughing Motorbyke: Letters from Women Welders of the Second World War (Scarlet Press, 1997), presents letters from the extraordinary Mass-Observation Archive to explore war stories as well as arguments about women's roles. I designed my Encyclopedia of Life Writing (Routledge, 2001) to reflect the field's expansiveness, ranging from Scandinavian life-story competitions to American confessional television, African oral history to Arabic Medieval biographical dictionaries. I explored fictions of war and masculinity in my co-edited Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker (University of South Carolina Press, 2005). In Love and Struggle: Letters and Contemporary Feminism (Columbia University Press, 2008) explores feminist relationships as they have been expressed in letters and emails since the 1970s. Winner of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize 2009. We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights (U of Wisconsin Press, 2014), focuses on testimonial forms of life narrative in the urgent contexts of today's wars, traumas and struggles for justice. I have also worked with Chinese oral historians as Visiting Professor at China Women's University, comparing methods and outcomes in "Hearing Her: Comparing Women’s Oral History in the UK and China." Oral History Review (2018).

My latest book is Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women's Liberation Movement 1968-present (Oxford University Press, 2019). This is based on the first national oral history archive of the post-1968 women's movement which I created in partnership with The British Library, funded by the Leverhulme Trust 2010-2013. Enjoy this at

My new research project is The Business of Women's Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing, partnered with The British Library and the University of Cambridge and funded by The Leverhulme Trust. I am also co-investigator for Connected Histories of the BBC, led by Professor David Hendy, creating a new oral history archive of the Corporation.

I am a core member of the International Association for Auto/Biography and on the editorial boards of Auto/biography; Life Writing, and Life Writing Annual.

I was Principal Investigator to Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and partnered with The British Library, from 2010-2013. See and 

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Dr Zhou Juan

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Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication
Date of Visiting: April, 2013- April, 2014

Zhou Juan is a Senior Lecturer at the Changsha University of Science & Technology, China. Her doctoral thesis investigated the “pseudo consumption environment” constructed by Chinese mass media. From the perspective of social space, she is interested in the dynamic links between state, market, and society in the media field during China’s social transformation period, and the impact of the “pseudo consumption environment” on the everyday life space. She is now in the process of developing a project on this subject funded by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation. She is currently interested in the studies of regional television communication, which refers to television entering into multi-country markets linked by geography, language and culture, from the strands of structure and culture. She has a working background in China’s state and provincial television stations.


Dr Raminder Kaur Kahlon

Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Sussex

My research interests include media, performance, censorship, history and politics in South Asia; and diaspora, race/ethnicity, heritage and popular culture. My monograph, Performative Politics and the Cultures of Hinduism (2003, 2005) focuses on a festival dedicated to the elephant-headed god, Ganesh (Ganapati), with which I consider the dynamics of performance, spectacle and politics. My co-edited volume Censorship in South Asia (with W. Mazzarella, 2009) investigates the regulation of public culture from the cinema to advertising, from street politics to political communication, and from the adjudication of blasphemy to the management of obscenity. My co-authored volume, Diaspora and Hybridity (with V. Kalra and J. Hutnyk, 2005) explores the history and socio-political contexts of these two key concepts. My co-edited volume, Bollyworld (with A. Sinha, 2005) considers Indian popular film from transnational angles in terms of its production histories; its borrowed and contributing aesthetics, styles and plots; and its distribution and modes of reception in several places including UK, USA, Guyana, Germany, Nigeria and South Africa. My current research focuses on the interface between nuclear issues, people's lifeworlds and popular culture (funded by the ESRC and AHRC).
I have numerous contacts with the British Asian arts and heritage sector and have held consultancies on the arts, heritage and diversity with Greater London Authority, National Trust, Science Museum, and the Museum of London. I have served on the Mayor's Commission for Asian and African Heritage and the Heritage Diversity Task Force at the Greater London Authority.
I was Artistic Director of the theatre group, Chandica Arts, and am currently Chair of the arts organisation, Aldaterra Projects
I have produced several scripts for theatre productions including Draupadi’s Robes, Bullets through the Golden Stream, Futures, Spirit of the Age, and Pregnant Pauses. My most recent play was when I worked on Ben Rogaly's AHRC Fellowship, Places for All?, and wrote Fair's (Not) Fair! based on about 100 oral history transcripts collated by Ben Rogaly and Kaveri Qureshi in Peterborough. I have also made three short films based on the workshops, rehearsals and performances with young people and professional actors:
(1) Fun Fear about kaleidoscopic experiences and stories about the funfair. (2) Peopleborough - an audio-visual stroll through people's lives, histories and interracial relations in Peterborough. (3) Turning the Mirror about dreams and reflections on birth, death, trouble and peace.

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Dr Amna Khalid

Research Associate

Amna is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. Amna is a historian of medicine and South Asia. Her doctoral thesis investigated the link between Hindu pilgrimage and epidemics in nineteenth century northern India, and the colonial state's regulation of pilgrimage sites. She is particularly interested in the study of sacred spaces and how they shape identity; and is currently in the process of developing her own research project on Sufi shrines as queer spiritual spaces. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow, Amna worked with queer Muslim groups in Britain.


Work in Progress: an overview of the link between Hindu pilgrimage and the spread of epidemics in nineteenth century northern India. Wellcome History, Issue 35 (Summer 2007).

'Subordinate' Negotiations: the Indigenous Staff, Colonial State and Public Health. in Mark Harrison and Biswamoy Pati (eds.), Society, Medicine and Politics: Colonial India, 1850-1940. Routledge (UK). 2008.

Sweeping it under: a study of the role of sweepers at pilgrimage sites in British India. Indian Historical Review (published by the Indian Council for Historical Research), Issue: Jan-July 2009 (forthcoming).

Dr Fatima Lampreia Carvalho

Researcher, Marie Curie Excellence Grant Team, Department of Sociology Current interests: Media Politics, Gender Studies, Discourse Analysis, Religion and Bioethics

Fatima is employed on a Marie Curie Excellence Grant in the Department of Sociology. Research title: 'Ethical diversity and regulatory harmonisation: an empirical exploration of research ethics committees following the Directive on Good Clinical Practice'

FAPERJ- Foundation for Research Support in the State of Rio de Janeiro (2000) Research Project: 'The relations between the Municipal Executive and the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro'. Grant attached to course development at the Fluminense Federal University (RJ), Department of Political Science.

CNPq National Council for Scientific Research (1994-99) Research Project: New forms of Conciliation in Brazilian Politics from a poststructuralist perspective (PhD). Thesis: Continuity and Innovation: Television and New forms of Conciliation in Brazilian Politics. Supervised by Ernesto Laclau and Aletta Norval.

F.Lampreia Carvalho 'Continuity and Innovation: Conservatism and Politics of Communication in Brazil'. (Continuidade e Inovacao: Conservadorismo e Politica da Comunicação no Brasil) Journal Revista Brasileira de Ciencias Sociais, N.43, 2000. ANPOCS, Brazil.

F. Lampreia Carvalho 'Fortuitous Encounters between Feminism and Deconstruction' (Encontros Fortuitos entre Feminismo e Desconstrucao), Journal Genero, V.1 N.2., 2001 EDUFF/PROEX/PROPP, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISSN 1517-9699

F. Lampreia Carvalho 'Human Rights and the eruption of the Real in the Tampa Stand-off: The ethics of the real in Laclau's Theory' in Rethinking Humanitarianism Conference, Conference Proceedings, UQ/ Rotary Foundation, pp.214-234, ISBN: 1-8649-9574-2, The University of Queensland Printery, 2001.

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Alan Lester

Director of Interdisciplinary Research: Global Transformation, University of Sussex

Professor of Historical Geography (Cultural Studies)

Professor of Geography (Development Studies (in CDE))

Professor of Historical Geography (Geography)

My research follows three broad, intersectingthemes, each of which isprominent in the book that I am currently writing with Fae Dussart, Colonization and Humanitarian Governance:Race and Settler Capitalismin the Early Nineteenth Century British Empire.

The first and broadesttheme is the exploration of relational space in the colonial world. In particular I have examined the ways in which relationships between competing colonial discourses, projects and networks have shaped metropolitan-colony relations in the nineteenth century British Empire. This theme is most pronounced in the book Imperial Networks: Creating Identities in Nineteenth Century South Africa and Britain (2001) (extracted in Routledge's New Imperial Histories Reader, 2009), and articles in The New Zealand Geographer with Fae Dussart(2008), Geographical Research (2006), History Compass (2005)andHistory Workshop Journal (2002). A grant from The Leverhulme Trust enabled the research which is culminating in the present book project.

The second theme is an interest in the people, ideas, discourses and practices of humanitarianism. The ways in which humanitarian projects were and are constructed in contestation with other transformative interventions has long been a preoccupation of mine, manifested especially in articlesin Environment andPlanning D: Society and Space (2002), Progress in Human Geography with David Lambert (2004) and Gender Place and Culture with Fae Dussart (2009).As a result of post-humanist critiques of humanism as a whole, I am now becoming more interested in the construction of new, cosmopolitan humanisms with which to defend some of the more positive aspects of universalism.

The third theme is the ways in which the life geographies of particular people can allow insight into agency, power, politics and practice in colonial spaces. This interest is most obviously represented in the book that David Lambert and I co-edited, Colonial Lives Across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century (2006). It is also traced through studies of George Augustus Robinson in Johnston and Rolls' Friendly Mission Companion Volume (2008) and of Thomas Fowell Buxton in Gilbert and Tiffin's Burden or Benefit: Imperial Benevolence and its Legacies (2008).

Proposals for doctoral research in these and associated areas are welcome.

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Dr Monika Metykova Monika Metykova

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications/Journalism Studies, Sussex

My research interests include transnational media; cultural and media policies; migration; nation, citizenship, cosmopolitanism and European public spheres. I am currently working with Kevin Robins and Asu Aksoy on a book entitled Transforming Media Cultures: Cosmopolitan Communications in Europe. In it we argue for a re-thinking of European media policy through a transnational lens. Apart from academic research, I am also involved in work with policy think tanks, most recently I have written a report Muslims in the European Mediascape for the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

These publications are indicative of areas that I have conducted research on:

“Only a Mouse Click Away from Home: Transnational Practices of Eastern European Migrants in the United Kingdom.“ Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, vol. 16, issue 3, May 2010.

“ ‘I Didn’t Realize How Attached I Am’: On the Environmental Experiences of Trans-European Migrants.” European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, May 2010. (with Shaun Moores)

 “Individual Influences: Journalists' Values and Norms” and “From News Nets to House Rules: Organisational Contexts.” In Paschal Preston, Making the News: Contemporary Journalism Practices and News Cultures in Europe. London: Routledge, 2009. (both chapters with Paschal Preston).

“Knowing How to Get Around: Place, Migration and Communication.” Communication Review, vol.12, no. 4, December 2009. (with Shaun Moores).

Drifting Apart? European Journalists and Their AudiencesWestminster Papers in Culture and Communication, vol. 5, no. 2, June 2008.

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Dr Jon Mitchell

Reader in Social Anthropology

Jon Mitchell's main research interests are: Religious experience, ritual, performance and the body; Memory, identity and the politics of history; Popular culture, cultures of sport; Economy, Morality and Charity. He is a social anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in Malta and the UK. His publications include: Ambivalent Europeans: ritual, memory and the public sphere in Malta (Routledge, 2002); Powers of Good and Evil: Moralities, Commodities and Popular Belief (joint editorship) (Berghahn, 2002); Global and Local Football: Politics and Europeanisation on the Fringes of the EU (joint authorship) (Routledge, 2008). In early 2010, Jon undertook a research project funded by the Creative Campus Initiative, on Marathon Running. This resulted in an exhibition and book, Run and Become.

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Dr Linda Morrice

Lecturer in Continuing Education, Centre for Community Engagement

Linda's research interests have focused around issues of education, social inclusion and migration. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK to explore issues of social exclusion, learning, identity, employment and citizenship. She has a particular interest in participative research and has trained and worked with refugee community researchers on several projects.
One of Linda's most recent publication is Houghton A-M. and Morrice L. (2008) Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants. Steps on the education and employment progression journey. Leicester: NIACE. This research draws together four regionally based case studies to explore the education, training and employment experiences of migrant communities, particularly those with higher level skills and qualifications.
She has recently completed her Education Doctorate which explored the experience of migration as processes of learning and identity (re)formation. This is a longitudinal study utilizing life history and biographical approaches. The research will be published as a book by Trentham early in 2011.
She has a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology, a PgDip in Lifelong Learning, an MA in Education Studies and a Doctorate in Education.

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Dr Matilda MrozPhoto of Matilda Mroz

Lecturer in Film Studies
University of Sussex

My research examines how film and visual culture reconfigure our relationship to memory and history, particularly in the context of Holocaust studies. This is the subject of my second monograph, Memory, Mourning and the Holocaust in Film: Images of Absence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). The monograph charts the shifts in visual engagement with Holocaust memory that has occurred in the wake of recent revelations of Polish violence towards Jews during WWII, encapsulated in films such as Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013). The book gives particular emphasis to screen memory as a transnational phenomenon, exploring Polish-French and Polish-Israeli productions, and Polish-Jewish diasporic filmmaking. The research tracks the links between cinema, installations, digital archiving projects, museum exhibitions, and other forms of commemoration. I am also interested in temporality and ‘matter’, both bodily and environmental, in screen media. My first monograph Temporality and Film Analysis (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) draws on the philosophy of Henri Bergson to investigate how cinematic time puts meaning and symbolism into flux, and revises the critical frameworks around the films of Antonioni, Tarkovsky and Kieslowski.

Recent publications

Mroz, M., Mazierska, E. and Ostrowska E. (eds.) (2016) The Cinematic Bodies of Eastern Europe and Russia: Between Pain and Pleasure. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Mroz, M., Etkind, A., Finnin, R., Blacker, U., Fedor, J., Lewis, S. and Malksoo, M. (2012) Remembering Katyń. Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press.
Mroz, M. (2012) Temporality and Film Analysis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Articles and chapters
Mroz, M. in press, ‘Framing Absence and Figuring Grief in Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida’. Screening the Past.
Mroz, M. in press, ‘Film in Full Gallop: Aesthetics and the Equine in Poland’s Epic Cinema’, in Ostrowska, D., Varga, Z. and Pitassio F. (eds.), Popular Cinemas in Central Europe: Film Cultures and Histories. London and New York: I.B Tauris.
Mroz, M. (2016) ‘Spectral Cinema: Anamorphosis and the Haunted Landscapes of Aftermath and The Devil’s Backbone’, in Downing, N. and Heholt, R. (eds.) Haunted Landscapes: Super Nature and the Environment. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 41-57.
Mroz, M. (2016) ‘Displacement, Suffering and Mourning: Post-war Landscapes in Contemporary Polish Cinema’, in Brouwer, S. (ed.), Contested Memory on Screen: Conflicting Interpretations of the Past in Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Films and Media. Leiden and Boston: Brill Rodopi, pp. 59-76.
Mroz, M. (2015) ‘Performing Evolution: Immersion, Unfolding, and Lucille Hadzihalilovic’s Innocence’, in de Luca, T. and Jorge, N. (eds.), Slow Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 287-298.
Mroz, M. (2014), ‘The Aesthetics of Overflow: Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia in Bergsonian Duration’, in Hirsch, P. and Brown, C. (eds.), Into the Blue: The Cinema of the Swimming Pool. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 169-180.
Mroz, M. (2014), ‘The Monument and the Sewer: Memory and Death in Wajda’s
Kanal (1957)’. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34 (4), 528-545.
Mroz, M. (2013), ‘Re-Imagining the Neighbour: Polish-Jewish Relations in Contemporary Polish Visual Culture’, in Bangert, A., Gordon R. and Saxton, L. (eds.), Holocaust Intersections: Genocide and Visual Culture at the New Millennium. London: Legenda, pp. 132-147

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Professor Sally R Munt

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of SCCS

Sally's main disciplinary focus lies in Cultural Studies; she has a primary research interest in the cultural formations of sexuality, gender, and class, and has published nine books in these areas plus many articles.
Sally's most recent published work is on the cultural politics of emotion, particularly shame, and how shame comes to mark out certain groups such as queers, the Irish Catholics in Britain, and the underclass within a paradigm of 'the sodomitical'. For Ashgate, "Queer Attachments: The Cultural Politics of Shame" was published in 2007. Sally is interested in how shame can be reworked into transformational narratives according to perspectives informed by Foucault, Cavarero, and Irigaray. Sally also continues to write about popular narratives and identities following an early interest in crime fiction and feminist narratives.
In 2008-9 Sally was the Principal Investigator for a significant AHRC/ESRC funded project in the Religion and Society Programme, called 'Queer Spiritual Space(s): An investigation into the practices of non-hegemonic queer spiritual communities using case studies, (Quakers, Buddhists, Findhorn Community (New Age), Muslims, Michigan Womyns Festival (Wiccan and others), and the 'non-aligned spiritually curious')'. The research was published in 2010 by Ashgate, co-authored with Kath Browne and Andrew Yip, as 'Queer Spiritual Spaces: Sexuality and Sacred Places'.
Her inaugural lecture in 2010 'Queer as Fish', on SCUBA diving, considered how other animal affinities might be celebrated, and argued for Cultural Studies being founded on 'ethical curiousity'.
Current projects also include research on spiritualism and the paranormal, and resilience, particularly working with refugees. Sally recently completed an MSc in Cognitive Psychotherapy, and she welcomes collaborative research projects in Psychosocial Studies, and the politics and culture of emotion, particular around issues of social exclusion. She welcomes doctoral research projects in all of these areas above, plus proposals on Anglo-American popular culture, space and culture, psychoanalytic cultural formations, Lesbian Gay histories/lives, and pedagogies /disciplinary boundaries.

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Dr Alison Phipps

Director of Gender Studies/Lecturer in Sociology

Alison is a sociologist of gender who works on issues such as labour market segregation, sexual violence and sex work. She is the author of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (Trentham, 2008). Alison is currently engaged in research around sexual violence and class politics and the discursive frameworks underpinning sexual violence policy. She is also developing projects on local sex markets and sexual violence against sex workers. With relevance to SCCS, she is interested in the cultural politics of gender and class and the ways in which these are embodied.

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Peter Pick

Research Associate

Peter Pick took his first degree at Sussex and has a Ph.D. in English Literature. He is committed to the idea of interdisciplinarity. His current research interests include photography, the usefulness of art, revealed and institutional religion, power, and road-traffic signs. His latest publication is an essay on the English radical theologian Abiezer Coppe collected in Religious Anarchism, (ed.) Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. He is co-curator of the 'Festival of Brown'.

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Dr Naaz Rashid

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

Naaz Rashid is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research focuses on the intersections betwen gender, race, class and religion.  Her forthcoming book, published by Policy Press, Veiled Threats: Representing the Muslim in UK Public Policy Discourse is based on her doctoral research which looked at the representation of Muslim women in UK social policy with a particular emphasis on New Labour's Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. It provides a critical analysis of policy in practice and looks at the discursive production of anti-Muslim rhetoric. Naaz is a member of the Runnymede Trust's Early Career Scholars Forum.

Dr John David Rhodes

Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture

I tend to work at and on the intersection of moving image media and the built environment. My book Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome (Minnesota, 2007) analyses the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini in light of the urban and architectural history of twentieth-century Rome. Placing Pasolini's cinema in the context of architectural and planning debates reveals this cinema's unexpected political dimensions as well as its attachment to filmmaking as a means of social criticism. I am currently working on a project I am now calling Lonely Villas: The House in American Cinema and Television. This book calibrates building styles (the California bungalow, the colonial revival, the shingle style, etc.) with film and television texts in order to produce a new understanding of how domestic housing and moving image technologies are mutually intertwined, and how both have shaped notions of private life and public citizenship. I also have interests in melodrama, queer cinema, connections between Hollywood and the avant-garde, and other fields. My essays have appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Framework, and Film History. I am also an editor of World Picture, an online visual theory journal that will be launched in late 2007.

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Dr Niall Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Niall's research interests include: Queer Cinema (especially Derek Jarman), Queer Theory; the body (especially the 'non-normative' and the 'grotesque'); the representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture. Niall is interested in Supervising PhD Students in any of these areas.

The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman: Critical and Cultural Readings (I.B Tauris, forthcoming)

Recent Articles
2006 'Poison in the Sirkian System: The Political Agenda of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven', Scope: International Journal of Film Studies, 6.

2006 'As Kamp as Bree: The Politics of Camp Reconsidered by Desperate Housewives', Feminist Media Studies, 6:2.

2005 'Queering a Gay Cliché: The Rough Trade / Sugar Daddy Relationship in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio ', Paragraph: Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 28:3.

2004 'The Gospel According to Spiderman ', Journal of Popular Culture, 37: 4.

2004 'The Queer Activity of Extreme Male Bodybuilding: Gender Dissidence, Auto-Eroticism and Hysteria', Social Semiotics, 14:1.

2003 'Queer Masculinity: The Representation of John Paul Pitoc's Body in Trick', Paragraph: Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 26:1-2.

2003 'The Queer Performance of Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman's Edward II : Gay Male Misogyny Reconsidered', Sexualities, 6: 3-4.

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Professor Kate O'Riordan

Professor of Digital Media, Sussex

Kate's research practice is a cultural studies of science and technology that deploys sexuality and gender as its key analytical categories. There are two strands to this work;

• embodiment and digital media

• embodiment and human biotechnology

In the area of digital media she edited the collection Queer Online: Media Technology and Sexuality (2007, Peter Lang) and has written extensively about sexuality, gender and research ethics.

In the area of human biotechnology, she co-authored the book, Human Cloning and the Media: From Science Fiction to Science Practice (2007, Routledge) as well as contributing to the field through journal articles in Science as Culture and Feminist Theory.

Biotechnology and digital culture also intersect and Kate has recently published The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity (2010, Ashgate), which examines this axis in depth through a series of case studies of genomic consumption and incorporation.

Currently Kate is continuing to work on 'biodigital publics' in partnership with CESAGen, and is also developing a practice-based project called Queer Genealogies with colleagues at Sussex. This latter project assembles audio files into a web-based installation, modelled on, and using social networking technologies. These materials are drawn from interviews with participants who come from queer families, or who have experienced queer forms of kinship, and are themselves queer identified in some way.

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Dr Pollyanna Ruiz

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications

I am currently researching the communicative strategies of protest coalitions. My work focuses on the organisational systems which structure alternative and mainstream public spheres. It examines the ways in which very differently orientated protest clusters communicate across political difference and explores the repertoires activists employ in order to communicate with a mainstream unaccustomed to the articulation of polyvocal dissent. In doing so it develops a more flexible theoretical understanding of the public sphere which foregrounds the ways in which political ideas travel unevenly through a complex system of connections which both bind and separate the margins from the mainstream.

Publications include

(2009) 'Manufacturing Dissent': Visual Metaphors and Community Narratives' in Notions of Community (ed) Janey Gordon, Peter Lang Publishing

(2008) 'Walking the Net: Smooth Space and Alternative Media Forms' in Popular Media and Communication: Essays on Publics, Practices and Processes (eds) Karen Ross and Stuart Price, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

(2005) 'Bridging the Gap: From the Margins to the Mainstream' In Wilma de Jong, Martin Shaw, Neil Stammers (eds) Global Activism, Global Media. London, Pluto Press.

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Dr Simon Rycroft

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

My research focuses upon the post-war cultural geographies of aesthetics and cultural politics in Britain and the United States. Recently I have been exploring the representational and non-representational practices developed by the 1960s urban counterculture. This has resulted in publications on the diverse and territorialized geographies of music in 1960s Los Angeles, on the myth of Swinging London and on its progeny, countercultural, or Underground London, and on the (non-)representational practices of 1960s Op Art. I am currently in the final stages of writing a monograph on 1960s London, Swinging City: The Cultural Geographies of London 1950-1975 for Ashgate's Rematerializing Cultural Geography series.

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Dr Sharon Smith

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Sharon Smith was a sociologist of religion whose research interests were in notions of 'difference' and diversity, (particularly multiculturalism, class, gender and sexuality) and their implications for faith communities and spiritual practitioners. Her doctoral thesis was a feminist study of Western Buddhism in East London, UK and its interfaces with people who are minoritised due to being people of colour and/or working class. As part of the Queer Spiritual Space(s) project she researched queer Buddhists in London. She continued to explore how spaces and identities are taken up and become racialised, classed, gendered or otherwise inscribed by 'difference'.


Smith, S (2003). 'Widening the Circle: Communities of Color and Western Buddhist convert sanghas' in C. Queen, C. Prebish D. Keown (eds), Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism (pp. 220-236). London: Routledge Curzon. Revised version of paper for the On-line Conference on "Socially Engaged Buddhism" April 7-14, 2000 organised through Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Yip, A with Smith, S (2010). 'Queerness and Sangha: exploring Buddhist lives' in Browne, K, Munt, S. R. Yip, A. Kam-Tuck (eds), Queer Spiritual Spaces: Sexuality and Sacred Places. Aldershot: Ashgate (pp. 111-138).

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Dr Simon Stewart

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Portsmouth

Simon's recent book Culture and the Middle Classes (Ashgate, 2010) is a study of a societal grouping that has the popular title 'middle class'. It argue s that it is more precise to describe the middle classes as dominant groupings, and the book draws upon a wide range of characters from such groupings. In a detailed analysis of cultural practices, those making an appearance include omnivores, carnivores, herbivores, the middle-brow, traditional culture vultures, middle class plunderers, the urban arts eclectic and the English gentleman. There is a particular focus on those expressing the 'silver disposition'; predominantly affluent, middle-aged and white, with a taste for conspicuous consumption and established cultural forms. The book brings together a range of disparate sources on the middle classes and illustrates the extent to which social groups utilize the various assets at their disposal and seek to maintain the legitimacy of their cultural practices. The findings emphasise the continuing link between class and taste. Simon's latest book contract is with Palgrave Macmillan, and he is currently working on Sociology of Culture, which will be published in 2012.

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Professor Lyn Thomas


Professor Emerita of Cultural Studies

Lyn's current research focuses on life writing, and she is particularly interested in narratives of class migration in French and British literature and sociology. She continues to publish on the French writer Annie Ernaux and curates a site publishing new and creative forms of life writing for the Centre for Life Writing and Life History Research: She has also published an online memoir: Clothes Pegs: A Woman’s Life in 30 Outfits Earlier publications include work on: media audiences; 'quality' media and fan cultures; radio soap opera and radio audiences online; the relationship between religion, spirituality and media in contemporary Britain; representations of 'suspect communities' in the British press and impacts on Irish communities and Muslim communities living in Britain.

Voix blanche? Annie Ernaux, French feminisms and the challenge of intersectionality’ in Making Waves: French Feminisms and their Legacies 1975-2015, Margaret Atack, Alison Fell, Diana Holmes and Imogen Long (eds), Liverpool University Press, November 2019.

'Sharing experiences of "suspect" communities in Britain: Irish Catholic and Muslim Women's "Voices in Harmony"' in Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion, Lena Gemzöe, Marja-Liisa Keinänen, and Avril Maddrell, A. (eds), Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Publishing, 2016.

‘The Archers and its Listeners in the Twenty-First Century: Drama, Nostalgia and the Rural Everyday’ in The Archers in Fact and Fiction: Academic Analyses of Life in Rural Borsetshire, Cara Courage, Nicola Headlam and Peter Matthews (eds)  Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016.

‘Ennemies de classe ou âmes-sœurs : Virginia Woolf et Annie Ernaux’ (Class enemies or soul sisters: Virginia Woolf and Annie Ernaux) in Annie Ernaux : L’Intertextualité, Robert Kahn, Laurence Macé and Françoise Simonet-Tenant (eds), Rouen : Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015.

Thomas, Lyn (2012) Working-class whiteness from within and without: an auto-ethnographic response to Avtar Brah's 'The scent of memory'. Feminist Review, 100. pp. 106-123. ISSN 0141-7789

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Professor Sue Thornham

Professor of Media and Film Studies

Sue's research interests focus on feminist theory and its applications to film, media and cultural studies. She welcomes doctoral applicants in these areas.

Published Books
1997 Passionate Detachments: An Introduction to Feminist Film Theory (Edward Arnold). Single-authored book, ISBN 0 34065 225X, pp. 224. Translated into Chinese, published 2006 by Guangxi Normal University Press.
1999 Feminist Film Theory: A Reader, edited and introduced (Edinburgh University Press). ISBN 074 8608 907, pp. 320.
1999 Media Studies: A Reader 2nd edition, edited and introduced with Paul Marris (Edinburgh University Press). ISBN 074 8612 068, pp. 604.
2001 Feminist Theory and Cultural Studies (Edward Arnold). Single-authored book. ISBN 0340 71898 6, pp. 240.
2004 Television Drama: Theories and Identities (Palgrave). Co-authored, with Tony Purvis. ISBN 0 33396888 3, pp.224.
2007 (forthcoming) Women, Feminism and Media (Edinburgh University Press). Single-authored book.

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Dr Jane Traies

Research Associate

Jane’s doctoral thesis (2014) explored the intersections of ageing, gender and sexuality through a wide-ranging study of the lives and experiences of lesbians over 60. She is currently preparing to publish some of the life stories collected as part of that project, while working as a research assistant on the project ‘Life in the UK: Exploring British Culture’.  

Her previous research interests have included theatre history – especially the ‘illegitimate’ theatres of the circus and fairgrounds – and women’s history in the eighteenth century.

Traies, J. (Forthcoming).  ‘De-marginalising older lesbians in LGBT ageing discourse.’ In Peel, E., Harding, R. & Westwood, S. (Eds.) Ageing & Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate.
Traies, J. and Munt, S. R. (2014) ‘Health Narratives of Older British Lesbians’ in Zeeman, L, Aranda, K. and Grant, A. Queering Health: Critical Challenges to Normative Health and Healthcare, pp. 23-44.
Traies, J. (2012) '”Women Like That”: Older Lesbians in the UK.’ In Ward, R., Rivers, I. and Sutherland, M. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Biographical Approaches for Inclusive Care and Support. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 67-82.
Traies, J. (2009) 'Now You See Me': The Invisibility of Older Lesbians. M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham. Available at:
Traies, J. (1987) ‘Jones and the Working Girl: class marginality in music-hall song.’ In Bratton, J.S. (Ed.) Music Hall – Performance and Style. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 23-48.
Traies, J. (1980) Fairbooths and Fit-ups. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey.
Bratton, J. and Traies, J. (1980) Astley’s Amphitheatre. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey.

Professor Cedric Watts Cedri

Research Professor of English

Cedric’s publications include 18 critical and scholarly books, notably The Deceptive Text, Literature and Money and Hamlet, and he has edited 34 volumes of material by Shakespeare, Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Cunninghame Graham and others. His research interests include Keats, Cunninghame Graham, Ian McEwan, and literary paradoxes of many periods, from Aeschylus to the present.

Latest Publication:
'Shakespeare Puzzles', published by PublishNation, London, in February 2014. ISBN 978-1-291-66410-2. Available in paperback on Amazon and in electronic form on Kindle.

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Dr Heather White

Research Associate

Heather was a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre in 2008 and she is currently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at the New College of Florida. She is a scholar of United States religious history and has primary research interests in the interplay between religious, medical and legal discourses about homosexuality and gender variance. Heather's current research includes a book project on twentieth century Protestant debates over homosexuality, which will reappraise the involvement of Christian leaders and laity in the history of gay and lesbian movement organizing in the United States. Part of this research is published in the special issue on Queer Perspectives on New Religious Movements in Nova Religio, titled 'Proclaiming Liberation: The Historical Roots of LGBT Religious Organizing' (2009: Vol. 11, no. 4). During her tenure here as a postdoctoral fellow, she investigated non-aligned, spiritually curious LGBTQI persons and their use of the Internet for spiritual exploration and connection.

Janice Winship

Reader in Media and Cultural Studies

My research interest is in cultural history and the development and politics of everyday cultural forms, including women's magazines, advertising, shopping and the motorcar, mainly in the UK context and with a focus on issues of gender, class and nation. Most recently, I have engaged in a project attempting to understand the changing fortunes of the retailer Marks Spencer and its place in British society over the 20th century. This research involves attention to organizational and corporate culture, to media story telling and to cultures of consumption.

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Dr Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

Associate Professor Reader,School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Andrew's research career is built on his ongoing interest in exploring the lived experiences and life circumstances of individuals within sexual, religious, and ethnic minorities - their identities and social relationships in diverse contexts. Having been involved in several qualitative and quantitative research projects on lesbian, gay, and bisexual Christians and support organisations in 1990s, he expanded his research profile by undertaking ESRC-funded research projects on lesbian, gay, and bisexual Muslims (primarily South Asian), the social and policy implications of non-heterosexual ageing, and older British migrants living in Spain. On the whole, his research profile covers: contemporary religious/spiritual identities; contemporary sexual (particularly lesbian, gay, and bisexual) identities; Islam and Muslim communities in the West; human rights and citizenship; close (particularly same-sex) relationships; and ageing within national and transnational contexts. He is currently involved in two research projects: Citizens in Diversity: A Four-nation Study on Homophobia and Fundamental Rights (EU-funded); and Religion, Youth, and Sexuality: A Multi-faith Exploration(AHRC/ESRC-funded).

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Dr Laetitia Zeeman

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Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Science  University of Brighton

Laetitia Zeeman has an academic and practice background in mental health, narrative therapy and healthcare governance gained in the UK and South Africa that act as foundation to her current activities at the University of Brighton. She is interested in developing knowledge and practices that question dominant discourses and recognise the strengths and abilities of people when they face adversity or have gained experience of mental health problems. Scholarly interests include health and social inequalities, the sociology of health, culture and health, queer theory and resilience as a form of action over time that takes account of politics. My research explores the intersections between gender, sexuality and mental health via the narratives people tell of their lives and how these stories inform identify formation and wellbeing. The aim of this work is to bring about material change whilst considering the implications for social justice and citizenship.   

Publications include:

Zeeman, L; Aranda, K & Grant, A (in press) Queer challenges to evidence-based mental healthcare. Nursing Inquiry.

Aranda, K; Zeeman, L & Scholes, J 2012: The resilient subject: exploring subjectivity, identity and the body in narratives of resilience.  Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the study of Health, Illness and Medicine 16(5) September 2012 : pp 548–563.

Grant, A & Zeeman, L 2012 “Whose Story Is It?” An autoethnography concerning narrative identity. The Qualitative Research Report 17(36) Sept 2012.

Zeeman, L; & Simons, L 2011 Analysis of discourses shaping mental health practitioners. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing volume 18, 2011: pp 712-720.

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Benjamin Zeitlyn

Research fellow in CREATE, based in the School of E