A list of my conference presentations, invited papers and workshops. Slides can be found here.


  • The Golden Girl Next Door – Kylie at 50.  Kylie Minogue symposium, Maynooth, November.
  • Queer Christian Celebrity. Queer Celebrity Conference, Portsmouth, June.


  • ‘All hail the comedy vicar’: Clergy as celebrity.  Celebrity Studies Conference, Rome (June 2018)


  • Transmedia Storytelling in soap opera.  Huddersfield Centre for Participatory Culture Research series (Jan 2017)
  • ‘Academics cry censorship, students cry trauma’: Media representations of ‘safer spaces’ debates in Higher Education.  MeCCSA Conference, Leeds (Jan 2017)
  • 30 years in Holby: Analysing Casualty’s Anniversary.  British Medical Television Conference, Brighton (June 2017)


  • ‘PewDiePie doesn’t sing or dance’: Mainstream media representations of YouTube celebrities. YouTube conference.  Middlesex (Sep 2016, with Kathryn Murphy)
  • ‘As sugary as a frosted cupcake’: Newspaper representations of a YouTube star. Celebrity Studies Conference.  Amsterdam (June 2016, with Kathryn Murphy).


  • Hollyoaks at 20: ‘Teen’ soap no longer? MeCCSA Annual Conference, Northumbria (January 2015).
  • Tawdry, trashy and a turn on: Reader responses to Fifty Shades: Science Museum Lates, London (Feb 2015)
  • Workshop on trigger warnings (with Meg John Barker and Caroline Walters), Sexual Cultures, London (Spring 2015)
  • ‘As if the women have beamed down en masse from BHS’: Newspaper narratives of older female fans Fan Studies Network Conference, Norwich (June 2015)
  • Workshop on ethics in fan studies, Fan Studies Network Conference, London (June 2015)
  • The construction of the Social Justice Warrior Internet Research 16, Phoenix (October 2015)
  • Fishbowl on social justice and pedagogy Internet Research 16, Phoenix (October 2015)
  • Soap opera anniversaries as media events. CCRC Research Seminars, Sheffield Hallam University (November 2015)


  • Reading group on womens’ magazines as part of Helen Benigson’s residency, Site Gallery, Sheffield (Feb 2014)
  • Celebrity Reality Television and the Fame Cycle.  Celebrity Studies Biannual Conference, London (June 2014).
  • (Over) A Decade in the Life of Online Fan Communities.  Fan Studies Network Conference, London (September 2014)
  • ‘They’ve still not finished the bloody game yet’: Fan anticipation and ‘unticipation’ for The Sims 4. Fan Studies Network Conference, London (September 2014)
  • Pull the Trigger? Workshop on trigger warnings.  LaDIYFest. Sheffield (November 2014).
  • What is this Sims 4?: PR, Promotion and Play. C3Ri Seminar Series. Sheffield Hallam University (November 2014).
  • Charitable selfies, national identity and gender: Comparing the #nomakeupselfie and #thumbsupforstephen campaigns. Picturing the Social.  Sheffield (November 2014).


  • Readers’ Responses to Fifty Shades.  Fifty Shades of Grey: An Inquiry Into ‘Dangerous Things’, University of Brighton (April 2013, with Clarissa Smith).
  • BBC Three, Young People and Faith.  CMS Lecture Series, University of South Wales (May 2013).
  • Good news for the poor?  Newspaper responses to the new Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury.  CRESC annual conference, London (September 2013).
  • More Awesome than Electronic Arts: Resistance and appropriation within the Sims gaming community. Internet Research 14, Denver (October 2013).
  • A nice girl’s nasty book: reading the readers of Fifty Shades.  University of Sunderland, (October 2013, with Clarissa Smith).
  • Of Simblr and Simstagram: Simmifying Social Media.  Fan Studies Network symposium, UEA, Norwich (November 2013).
  • The Fifty Shades Phenomenon.  Sheffield Hallam University (December 2013).


  • Organising Committee, Internet Research 13.0, University of Salford.
  • ‘OMG it’s been going for 16 years!!’: The decline and survival of music fan mailing lists. Internet Research 13.0, University of Salford.
  • Factual British TV and religion/spirituality: (some!) audience viewpoints.  BBC Religion and Ethics Departmental Meeting, MediaCity.
  • British television and religion: audience perspectives.  Religion and TV workshop, Lancaster University.
  • Portrayals of Religious Activism and Politicisation on British Television.  Religion in the Digital Age: Media, Performance and “Spectacular Activism” New York University (June).
  • God Bless Britain: Religion, spirituality and national identity in factual British television.  C3Ri seminar series, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Regulating Belief: Television, policy and the representation of faith.  MeCCSA 2012, University of Bedfordshire.


  • Tweeting with the Audience: The use of Twitter in media research.  MeCCSA 2011, Salford.
  • Saving live TV? Watching television with Twitter.  Transforming Audiences 3, University of Westminster.
  • Religious audiences and their response to media depictions of religion.  Media Spaces, Religion Networks and Social Change, Open University, London.


  • ‘Please when you come to write about my official biography, please don’t say I travelled with her mother’: Women in Torchwood, Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.  What happened next? Feminist Television Studies in post-feminist times: researching the relationship between women, feminism, the feminine and British television, University of Sunderland.
  • The Representation of Religious/Spiritual Experience on factual British TV, 2000-09.  Religion and Society: Religion and Media research day, University of Leeds.
  • Tweeting Revelations.  Mediating Religion: Social Media and the Sacred conference, Open University, London.
  • Acceptable and Unacceptable Islam in British Television. Islam and the Media Conference, University of Colorado.
  • Representing Religious and Spiritual practice.  Anthropology of Britain conference, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Conflicting Identities: Religion, Race, and Belonging in a Changing World, A round-table discussion in collaboration with BBC Religion and Ethics, University of Manchester.


  • Religion and Spirituality on Mainstream British Factual TV.  SHU Sociology Research Group.
  • PhD work in progress discussion presented at Media and the Transformation of Religion conference, Manchester
  • ‘This is My Journey’: Mediated Religious Experiences on British TV.  CRESC Religion, Media and Social Change 2nd Annual Symposium, London.

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