2018 update

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Apologies for the super-long radio silence! Since I injured my arms and had to start using voice software for everything, blogging and Twitter kind of slip down the priority list.

Anyway-a quick update for you on where I’m at with work and research activities. Last year I was made a Reader in Media and Communication here at SHU, in a sideways move from my previous role as a programme leader. Currently, my main activities in this role (other than my own research and sitting on the research centre’s standing committee) are work in ethics reviewing and continue presence on the ethics committee as well as involvement with a range of activities relating to research students. Teaching-wise, I remain as module leader for undergraduate modules in media audiences (level 4), media, identities and representations (level 5) and celebrity culture (level 5/6).

Media-wise, I’m now a regular contributor to BBC Radio Sheffield on matters relating to media and film – I’m in there approximately once a month and it’s a lot of fun working with the team. My next appearance is on the lovely Paulette Edwards’ show on Fri April 27, around midday, should you want to tune in! I’m still a theatre critic over at Broadway World, and I also recently did some filming for a Duran Duran fan documentary, details TBC, but the filmmakers asked me some of the most interesting and tricky questions I’ve ever had an interview!

Lucy Bennett and I will be in conversation next week on Henry Jenkins’ blog as part of a series of reflections from scholars around the world on the state of fan studies. I will try to put something more up about this next week. It’s been really exciting to be involved in and Lucy and I had some really interesting exchanges back and forth so I hope it’s an interesting read for you. I’ve certainly been enjoying reading all the other contributions so far.

I also have several chapters about to be published imminently. I have a chapter on ethics in fan studies In Paul Booth’s edited collection A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (Wiley). Along with Stuart Bell, I have a chapter on the EastEnders 30th anniversary events in Everybody Hurts: Endings, Transitions and Resurrections in Fandom, edited by Rebecca Williams (University of Iowa press) and one on ‘safer spaces’ in the Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics (edited by Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna). Conference-wise, my next date is Celebrity Studies in Rome in June, where I’ll be presenting on ‘clergy as celebrity’, looking at the likes of Richard Coles and Kate Bottley as well as other crossovers between the worlds of religious leadership and celebrity.

I also have some work on YouTube celebrity with Kathryn Murphy that is currently in the process of submissions and reviews, so watch this space for details, and a few more things in progress on topics including gender and fan studies, religion and television, reality television and soap opera.

I’ve also gone on a mad updating spree, so you can download papers and presentations at Academia.edu and ResearchGate!

New issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies

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The current issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (May 2015: 18 (3)) is the one that Feona Attwood and I guest-edited on Moments of Transformation – it’s been available for a while via OnlineFirst but now it’s out ‘for real’. The collection comprises a range of short and long pieces on different ways of thinking about aspects of makeover and transformation, from the changing taglines of social media sites to the use of YouTube by trans* vloggers.

My own paper looks at the trend of the mid-late 00s and early 10s to combine reality TV makeover formats and religious/spiritual programming – the likes of The Monastery, Make Me a Muslim etc.

Contributors include the likes of Matt Hills, Tania Lewis, Meredith Jones and Jean Burgess and we think it’s a nice mixture of topics and approaches. Sadly it’s not open access but hopefully you can find ways and means… 😉

Sex, God and Rock’n’Roll

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Yesterday was one of those days where the news seemed directly targeted to me and I wanted to shout at it to shut up while I finished being busy doing a bunch of entirely different stuff. Two of the big stories directly related to my research interests: religion in the media, and fans of Cliff Richard – and I’m slap bang in the middle of writing a lot of things that mean I can’t give either story much attention. Still, I have a blog, so I can write something quick and rough and ready instead – and it’s some very weird kind of (divine?) coincidence that two big stories featuring Christian singers and sexuality broke on the same day.

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