Our research helps to shape wider public debates around gender Our research helps to shape wider public debates around gender

Feminist Media Studies is a world-leading research theme throughout the School, focusing on the role of gender within film, television and related media. Our research has helped to shape debates around feminism and post-feminism, representations of femininity, celebrity culture, women and Islam, female authorship and female work in the media industries.

Our researchers work in close partnership with external organisations to engage actively in wider public debates. They have helped steer organisations such as the Women's Film and Television History Network (UK and Ireland), whose 2014 conference was held here, and who run events for International Day of the Girl, work with the Women's Library, the Women's Institute and Film Club, and appear on programmes such as BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Our focus in Feminist Media Studies will build on the world-leading work of our renowned scholars. Yvonne Tasker and Melanie Williams are currently spearheading research on women in the British film industry, Su Holmes and Sarah Godfrey are exploring representations of family in children's television, Christine Cornea continues to explore feminist issues within the science fiction genre, while Eylem Atakav investigates media representations of women and Islam.

As well as work to engage the general public in discussion and debate (including appearances on television, radio, and in DVD special features), our researchers have published a range of research monographs, including Tasker's Soldiers' Stories: Military Women in Cinema and Television since WWII (2011) and Williams' Prisoners of Gender: Women in the Films of J. Lee Thompson (2008).


Staff and key research interests  

Eylem Atakav: women and Islam; female authorship

Christine Cornea: gender and genre, particularly in science fiction film and television

Sarah Godfrey: gender and authorship; masculinity in British cinema

Su Holmes: female stardom; celebrity culture

Yvonne Tasker: gender and genre; female representation in military film and TV

Melanie Williams: gender and authorship; female workers in the media industries