Audience Research Theme Roundtable

Date & Time:

19th June, 16:30


Online via Zoom

BCMCR invites you to the research event ‘Audience Research Theme Roundtable’.

Date: 19 June 2024 | Time: 16:30PM – 17:30PM UK TIME

Place: Online via Zoom

Tickets Available: Online

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Event Bio:

As we approach the end of BCMCR’s two-year Audience theme, we invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion to wrap up our activities. Theme co-organisers Charlotte Stevens and Hazel Collie will be joined by Vanessa Jackson, Faye Davies and Gemma Commane to discuss their contributions to the upcoming edited collection Revisiting Media Audiences, which arises from the theme and last July’s conference. This edited collection returns to audience as a concept, looking again at one of the three pillars of media studies (along with industry and text), and exploring how theorisations and approaches to the idea of audience have shifted since the wave of audience studies work in the early 2000s.


Speaker Bios:

Gemma Commane is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication in the College of Media and English at BCU. Her research specialisms include dangerous femininities, feminist cultural studies, ethnography, sexual cultures, and queer studies. Her published work focuses on marginalised communities (women in BDSM and fetish cultures, burlesque dancers) and the queer potential of ‘Dangerous Femininities’. Her first monograph, Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies: Sex, Performance and Femininity, was published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Her current research focuses on the Professional Dominatrix. She is one of the founding members of Bean Flicks (BCU academics in ADM, HELS, and BLSS), Birmingham’s first and only queer and ethical feminist porn festival.

Vanessa Jackson is a former BBC series producer and now an associate professor in the College of Media and English at Birmingham City University. She is interim Deputy Head of College, and has oversight of employability and partnership activities. She completed her PhD in television historiography under the supervision of Professor John Ellis at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2018. Her research interests include the history of television, women’s roles in the television industry, as well as the uses of social media in community history projects.  

Faye Davies is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory in the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University, UK, where she has lectured for the past 22 years. She is a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Her areas of study relate to representation of gender and sexuality, production discourse, crime representation, and audience readings.

Charlotte Stevens has been leading the BCMCR Audience theme (2022-2024) with Hazel Collie. Her current project looks at representations of video games in Chinese popular television, and previous publications include work on video game fan histories, 1980s television zines, and screen vampires.

Hazel Collie has been co-leading the BCMCR Audience theme (2022-2024) with Charlotte Stevens.  Her research interests include media (and, importantly, audience) histories, representations of gender and parenthood and RuPaul’s Drag Race. She’s currently dabbling in archival research at the Mass Observation Archive.