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Dr Sadie Wearing

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Dr Sadie Wearing

Lecturer in Gender Theory, Culture and Media

Gender Institute

Email: s.wearing@lse.ac.uk|

Room: COL.5.04D, Columbia House, LSE

Sadie Wearing's research interests are in the critical analysis of literary, visual and media culture with specific interest in representations of aging, temporality and memory in both historical and contemporary contexts. Her work is concerned with questions of the political implications of deployments of cultural understandings of time, memory and the body. Much of Sadie’s research and teaching centres on the analysis of film and literature. Specifically in the ways in which literary and cinematic narratives articulate contested cultural processes including questions of public memory, national identity, heritage and belongings, gender sexuality and aging. She has written on the questions raised by adaptations of literary and biographical texts and the specificity of cinematic forms of memory and forgetting and at how these might be understood in relation to postcolonial theory, postfeminism and contemporary formations of celebrity. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Age, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Culture which critically examines the ways in which cinema and other mediated forms reflect and complicate wider cultural assumptions about aging, memory and temporality and the complexity of the ways in which aging subjectivities, constructions and embodiments are produced and reproduced. A co-authored book, with Niall Richardson, Gender and Media is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.

Experience keywords: gender and feminist theory; representation; feminist film theory; aging and subjectivity in literature, culture and media

Sadie welcomes MPhil/PhD applications to study with her at the Gender Institute in her primary areas of expertise (please see here| for how to apply).

Dr Wearing's LSE Experts entry is available here|

Current Areas of Research

Age, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Culture

This research is concerned with representations and theorisations of the aging body in contemporary popular culture exploring the intersections of discourses of race, class, gender and sexuality in shifting conceptualisations of age. The project examines the ways in which cinema and other mediated forms reflect and complicate wider cultural assumptions about aging, memory and temporality and the ways in which aging subjectivities are produced and reproduced via cultural discourses of aging and reflects on the complexity of these constructions and embodiments. The project aims at identifying cultural ambivalences and anxieties over the shifting expectations of the aging body and questioning how these manifest in a range of contemporary narrative genres. The research explores links with postfeminism, performativity, celebrity and disability studies to reflect on the complexity and paradoxes of prevailing representations of aging and suggests the ways in which recent popular culture might be understood as a crucial site on which negotiations of contemporary aging are being explored.

Film and Cultural Critique

Much of Sadie's research and teaching centres on the analysis of film. Specifically in the ways in which cinematic narratives articulate contested cultural processes including questions of public memory, national identity, heritage and belongings, gender sexuality and aging. She has written on the questions raised by adaptations of literary and biographical texts and the specificity of cinematic forms of memory and forgetting and at how these might be understood in relation to postcolonial theory, postfeminism and contemporary formations of celebrity.

Recent and forthcoming Publication

Books

SAGEhandbookOfFeministTheory

The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory| (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing (2014)

At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory. The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: epistemology and marginality; literary, visual and cultural representations; sexuality; macro and microeconomics of gender; conflict and peace. It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

 
genderInTheMedia

Gender in the Media| by Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing (2014)

This lively and engaging text introduces students to the key contemporary issues in the study of gender and the media. Integrating cultural theory with text-based criticism, Gender in the Media analyses recent debates in feminist cultural theory, masculinity studies and queer theory, before applying these cultural paradigms to critical readings in relevant media contexts. 

 
  • Age, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Culture This monograph is concerned with representations and theorisations of the aging body in contemporary popular culture exploring the intersections of discourses of race, class, gender and sexuality in shifting conceptualisations of age. Forthcoming

Articles and Chapters

  • Subjects of Rejuvenation: Aging in Postfeminist Culture’ in Tasker and Negra eds. Interrogating Postfeminism; Gender and the politics of popular culture (Durham, Duke University Press, 2007) pp277-310
  • Notes on Some Scandals: The Politics of Shame in Vers le Sud’ in Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff eds., New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity (Houndsmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) pp 173-187
  • ‘Exemplary or Exceptional Embodiment? Discourses of Aging in the case of Helen Mirren and Calendar Girls’ in Josie Dolan ed. Ageing Femininities: Representation, Identities, Feminism Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press , forthcoming

 

Conferences

  • Co convenor of Graduate Seminar Series in Narrative, Discourse and Social Representations, The Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London and The Gender Institute, London School of Economics 2010 -11
  • Co-convenor Performativities: contexts, domains, perspectives international workshop , 3 November 2007 LSE, funded by the British Academy and the Roberts research fund

Conference Papers

  • ‘Age, Shame and Grumpiness: Analysis, Representation and Affect’ Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling, Newcastle University, December 10-12, 2010.
  • ‘Agency and Coercion: feminist readings of postfeminist representations’ Feminist television Studies Conference, University of Sunderland, 16 September, 2010
  • Narratives of Decline and Degeneration? Representing the Aging Body’ Plenary speaker , BSA Ageing ,Gender and the Body Conference, British Library, 20 July 2009,
  • ‘Nationalised Embodiments: performing age and celebrity ’Key note Speaker AHRC international Conference - Crossing Cultures: Women, Ageing and Media, University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham) 5th December 2008
  • ‘Notes on Some Scandals: Shame and Transgenerational Sex in Recent Cinema’ ‘Ageing Femininities: Representation, Identities, Feminism, University of the west of England, Bristol, 6 Oct 2007
  • ‘Postfeminist Time and Age’ Cultural Studies Now International Conference, University of East London, July 2007
  • ‘Adapting Age: representing generations in Iris’ Screen International Conference, 2 July 2006
  • ‘Age and Sexuality in Celebrity Culture’ Celebrity Culture International conference, University of Paisley September, 2005

Invited Speaker: seminar series, policy forums etc.

  • Centre for Narrative Research ,University of East London Research Seminar Series , March 2010
  • BIGS (Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies) College Gender Group Research Seminar, June 2009
  • University of Sunderland Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, March 2007
  • Help the Aged Policy Team Forum, October 2006
  • University of East Anglia Film and Television Studies Research Seminar Series, November 2005

Teaching and Administration

Supervision

  • Currently supervising 2 MPhil/PhD students
  • 15-25 MSc students and dissertations annually

Administration

  • MSc Gender Media & Culture admissions tutor
  • LSE Graduate Studies sub committee member (from September 2008-)

External Examining

  • External Programme examiner - BA Film Studies, Middlesex University (2006- 2011)
  • PhD examiner: Royal Holloway, University of London (2009); University of Cardiff (2008)
  • MPhil examiner: University of Birmingham (2008)

Recent Awards

  • LSE Teaching Award, 2005, 2006, 2007

 

 

 

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