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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 and teaching 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. Specifically she examines the ways in which literary and cinematic narratives articulate contested cultural processes including questions of public and private 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. Her recent work examines the ways in which cinema, literature and popular culture 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.

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 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.

Selected Recent Publications

2015

  • Feminst Review Special Issue on ‘Frailty and Debility’. Issue 111, October 2015 eds. Irene Gedalof, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Sadie Wearing.
  • 'Deconstructing the American Family: Figures of Parents with Dementia in AM Homes’ May We be Forgiven and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections’ in Swinnen, A., and M. Schweda (eds.). Popularizing Dementia: Public Expressions and Representations of Forgetfulness. Aging Studies series. Transcript Vergal, Bielefeld: 2015 pp. 1-25.
  • ‘Moms Mabley and Whoopi Goldberg: Age, Comedy and Celebrity’ in Holmes, S. and Jermyn, D. (eds.) Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing Freeze Frame (Palgrave, 2015), pp. 59-76.

2014

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. 

 

2013

  • ‘Dementia and the Biopolitics of the Biopic, from Iris to The Iron Lady’ (2013) Dementia (London), Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 315-325.
  • ‘Representing Agency and Coercion: Feminist Readings and Postfeminist Media Fiction‘ in Phillips, A., Madhok, S. and Wilson, K (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion (Palgrave, 2013), pp. 219-239.
  • 'Notes on Some Scandals: The Politics of Shame in Vers le Sud’ in Gill, R. and Scharff, C. (eds.) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity (Palgrave, 2013), pp. 173-187.

2012

  • ‘Exemplary or Exceptional Embodiment? Discourses of Ageing in the case of Helen Mirren and Calendar Girls’ in Dolan, J. (ed.) Ageing Femininities: Representation, Identities, Feminism (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), pp. 145-157.
  • 'Subjects of Rejuvenation: Aging in Postfeminist Culture’ in Negra, D. and Tasker, Y (eds.) Interrogating Postfeminism Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2007), pp.277-310.

Editorial

Conferences Organised

  • Leader on Gender, Media and Culture Session for the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power, LSE, 24 April 2015.
  • Co-convenor for Affect and Inequality, International Workshop, at LSE, 30 April 3 - 1 May 2015. 
  • Co-convenor for Graduate Seminar Series in Narrative, Discourse and Social Representations, The Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London and The Gender Institute, LSE, 2010 -11.
  • Co-convenor for Performativities: Contexts, Domains, Perspectives, International Workshop, LSE, 3 November 2007.

Recent Conference Papers

  • 'Presenting Moms Mabley, Age, Celebrity and Comedy’ at Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, Dublin, Ireland, June 2015.
  • ‘Deconstructing the American Family: Figures of Parents with Dementia in AM Homes May We Be Forgiven and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections’ 8th International Symposium Cultural Gerontology, Galway, Ireland, April 2014.
  • ‘Sexual Politics Reconsidered’, Invited Speaker, Kate Millett Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, May 2014.
  • ‘Conceptualisations of Silence in Feminist Theory’, Invited Speaker, Symposium on Silences in Science, Imperial College, University of London, Welcome Institute, July 2013.
  • ‘Acting their Age?’ Women, Ageing and Popular Cinema, Keynote Speaker, University of Newcastle, 4 May 2012.
  • ‘Retirement Deferred’, Symposium on Aging, Gender and Film, Keynote Speaker University of West of England June, 2011.
  • ‘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.

Teaching and Administration

Supervision

  • Currently supervising 2 PhD students
  • Second supervisor 1 PhD student
  • 15-25 MSc students and dissertations annually

Current Administration Roles

Department:

School:

  • Archives and Special Collections Advisory Board (2015-)

External Examining

PhD examiner:

  • SOAS, University of London, March, 2015
  • Goldsmith College, University of London, June 2014
  • University of East Anglia, October 2013
  • Southern Cross University, Australia, October 2012
  • Royal Holloway, University of London, November 2010
  • MPhil: University of Birmingham, November 2008
  • PhD: Cardiff, Cardiff University, March 2008

Programme examiner:

  • Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychosocial Studies (2012-2016)
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London, Departments of Sociology and Media and Communications (2011-2014)
  • Middlesex University, Department of Film Studies (2006- 2011)

Recent Awards

  • LSE Teaching Award, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Major Review Teaching Prize 2013

 

 

 

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