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Dr Sam McBean

Gender Institute

Email: S.McBean@lse.ac.uk|

Dr Sam McBean

Visiting Fellow 

Gender Institute

Email: S.McBean@lse.ac.uk|

Room: COL.5.04K, Columbia House, LSE

Dr Sam McBean is a Visiting Fellow at the Gender Institute for 2013-14. Her research is broadly interested in queer and feminist media, literary, and cultural theories and questions of temporality. Her PhD research, which is currently in preparation as a monograph, built on critiques of feminism’s time as singular, progressive, and generational and aimed to, in dialogue with queer temporality theory, explore alternative models in 20th and 21st century feminist genres. Her current project takes a queer feminist approach to new media and digital sites (such as Facebook, YouTube, tumblr, GIFs), focusing in particular on the affective temporalities of these media forms.

She contributes teaching to the MSc Gender, Media and Culture degree at the LSE and in the past has held Visiting Lectureships at Birkbeck, the University of Westminster, and Oxford Brookes. She has work published and forthcoming in the edited collections Beyond Citizenship?: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging and A Handbook of Feminist Theory and the journals Feminist Review, Camera Obscura, Feminist Theory, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and Sexualities.

Research Interests

  • Feminist and Queer Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Temporality
  • New Media Theory
  • Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Literature

During her time at the Gender Institute, Sam is working on a project preliminarily titled (Re)Mediation and Affect: New Media Feminisms and Digital Queers. This project brings her interests in queer and feminist temporalities to new media and digital sites (such as Facebook, YouTube, tumblr, and GIFs) to explore how the temporalities of new media and digital forms remediate feminist and queer communities, histories, intimacies, and affects.

Publications

  •  “Remediating Intimacy: Lesbians, Digital Culture, and Public Feeling”, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Special Issue: Transnational Lesbian Culture (forthcoming, 2014)
  • “The Gamble of Reproduction: Conceiving Ada’s Queer Temporalities”, Studies in the Maternal, Special Issue: Non-Reproduction (forthcoming, 2014)
  • “Feminist Futurity: Revisiting Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time”, Feminist Review, 107 (forthcoming, July 2014)
  • “Seeing in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home”, Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies, 28.85 (forthcoming, December 2013)
  • “What Stories Make Worlds, What Worlds Make Stories: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake”, in A Handbook of Feminist Theory, ed. by LSE Gender Institute, SAGE (forthcoming, December 2013)
  • “Being ‘There’: Digital Archives and Queer Affect”, Photomediations Machine, June 11, 2013. Available: http://photomediationsmachine.net/2013/06/11/being-there-digital-archives-and-queer-affect/
  • “Dragging Antigone: Feminist Re-Visions of Citizenship”, in Beyond Citizenship?: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging, ed. Sasha Roseneil (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 
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