Wearing, Sadie

Dr Sadie Wearing  


Position held

Lecturer in Gender Theory, Culture and Media


Experience keywords:

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

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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.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7194



Wearing, Sadie (2017) Troubled men: ageing, dementia and masculinity in contemporary British crime drama Journal of British Cinema and Television, 14 (2). 125-142. ISSN 1743-4521


Hemmings, Clare and Al-Ali, Nadje and Wearing, Sadie eds. (2016) Feminist review 114: food Feminist Review, 114. ISSN 0141-7789

Perrons, Diane and Lacey, Nicola and Phillips, Anne and Wearing, Sadie and Ashtiany, Saphieh and Biressi, Anita and Carter, Cynthia and Chakrabarti, Shami and Chinkin, Christine and Couldry, Nick and Criado-Perez, Caroline and DeLargy, Pamela and Dobbs, Linda and Harris, Scarlett and Himmelweit, Susan and Jenkins, Kate and Kabeer, Naila and Lovenduski, Joni and Manning, Alan and Murray, Rainbow and Negra, Diane and Neitzert, Eva and Orgad, Shani and Plomien, Ania and Sen, Purna and Spicer, Harriet and Starmer, Keir (2016) Confronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, London, UK.


Wearing, Sadie (2015) Presenting Moms Mabley, age, celebrity and comedy. In: Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, 18 - 20 June 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Wearing, Sadie and Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Gedalof, Irene (2015) Introduction to special issue on ‘frailty and debility’ Feminist Review, 111. 1-9. ISSN 0141-7789

Wearing, Sadie (2015) Deconstructing the American family: figures of parents with dementia in AM Homes’ May we be forgiven and Jonathan Franzen’s The corrections In: Swinnen, Aagje and Schweda, Mark, (eds.) Popularizing dementia: public expressions and representations of forgetfulness. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 1-25. ISBN 9783837627107

Wearing, Sadie (2015) Moms Mabley and Whoopi Goldberg: age, comedy and celebrity In: Jermyn, Deborah and Holmes, Susan, (eds.) Women, celebrity and cultures of ageing: freeze frame. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 59-76. ISBN 9781137495112


Wearing, Sadie (2014) Sexual politics considered. In: Flying: A Conference on Kate Millett, 29 - 30 May 2014, London, UK

Plomien, Ania (2014) Introduction to the section Economy In: Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. Sage Publications, Inc., London, UK. ISBN 9781446252413

Wearing, Sadie (2014) Deconstructing the American family: figures of parents with dementia in AM Homes’ May we be forgiven and Jonathan Franzen’s The corrections. In: 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology: Meaning and Culture(s): Exploring the Life Course, 10 - 12 April 2014, Galway, Ireland

Richardson, Niall and Wearing, Sadie (2014) Gender in the media Key Concerns in Media Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230284739

Himmelweit, Susan and Plomien, Ania (2014) Feminist perspectives on care: theory, practice and policy In: Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 446-464. ISBN 9781446252413

Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, eds (2014) Handbook of feminist theory Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781446252413


Wearing, Sadie (2013) Conceptualisations of silence in feminist theory. In: Symposium on Silences in Science, July 2013, London, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2013) Representing agency and coercion: feminist readings and postfeminist media fictions In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230300323

Wearing, Sadie (2013) Dementia and the biopolitics of the biopic: from Iris to The Iron Lady Dementia, 12 (3). 315-325. ISSN 1471-3012


Wearing, Sadie (2012) Acting their age?. In: Women, Ageing and Popular Cinema: A one-day research symposium, 4 May 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2012) Exemplary or exceptional embodiment?: discourses of aging in the case of Helen Mirren and 'Calendar girls' In: Dolan, Josephine and Tincknell, Estella, (eds.) Ageing Femininities: Troubling Representations. Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781443838832


Wearing, Sadie (2011) Retirement deferred. In: Symposium on Aging, Gender and Film, June 2011, Bristol, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2011) Notes on some scandals: the politics of shame in 'Vers le sud’ In: Gill, Rosalind and Scharff, Christina, (eds.) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Identity. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 173-187. ISBN 9780230223349


Wearing, Sadie (2010) Age, shame and grumpiness: analysis, representation and affect. In: Affecting Feminism: Feminist Theory and the Question of Feeling, 10 - 12 December 2010, Newcastle, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2010) Agency and coercion: feminist readings of postfeminist representations. In: Feminist Television Studies, 10 September 2010, University of Sunderland, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2009) Narratives of decline and degeneration?: representing the aging body. In: 2nd BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group Annual Conference, 20 July 2009, British Library, London, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2008) Nationalised embodiments: performing age and celebrity. In: AHRC International Conference - Crossing Cultures: Women, Ageing and Media, 5 December 2008, University of Gloucestershire, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2007) Postfeminist time and age. In: Cultural Studies Now, July 2007, University of East London, London, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2007) Notes on some scandals: shame and transgenerational sex in recent cinema. In: Ageing Femininities: Representation, Identities, Feminism, 6 October 2007, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Wearing, Sadie (2007) Subjects of rejuvenation: aging in postfeminist culture In: Takser, Yvonne and Negra, Diane, (eds.) Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Console-ing passions. Duke University Press, Durham, USA, 277-310. ISBN 9780822340140


Wearing, Sadie (2006) Adapting age: representing generations in Iris. In: Screen Studies Conference, 30 June - 2 July 2006, Glasgow, UK


Wearing, Sadie (2005) Age and sexuality in celebrity culture: the case of Helen Mirren (57). In: Celebrity Culture Conference, 12-14 September 2005, University of Paisley, Ayr, UK

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