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School of Arts and Media

Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Associate Dean: Research and Innovation

Biography

I am Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media and have taught in the Higher Education sector since 1998 across the areas of Media, Film and Cultural Studies. I have significant experience in leading international and UK partnership development in the creative industries as well as in the HE sector, with a particular emphasis on North America.

I have lectured at international institutions including The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Second City Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, Middle Tennessee State University, The University of Copenhagen and Unisinos, Brazil.

With an international research career, I have published widely on popular culture, chiefly celebrity studies and the audio-visual mediation of popular music. I am a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and has most recently published on celebrity with a particular emphasis on ageing narratives and female celebrity.

My latest publications can be found here: https://kirstyfairclough.wordpress.com

My international conferences on popular culture including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV and (2015and Mad Men: The Conference (2016) have generated significant research outputs and I recently delivered Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince, the world’s first international conference on the life and legacy of the music icon Prince. http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/prince-conference/

I am a public speaker on popular culture appearing on BBC News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera UK as well as local commercial radio.

Teaching

I currently supervise PhD students across the fields of television, film, media and cultural studies and welcome proposals in these fields.

Research Interests

Research Interests
My research covers an inter-disciplinary field across cultural studies, media studies and film studies, with a particular focus on celebrity as a cultural phenomenon. My current work is focussed in the following areas:

  • Celebrity culture and gender representations.
  • Prince as a cultural icon.
  • Beyoncé and celebrity feminism.
  • Ageing narratives and female celebrity.
  • Music video and representations of female sexuality.
  • Gender and contemporary Hollywood stardom.
  • Television comedy and gender.

I have published widely on popular culture and is the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave).

Qualifications and Memberships

QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • PhD: Media and Cultural Studies, University of Salford.
  • MA Screen Studies from The University of Manchester.
  • BA (Hons) Media and Performance (1st class), University of Salford.

Membership:

  • Full Member of the Cultural, Communication and Media Research Group
  • Chair of Women’s Voice Network.
  • Member the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of SCMS, MeCCSA, MEIEA, IASPM and the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network.

Publications

Books:

2017. Arnold, G, Cookney, D Fairclough, K, Goddard, M (co-editor) Music/Video. New York, Bloomsbury.

2015. Edgar, R, Fairclough, K Halligan, B and Spelman, N (co-editor) The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment. New York, Bloomsbury.

2013. Fairclough, K & Halligan, B & Edgar, R (co-editor) ‘The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop’, Routledge, New York, United States.

Books accepted for publication and in press:

2019. Fairclough, K and Willis, A. American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction, London. (Palgrave 2019)

2019. Fairclough, K and Wood, J. Pop Stars in Film. (Manchester University Press)

2018. Fairclough, K and Alleyne, M. Prince: An Interdisciplinary Life (Manchester University Press)

2018. Fairclough, K. Beyoncé: Celebrity, Feminism and Pop Culture. London. I.B Tauris.

Book chapters:

2016. Fairclough, K. Soundtrack Self: FKA twigs, Music Video and Celebrity Feminism in Arnold, G, Cookney, D Fairclough, K, Goddard, M (eds) (2016) Music/Video. New York, Bloomsbury.

2015. Fairclough, K. Beyonce: Performing Female Empowerment in the Arena Concert in Edgar, R, Fairclough, K, Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) 2015 The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment. Bloomsbury, New York.

2015. Fairclough, K. ‘Growing old in the spotlight: Social Media and Ageing ‘, in: Martin, W & Twigg, J (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Cultural Ageing, Routledge, London.

2015. Fairclough, K. “Prime Time: Jane Fonda, ‘Appropriate’ Ageing and the Re-Making of a Hollywood Persona.” in Lasting Screen Stars: Personas that Endure and Images that Fade. Bolton, L and Lobalzo- Wright, J (eds) Palgrave, London.

2015. Fairclough, K & Willis, A. ‘Steven Spielberg and the Rise of the Celebrity Film Director’, in: A Companion to Steven Spielberg, Wiley Blackwell, London.

2014. Fairclough, K. ‘Hollywood’s Golden Girls: Meryl, Helen, and Judi: Actresses Ageing Appropriately’’, in: Whelehan, I & Gwynne, J (eds.), Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Palgrave, London

2013. Fairclough, K. ‘Nothing less than perfect: female celebrity, ageing and hyper-scrutiny in the gossip industry’, in: Female Celebrity and Ageing Back in the Spotlight, Routledge, London.

Journal special issues:

2018. Celebrity Studies (Routledge) Fame-inism: Celebrity Culture and Feminism.

2016. Senses of Cinema: Twin Peaks and Audiovisual Aesthetics. Senses of Cinema

2016. Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives: Twin Peaks, Reception and Consumption. SERIES

Journal Articles:

2014. Fairclough, K. Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance. in: ‘Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Columbia College Chicago’, Springer, Chicago, USA, pp.91-98. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Volume 136, 201

2014. Fairclough, K. Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance. in: ‘Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Columbia College Chicago’, Springer, Chicago, USA, pp.91-98. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Volume 136, 201

2012. Fairclough, K. “Death Becomes Her? – Ageing, Female Celebrity, and Hyper- Scrutiny in the Gossip Blog – Celebrity Studies Special Issue, ‘Back in the spotlight: Ageing and Female Celebrity.” Routledge.

2012. Fairclough, K. “Death Becomes Her? – Ageing, Female Celebrity, and Hyper- Scrutiny in the Gossip Blog – Celebrity Studies Special Issue, ‘Back in the spotlight: Ageing and Female Celebrity.” Routledge.

2008. Fairclough, K, “Fame is a Losing Game: Celebrity Gossip Blogging, Bitch Culture and Postfeminism”, Genders, Issue 48. 2005 Fairclough, K ‘I’m A Celebrity- Analyse Me: the Appeal of Reality TV’, Flow TV Online Journal, Volume 1, 1.1

2004. Fairclough, K 2004, ‘Women’s Work?: Wife Swap and the Reality Problem ‘, Feminist Media Studies. Routledge, Vol 4 No 3, pp.344-348.