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Dr Kirsty Fairclough
Dr Kirsty Fairclough
postal addressAdelphi Building, Room A101.
email addressk.fairclough@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 2956060
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Arts & Media
From September 2012 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Communication, Cultural & Media Studies
From January 2010 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

Associate Dean: Research and Innovation

My research covers a cross-disciplinary field including Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Film Studies, with a particular focus on celebrity, and stardom, popular comedy and gender, feminism, popular music and contemporary Hollywood.

Other research interests lie in the areas of social media and online gossip discourses, music documentary and music video.

Key Qualifications
1998
First class
2000
2012
Nothing Less Than Perfect: Postfeminism, Celebrity and the Makeover in Popular Culture. My thesis is concerned with the prevalence and promotion of a new paradigm in popular culture that posits both celebrity and makeover tropes as inherently postfeminist. The research seeks to evidence that both celebrity and makeover cultures are pertinent vehicles for the promotion of postfeminism and within this, often narrow conceptions of femininity. I also examine both contemporary makeover and celebrity culture within a feminist framework and seeks to examine how these two arenas have converged, how cosmetic surgery has become normalised due to this merging and how the obsession with physical perfection has led to the vilification of celebrities who do not conform to prescribed notions of beauty and/or ideal femininity. The research aims to bring together contemporary approaches to the understanding of both celebrity and makeover culture with recent theories of gender in a postfeminist context and acknowledges the complex pleasures, fears and desires that are present within these paradigms and seeks to present a viewpoint that takes in the intricacies of such a position.
Key Publications
Authored Books
Refereed Journal Articles
Audio/Visual Materials
Book Sections
Edited Books
Encyclopedia Entries
Guest Editorships of Journals
Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
Reviews
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2016
May
2015
May

The conference presents a timely reconsideration of the critically acclaimed programme with the announcement of its return to television after a twenty five year hiatus. In the meantime, cultures of television production, circu... more >>.

2010
Feb
2007
May
The Big Reveal: Style, Class and Industry- First International LIfestyle Television Conference. - Co-organiser
Conference Presentations
2014
Jul
2013
Sep
2013
Jun
2013
Jun
2012
Dec
2012
Nov
2012
May
2011
Dec
2009
Jun
2009
May
2008
Jun
2004
Jul

Gender, Taste and Television, Visions II Broadcasting Histories Conference, University of Central Lancashire, July 2004

2004
Jun

Women's Work? - Wife Swap and the Reality Problem, MeCCSA Women's Media Studies Network Gender/Reality TV Seminar, University of Manchester, June 2004

2002
Dec

I'm A Celebrity Analyse Me! - Celebrity Reality TV and the Cult of Confession, MeCCSA Annual Conference, University of Reading, December 2002

External Examiner Duties
2014
Jun

 BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies.

Invited Papers and Lectures
2015
Mar

 http://www.salford.ac.uk/news/social-media-and-feminism

2014
Dec
This lecture explored how pop artist Beyonce embodies the tensions between the media and feminist, black feminist and post-feminist voices in popular culture. It examined Beyonce's music and imagery in popular culture and explored... more >>.
2014
Apr
2014
Mar
2013
Dec
2012
Sep
2008
Feb
An Introduction to The Coen Brothers, Cornerhouse
Media Appearances
2013
Jan

 http://www.channel4.com/news/lance-armstrong-on-oprah-what-does-he-gain

2012
Mar
2008
Oct

2008
Jul
Memberships of External Bodies
2009
Apr