Academic and Teaching Profile 

I am currently a lecturer in Media and Communication at the Birmingham School of Media at BCU, and the Media and Comms Degree Leader. I teach primarily on the BA Media and Communication programme (broad course), and I am module leader for The Media, Gender and Identity, Popular Culture and Studying the Media.

I teach theory on the BA in Media and Communication, and also supervises a range of PhD research projects on the Media and Cultural Studies PhD programme.

BA – Media and Communications

• Researching the Media 

• Dissertation Supervision

• Managing Projects and Dissertations

• Gender, Sexuality and the Body

• Sex, Texts and Activism

• Queer Studies and Popular Dissidence

• Alternative Lifestyles

MA – Cultural Theory
CV with full career history available on request: Gemma.commane@bcu.ac.uk

Areas of expertise:

  • Contemporary cultural studies
  • Alternative constructions of femininity
  • Entrepreneurship within BDSM and kink (Kinktrepreneurship)
  • Gender and sexuality (inc. dirt and stigma, queer studies, LGBTQ+)
  • Neo-burlesque and queer performance art
  • Ethnography
  • Researcher positionality and reflexivity

Areas of current research:

My research interests focus on contemporary cultural studies, alternative constructions of femininity, entrepreneurship within BDSM and kink, gender and sexuality, dirt and stigma, neo-burlesque / queer performance art and ethnography. I am currently working on several areas of research, specifically: bad girls and dirty bodies, emotion and researcher positionality in ethnographic research, and entrepreneurship in kink, sex work and social media.

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