Dr. Gemma Commane is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the Birmingham School of Media at BCU, and an active researcher in the fields of media and cultural studies, and gender and sexuality. She is also Media and Comms. Degree Leader. Her academic background is in Media and Cultural Studies, but she also specialised in Continental Philosophy. Gemma’s doctoral research was a cultural, sociological and ethnographic enquiry into female sexual identity in burlesque, fetish and BDSM clubbing cultures.
Gemma’s 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.
She is currently working on her monograph: ‘Bad Girls, Dirty Bodies: Sex, Performance and Safe Femininity’ (I.B.Tauris 2018/19). Another area of research she is presently working on is: ‘Kinktrepreneurship, Sexwork and Social Media.’
Gemma is committed to social and cultural change and was part of the research team for CITISPYCE (funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme). She is a reviewer for the Journal of Youth Studies, SAGE Open, YOUNG Nordic Journal of Youth Research, SQS-Journal (Finland Queer Studies Association Journal), and Health, Risk & Society. Gemma has also reviewed books, including a review of Katrien Jacobs’ book ‘The afterglow of women’s pornography in post-digital china,’ for Sexualities. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of MeCCSA and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
2012 – PhD, Media and Cultural Studies (University of Kent)
2006 – MA, Continental Philosophy (University of Warwick)
2005 – 1st Class BA (Hons.) Communication, Culture and Media Studies (Coventry University)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).