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Ben joined the University of Huddersfield in 2014 after completing his MA and PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, both of which were funded by the AHRC. He is a cultural, media and sports theorist and historian, and his existing research portfolio demonstrates a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to the study of media, film, technology and culture. He published his first monograph, Wrestling in Britain, an historical analysis of professional wrestling and sporting entertainment, in 2018 and is currently working on four major projects:

  • An analysis of contemporary professional wrestling is produced, disseminated and consumed, with a particular focus on new television platforms.
  • A 'new gaming history' study pinball arcades in the mid 20th Century.
  • A project examining families, fandom and cosplay. 
  • An examination of self-tracking and 'time leisure' discipline on the television tracking site, trakt.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Cultural studies.
  • Histories of media, sport, games and culture.
  • Professional wrestling cultures.
  • Audiences, fans and particiaptry cultures.
  • Television and new technologies.

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

Sports Medicine & Life Sciences
Leisure Activities Medicine & Life Sciences
Industry Medicine & Life Sciences
Football Medicine & Life Sciences
twitter Social Sciences
Imagery (Psychotherapy) Medicine & Life Sciences
neoliberalism Social Sciences
feminism Social Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Critical Feminist Hope: The Encounter of Neoliberalism and Popular Feminism in WWE 24: Women's Evolution

Wood, R. & Litherland, B., 2018, In : Feminist Media Studies. 18, 5, p. 905-922 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

Litherland, B., 19 Mar 2018, 1st ed. London: Routledge. 184 p. (Routledge Research in Sports History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Historical Analysis
Celebrity Culture

''Hollywood'' Hulk Hogan: Stardom, Synergy and Field Migration

Chard, H. & Litherland, B., 13 Aug 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Bruising Business: Pugilism, Commercial Culture, and Celebrity, 1700 – 1750

Litherland, B., 27 May 2016, Sports and Physical Exercise in Early Modern Culture: New Perspectives on the History of Sports and Motion. Mallinckrodt, R. V. & Schattner, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, p. 109-124 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Economic Change
1 Citation (Scopus)

Introduction: Sport's Relationship with Other Leisure Industries II: 'Products, Imagery and Spectacle'

Georgiou, D. & Litherland, B., 3 Jul 2015, In : Sport in History. 35, 3, p. 323-334 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Leisure Activities

Activities 2014 2019

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Girls Being Rey: Ethical Cultural Consumption, Families and Popular Feminism

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
24 May 201928 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Is this Progress? Punk, Participation and the (Potential) Radical Politics in British Professional Wrestling

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
24 May 201928 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Izzymania: The WWE Girl ‘Superfan’ as Contested Ideological Terrain

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
24 May 201828 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Being Rey: Media Role Models and Costuming Practices in Parenting Girls

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
24 May 201828 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation