• 18 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


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.

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Research Output

Girls being Rey: ethical cultural consumption, families and popular feminism

Wood, R., Litherland, B. & Reed, E., 3 Jul 2020, In : Cultural Studies. 34, 4, p. 546-566 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian

    Von Lunen, A. (ed.), Lewis, K. J. (ed.), Litherland, B. (ed.) & Cullum, P. (ed.), 4 Sep 2019, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 294 p. (Routledge Approaches to History)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

    Chard, H. & Litherland, B., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 58, 4, p. 21 - 44 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 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
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


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

    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

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

    Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)

    24 May 201928 May 2019

    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

    Press / Media

    Big Daddy to Toni Storm: The revival of British wrestling

    Benjamin Litherland


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment