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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.

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neoliberalism Social Sciences
Pleasure Medicine & Life Sciences
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Research Output 2012 2019

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

Rachel Wood, Litherland, B. & Elizabeth Reed, 29 Aug 2019, In : Cultural Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cultural behavior
role model
political actor

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
Motion Pictures
3 Citations (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

Activities 2014 2019

  • 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

Working a Scene: Multi-Subscription Video and the Intersecting Narrative Worlds of British Professional Wrestling

Benjamin Litherland (Speaker)
5 Sep 20187 Sep 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

Press / Media

Big Daddy to Toni Storm: The revival of British wrestling

Benjamin Litherland


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment