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I joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Media and Journalism in July 2016. With Professor Cornel Sandvoss I am co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture, and supervise a number of PhD students in this area, focusing significantly on media fandom and fan studies.

Prior to joining Huddersfield I was Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University, and before that I worked for more than a decade at Cardiff University, beginning as a Lecturer and leaving as a Reader.

I have written six sole-authored research monographs, starting with Fan Cultures in 2002 and coming up to date with Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event in 2015, as well as publishing more than a hundred book chapters and journal articles in the areas of media fandom, cult film/TV, and audiences in the digital era.

Research Expertise and Interests

I am interested in  any aspect of media fandom or any kind of audience study, particularly in areas that have been under-explored to date. I am also interested in cult film and TV, including programmes such as Sherlock, Doctor Who and telefantasy/science fiction TV more broadly. In terms of theoretical approaches, I have used psychoanalysis and psychosocial theory in my own fan studies’ research as well as drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. As co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture I would welcome PhD submissions in this field of study, including work on digital audiences/produsers/prosumers as well as transmedia/convergence culture.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Media Fandom
  • Audience Study
  • Cult Film
  • Cult TV
  • Telefantasy
  • Science Fiction TV
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychosocial Theory
  • Digital Audiences
  • Producers
  • Prosumers
  • Transmedia
  • Convergence Culture

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2013 2019

Anti-fandom Meets Ante-fandom: Doctor Who Fans' Textual Dislike and 'Idiorhythmic' Fan Experiences

Hills, M., 1 Jan 2019, Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age. Click, M. (ed.). New York: New York University Press, p. 102-122 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Black Mirror as a Netflix Original: Program Brand “Overflow” and the Multidiscursive Forms of Transatlantic TV Fandom

Hills, M., 7 Feb 2019, Transatlantic Television Drama: Industries, Programs, and Fans. Hills, M., Hilmes, M. & Pearson, R. (eds.). New York : Oxford University Press, p. 213-238 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: Fandom from Cradle to Grave?

Hills, M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Fandom Studies. 7, 2, p. 87-92 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Transmedia Spectacle and Transownership Storytelling as Seen on TV: Star Wars from the Holiday Special to Rebels

Hills, M., Jul 2019, Disney's Star Wars : Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception. Proctor, W. & McCulloch, R. (eds.). Iowa City: University of Iowa, p. 39-52 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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