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Personal profile

Biography

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.

Keywords

  • 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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fan Social Sciences
Fans Engineering & Materials Science
BBC Social Sciences
ritual Social Sciences
psychoanalytic theory Social Sciences
television Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
public service Social Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2018

Always-On Fandom, Waiting and Bingeing: Psychoanalysis as an Engagement with Fans' "Infra-Ordinary' Experiences

Hills, M. 2018 The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. Click, M. & Scott, S. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 18-26 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

psychoanalytic theory
fan
experience
psyche
everyday experience

Fandom

Hills, M. 2018 The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Wolf, M. J. P. (ed.). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 274-280 7 p. (Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companion)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

From Transmedia Storytelling to Transmedia Experience: Star Wars Celebration as a Crossover/Hierarchical Space

Hills, M. 2018 Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Guynes, S. & Hassler-Forest, D. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 213-224 12 p. (Transmedia; no. 3)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Implicit Fandom in the Fields of Theatre, Art, and Literature: Studying "Fans" Beyond Fan Discourses

Hills, M. 11 Apr 2018 A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies. Booth, P. (ed.). Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 477-494 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A "Cult-like" Following: Nordic Noir, Nordicana and Arrow Films' Bridging of Subcultural/Neocultural Capital

Hills, M. Nov 2017 Cult Media: Re-Packaged, Re-Released and Restored. Wroot, J. & Willis, A. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 49-65 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter