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Performative resilience: How the arts and culture support austerity in post-crisis capitalism (2019)
Journal Article
Newsinger, J., & Serafini, P. (in press). Performative resilience: How the arts and culture support austerity in post-crisis capitalism. European Journal of Cultural Studies,

Resilience is a key theme in contemporary post-crisis capitalism, prominent across government policy, popular discourses, business and management thinking and academia. This article is about the deployment of the concept of resilience in cultural pol... Read More

Introducing the Slave Next Door (2019)
Journal Article
Birks, J., & Gardner, A. (2019). Introducing the Slave Next Door. Anti-Trafficking Review, 2019(13), 66-81. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201219135

Past studies have indicated that the British public consider human trafficking to be remote from their personal experiences. However, an increase in local press reporting, alongside the emergence of locally co-ordinated anti-modern slavery campaigns,... Read More

The 'Queer Generation': Queer Community Documentary in Contemporary China (2019)
Journal Article
Bao, H. (2019). The 'Queer Generation': Queer Community Documentary in Contemporary China. Transnational Screens, https://doi.org/10.1080/25785273.2019.1662197

In this article, I chart a brief history of the queer community documentary in the PRC since the 2000s by introducing its historical conditions of emergence and development. In doing so, I highlight the activist dimension of queer filmmaking and its... Read More

A Spoonful of Sugar: Medication and the Psychoanalytic Body (2019)
Journal Article
Wright, C. (in press). A Spoonful of Sugar: Medication and the Psychoanalytic Body. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 24(4),

This article employs a Lacanian framework to re-visit the vexed relationship between psychoanalysis and medication, which, it is claimed, also pertains to debates about the status of the psychoanalytic body. Whilst acknowledging the importance of cri... Read More

Post/documentary: referential multimodality in "Animated Documentaries" and "Documentary Games" (2019)
Journal Article
THON, J. (2019). Post/documentary: referential multimodality in "Animated Documentaries" and "Documentary Games". Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication, 40(2), 269-297

From John Grierson’s influential early definition of documentary as “the creative treatment of actuality” through documentary studies’ reconstruction of the multitude of existing forms to philosophers’ attempts to develop comprehensive accounts of do... Read More

Queer eye for Chinese women: Locating queer spaces in Shitou's film Women Fifty Minutes (2019)
Journal Article
Bao, H. (2019). Queer eye for Chinese women: Locating queer spaces in Shitou's film Women Fifty Minutes. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 6(1), doi:10.1386/jcca.6.1.77_1

This article offers a critical analysis of Chinese lesbian artist, filmmaker and activist Shitou's 2006 film Women Fifty Minutes (nüren wushi fenzhong). Focusing on the representation of queer women in the film, I discern the existence and conditions... Read More

Tactical authenticity in the production of mad narratives (2019)
Journal Article
WRIGHT, C., & CLARKE, S. (2019). Tactical authenticity in the production of mad narratives. Social Theory and Health, 17(2), 15. doi:10.1057/s41285-019-00092-2

First-person accounts of madness and of encountering psychiatric services provide important sociocultural and psychological knowledge about the subjectivity of distress. The importance of such accounts is often based upon a claim of the authenticity... Read More

Visual Metafictions: Mark Fairnington's 'Mantidae' Paintings and Victorian Representations of the 'Real' (2018)
Journal Article
Elstob, I. (2018). Visual Metafictions: Mark Fairnington's 'Mantidae' Paintings and Victorian Representations of the 'Real'. Neo-Victorian Studies, 10(2), 129-158

This paper examines the contemporary British artist Mark Fairnington’s Mantidae series of paintings (2000) via the representational methods of his working process. Taking each stage of this process in turn, the paper examines key discourses... Read More

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai: Acting Sexy in Hong Kong and China (2016)
Journal Article
Gallagher, M. (2016). Tony Leung Chiu-Wai: Acting Sexy in Hong Kong and China. Asian Cinema, 27(1), 43-58. doi:10.1386/ac.27.1.43_1

To account for the complex performative and cultural phenomenon of cinematic sex appeal, this article investigates Chinese actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Leung as a regional and global star, focusing on attributes of his acting that convey sex appeal or h... Read More

Arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people: towards a ‘practice spectrum’ approach (2016)
Journal Article
Newsinger, J., & Green, W. (2016). Arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people: towards a ‘practice spectrum’ approach. Disability and Society, 31(3), 357-372. doi:10.1080/09687599.2016.1174102

This article argues for an approach to the evaluation of arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people that goes beyond the dialogic antagonism between Disability Arts and community arts, and towards a ‘practice spectrum’. Little is... Read More

A cultural shock doctrine?: austerity, the neoliberal state and the creative industries discourse (2014)
Journal Article
Newsinger, J. (2015). A cultural shock doctrine?: austerity, the neoliberal state and the creative industries discourse. Media, Culture and Society, 37(2), 302-313. doi:10.1177/0163443714560134

A number of writers have made the argument that the development creative industries policy discourse in the United Kingdom and elsewhere represents the articulation of a politics that is neoliberal in character. The marginalisation of Blairism in the... Read More

On Javier Bardem’s sex appeal (2014)
Journal Article
Gallagher, M. (2014). On Javier Bardem’s sex appeal. Transnational Cinemas, 5(2), 111-126. doi:10.1080/20403526.2014.959296

Film studies has interrogated the erotic appeal of male stars chiefly through attention to bodily display, addressing onscreen men's availability for or resistance to a theorized gaze. Yet cinematic sexiness depends not only on display of the body, b... Read More