Professor Rosalind Gill
Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1019
Culture, Media and Creative Industries
King’s College London
4D Chesham Building
Rosalind Gill completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG), Loughborough University in 1991, and has since worked across a number of disciplines including Sociology, Gender Studies and Media and Communications. She has been based at Goldsmiths College, the Open University and spent 10 years at the LSE before moving to King’s College London to take up a position as Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis in 2010.
In press/accepted for publication
Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Creative Industries (ed. With Mark Banks and Stephanie Taylor) Routledge
*Postcolonial Girl: Migrant audibility and Intimate Activism Interventions:International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (with Imogen Tyler, in press)
‘Agency, sex and postfeminism’ in Madhok,S., Phillips,A. & Wilson,K. (eds) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Palgrave Macmillan (with Ngaire Donaghue)
"The sexualisation of culture?" Social and Personality Psychology Compass vol 6 / 7 – July 2012
"Media, Empowerment and the "Sexualization of Culture" Debates" Sex Roles vol.66 – May 2012
New Feminitities: Postfeminism, Identity and Neoliberalism (Ed. with Christina Scharff), Palgrave 2011
‘Spicing it up: Sexual entrepreneurs and The Sex Inspectors’ in Gill, R & Scharff,C. (eds.) New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neo-liberalism and Subjectivity. Palgrave (with Laura Harvey)
‘Lad flicks: Discursive reconstructions of masculinity in popular film’ In Radner,H & Pullar,E. (eds.) Feminism at the Movies (with David Hansen-Miller), New York: Routledge
‘Bend it like Beckham? The challenges of reading gender in visual culture’ in Reavey,P. (ed) Visual Psychologies. London & New York: Routledge. )
Professor Gill is known for her research interests in gender and media, cultural work, new technologies and mediated intimacy. Her work also has a strong methodological focus, particularly in discursive, narrative and visual methods. For the last decade her research has made a significant contribution to debates about the “sexualization of culture”. She enters this contested and polarized field bringing an emphasis upon difference – particularly the ways in which differently located groups (by age, class, gender, sexuality, vulnerability, etc) are positioned by and in relation to sexualization – and upon new ways of thinking about the relationship between culture and subjectivity – how what is “out there” gets “in here” to shape our sense of self. Rosalind is currently working on a 4 year Marsden (Royal Society) project exploring how “tween” (9-12 year old) girls negotiate living in an increasingly sexualized culture.
During 2010 and 2011, Rosalind Gill (along with Meg Barker, Emma Renold and Jessica Ringrose) hosted an ESRC seminar series called "Pornified? Complicating the debates about the sexualisation of culture". The series featured artists, academics, policy -makers and activists presenting different aspects of contemporary concerns about 'sexualisation'. An archive of some of the papers and artworks can be found at http://pornifiedseries.drupalgardens.com
An interest in the dynamics of discrimination and inequality is also central to Professor Gill’s research. In the early 1990s she coined the term ‘new sexism’ to capture the ways in which discourses and practices of gender discrimination change and mutate under new conditions, and has developed this analysis with her interest in postfeminism. For many years she has been interested in the conditions of labour for people working in the cultural and creative industries, and particularly in the disturbing new (class, gender, age and racialized) inequalities developing in fields (paradoxically) known for being ‘cool, creative and egalitarian’.
Professor Gill contributes to both of CMCI’s core courses.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Current PhD students
Professor Gill is currently supervising 6 PhD students, with a further 3 starting in the autumn. She is no longer able to take on PhD students, and would direct interested applicants to look at her colleagues’ web pages.
Feyza Akinerdem is investigating the new ‘marriage shows’ on Turkish TV and how they fit into changing constellations of gender, nation and postcoloniality
Sara de Benedictus
Ana Sofia Elias is looking at body normativity and complicity/agency – moving beyond the binary to a more complicated position.
Laura Harvey is conducting research on sexual negotiations and condom use.
Kirsten Kohrs seeks to investigate the visual in advertising and to produce a systematic understanding of how visual codes operate to convey meaning.
Milena Kozic is examining humour in Seinfeld and Frasier.
Anna Watts is researching sex education, gender and feminism in Poland.
Former PhD students
Rosalind has supervised more than 20 PhD students to successful completion. Many have gone on to have impressive academic careers in their own right (e.g. Dr. Roisin Ryan Flood, Dr Elisabeth Kelan, Dr JongMi Kim, and Dr Karen Throsby).
Professor Gill has also examined more than 50 Doctoral theses in the UK and beyond.
Professor Gill has had funding from across the spectrum of Research Councils, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations including the Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), The British academy (BA), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Commission and the United Nations (both UNESCO and the UNCSW). She sits on numerous editorial boards and advisory boards. Professor Gill is an internationally recognized research leader, who has led large-scale transnational research projects. She is regularly called upon as an advisor, keynote speaker and expert media commentator on her areas of expertise.