Dr Rebecca Saunders
Teaching Fellow in Digital Cultures
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 5257
Address Department of Digital Humanities
S3.38, Strand Building
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS
Research Interests and PhD supervision
Rebecca studied for 1st class BA and MA degrees in English Literature at the University of St Andrews and King’s College respectively. She undertook her funded PhD at King’s in the Digital Humanities and English Departments: the project was concerned with both the development of pornographic film in digital culture and the relationship between the sexual body and contemporary capitalism and is now a monograph in Palgrave Macmillan’s Dynamics of Virtual Work series.
Rebecca has taught in both the English and Digital Humanities Departments at King’s since 2012 and gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.
Rebecca’s research interests reflect her background of interdisciplinary study:
- Digital economies and postindustrial labour
- Big data
- Contemporary sexuality and its relationship to digital culture
- The posthuman
- Video game studies and computer generated imagery
- Modern critical theory, especially (post)feminist, queer and neo-Marxist theory
- Sexuality and gender in literature and cinema, especially fin-de-siècle lesbian literature and postmodern literature
- Postcolonial literature
Articles and Chapters
- Saunders, R. (forthcoming) Virtual Work and Digital Sex: Contemporary Capitalism’s Reshaping of the Sexual Body, Palgrave Macmillan
- Saunders, R. (forthcoming) ‘Alternative Gonzo and the Problem with Postfeminist Empowerment: The Work of Porn Star Sasha Grey’, Porn Studies, Routledge.
- Saunders, R. (2016) ‘ “Open Wide and Say ‘Aah’ ”: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography’, Performing Sexual Liberation: The Sexualized Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography, H. Brunskell-Evans (ed), Cambridge Scholars.
- Saunders, R. (2014) ‘The Pornographic Paratexts of Pornhub’, Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture, N. Desrochers and D. Apollon (eds), IGI Global.
Expertise and public engagement
Rebecca has been teaching students in the private and public Higher Education sectors for a decade. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded Cambridge University’s English Language Teaching Award in 2008.
Rebecca is committed to student-centred pedagogy and teaching innovation and has undertaken extensive training in mental health awareness and pastoral care.
She teaches modules at King’s on issues of identity in digital culture, digital economies, big data and surveillance, digital subcultures, digital activism and protest, digital journalism, video game studies and digital research methods.
Rebecca has lectured widely, including talks at the international Taboo Conference (University Durham, in collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna), the Performing Sexual Liberation conference (University of Leicester) and the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts conference (University of Greenwich), the Royal School of Arts and Institute of Historical Research (‘Re-Wiring the Body: Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled’).
She writes for the blog Notches: The History of Sexuality and has contributed to developing policy proposals in conjunction with the Campaign Against Sex Robots group.
In 2018 she is speaking at the International Gender Symposium in London and the Ars Electronica festival and conference in Austria.