Red Chidgey joined the Department of CMCI in 2014 as Lecturer in Gender and Media. She previously lectured in Cultural Politics at the University of East Anglia and held a research fellowship at the University of Salzburg (Austria).
Red is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersections of gender studies, media and cultural studies, and memory studies. Her previous research projects examined feminist media production in Europe (2008-2010), young women as creators of new cultural spaces (2008, both funded by the Austrian Science Fund), and do-it-yourself zine cultures (2007, EU 6th Framework).
Her first book, Feminist Afterlives: Assemblage Memory in Activist Times (Palgrave Macmillan) offers a theoretical framework for examining how social movement memories travel across cultural, heritage, commercial and protest sites.
She is currently researching the Afterlives of Protest through an AHRC funded research network grant.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
Red is interested in supervising PhD students in any of the following areas:
- Social movements, the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) and the creative industries
- Cultural memory, activism and the arts
- Celebrity, brand and digital feminisms
- Social justice projects and cultures
- Do-It-Yourself cultures and civic participation
- Creative and collaborative methodologies
Red adopts ethnographic and discourse analytical approaches in her research. She draws on assemblage theory and methodologies to examine the cross overs between the grassroots, the mainstream and the institutional, and the interrelations between the analogue and the digital.
Her latest project examines rapid response collecting by museums and archives following the global anti-Trump Women’s March.
Red is co-chair of the Memory & Activism working group of the Memory Studies Association.
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Red is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is passionate about developing student-centred teaching approaches, and in hosting interactions with practitioners from media, arts and heritage organisations.
Red teaches in the fields of cultural memory, gender studies, research methodologies, and the politics of representation. She is Programme Director of the MA Cultural and Creative Industries.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Red is regularly involved in public lectures, including invited talks at the Barbican and Tate Modern. She is happy to speak to the media about any area of her research expertise.
Red was a UK national expert for FRAGEN, a pan-European digital memory project archiving key feminist texts.
She was a collaborator for Making Art, Making Media, Making Change (Austrian Science Fund), an arts-based initiative developing feminist educational resources for girls and young women.
More recently, Red co-organised Clear Lines, a four-day arts festival bringing together academics, journalists, campaigners, artists and the public to talk about sexual assault and consent.