Dr Debra Ferreday

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

I am a feminist cultural theorist with strong research interests in gender, feminist theory, sexuality, critical race theory, queer theory and embodiment. My research engages with embodied and social aspects of new media and digital cultures, celebrity culture, media and violence, fan studies, sexuality studies and mad studies.

My current research project is Screening Rape: on the politics of popular culture, spectatorship and violence. See my article on Game of Thrones in Australian Feminist Studies.

Forthcoming 2017: special section of Feminist Theory on 'The Politics of Popular Culture'co-edited with Geraldine Harris (LICA).

I am currently involved in co-organising the third annual Hear Me Roar, Lancaster's Feminist Festival.

Currently I am on the editorial board of Cogent Social Sciences and am a member of ECREA.

‘No one is trash, no one is garbage, no one is cancelled’: the cultural politics of trauma, recovery and rage in RuPaul’s Drag Race
Ferreday, D. 20/05/2020 In: Celebrity Studies. 15 p.
Journal article

Investigating 'Fame-inism': the politics of popular culture
Ferreday, D.J., Harris, G.M. 1/12/2017 In: Feminist Theory. 18, 3, 5 p.

Only the bad gyal could do this: Rihanna, rape-revenge narratives, and the cultural politics of White Feminism
Ferreday, D.J. 1/12/2017 In: Feminist Theory. 18, 3, p. 263-280. 18 p.
Journal article

Something substantive enough to reach out and touch: the intimate politics of digital anti-rape activism
Ferreday, D.J. 24/10/2017 In: Mediated intimacies. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138621878. Electronic ISBN: 9781315208589.

"Like a Stone in Your Stomach”: articulating the unspeakable in rape victim-survivors’ activist selfies
Ferreday, D.J. 20/02/2017 In: Selfie citizenship. London : Palgrave Macmillan
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Domesticity, nostalgia and the queer temporalities of burlesque: or the sexual politics of cupcakes
Ferreday, D.J. 2017 In: G(u)ilt and Glitter. Intellect Books

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger: the queer temporalities of Jessica Jones' survivor superhero body
Ferreday, D.J. 2/12/2016
Conference paper

Beyond equality: Transparent's Gaga feminism
Ferreday, D.J. 8/11/2016 Culture Matters
Working paper

Bone of contention – why provocative feminist magazine Spare Rib still matters today
Ferreday, D.J. 15/07/2015 JISC

Game of Thrones, rape culture and feminist fandom
Ferreday, D.J. 1/06/2015 In: Australian Feminist Studies. 30, 83, p. 21-36. 16 p.
Journal article

Orange is the New Black is fast becoming a feminist classic
Ferreday, D.J. 2015 The Conversation

The feminine art of failure: queering feminist spectatorship
Ferreday, D.J. 2014 In: Quaderns de Psicologia. 16, 1, p. 141-152. 12 p.
Journal article

Digital relationships and feminist hope
Ferreday, D. 2013 In: Digital sociology . Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9780230222823.

Anorexia and Abjection: A Review Essay
Ferreday, D. 06/2012 In: Body and Society. 18, 2, p. 139-155. 17 p.
Journal article

Affect, Fantasy and Digital Cultures
Ferreday, D. 2012 In: Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 77-93. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Commentary and Criticism
Coleman, R., Ferreday, D., Tyler, I. 2012 In: Researching Gender (Fundamentals of Applied Research). Sage ISBN: 978-1446248744.

Becoming deer: Nonhuman drag and online utopias
Ferreday, D. 08/2011 In: Feminist Theory. 12, 2, p. 219-225. 7 p.
Journal article

Haunted Bodies: Visual Cultures of Anorexia
Ferreday, D. 2011 In: Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 10, 2
Journal article

Hope and Feminist Theory
Coleman, R., Ferreday, D. 2011 Routledge. 144 p.

Interview: Anne-Marie Fortier
Ferreday, D., Kuntsman, A., Fortier, A. 2011 In: Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 10, 2
Journal article

Introduction: Haunted Futurities
Ferreday, D., Kuntsman, A. 2011 In: Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 10, 2, 14 p.

Reading Disorders: Online Suicide and the Death of Hope
Ferreday, D. 10/2010 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 14, 4, p. 409-426. 18 p.
Journal article

Book review: The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque
Ferreday, D. 04/2010 In: Feminist Theory. 11, 1, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Freaky or fabulous? Michael Jackson in Balmain: the re-evaluation of Michael Jackson as fashion icon
Ferreday, D. 2010 In: Celebrity Studies. 1, 2, p. 248-250. 3 p.
Journal article

Introduction: Hope and Feminist Theory
Ferreday, D., Coleman, R. 2010 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 14, 4, 9 p.

Writing Sex Work Online: The Case of Belle de Jour
Ferreday, D. 2010 In: Wagadu : a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies. 8, p. 273-292. 20 p.
Journal article

Online Belongings: Fantasy, Affect and Web Communities
Ferreday, D. 2009 Bern : Peter Lang. 244 p. ISBN: 3039115294.

Methodological fatique and the politics of the affective turn
Tyler, I., Coleman, R.C.E., Ferreday, D.J. 1/12/2008 In: Feminist Media Studies. 8, 1, 6 p.

'Showing the girl' The new burlesque
Ferreday, D. 04/2008 In: Feminist Theory. 9, 1, p. 47-65. 19 p.
Journal article

Networked Learning a relational approach- weak and strong ties
Jones, C., Ferreday, D., Hodgson, V.E. 04/2008 In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 24, 2, p. 90-102. 13 p.
Journal article

Commentary and criticism: bodies, ethics and immanent research
Tyler, I., Coleman, R., Ferreday, D. 2008 In: Feminist Media Studies. 8, 1, p. 85-99. 15 p.
Journal article

Adapting Femininities: The New Burlesque
Ferreday, D. 2007 In: M/C Journal. 10, 2
Journal article

Computer Cross-Dressing: Queering the Virtual Subject
Ferreday, D., Lock, S. 2007 In: Queer Online: Media Technology and Sexuality. New York : Peter Lang p. 155-176. 22 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Dialogue, language and identity: critical issues for networked management learning
Ferreday, D., Hodgson, V., Jones, C.R. 2006 In: Studies in Continuing Education. 28, 3, p. 223-239. 17 p.
Journal article

Bad Communities
Ferreday, D. 2005 In: M/C Journal. 8, 1
Journal article

Unspeakable Bodies: Erasure, Embodiment and the Pro-ana Community.
Ferreday, D. 09/2003 In: International Journal of Cultural Studies. 6, 3, p. 277-295. 19 p.
Journal article