Professor Carolyn Pedwell

Professor in Digital Media

Research Overview

Carolyn Pedwell is Professor in Digital Media in the Sociology Department at Lancaster and the author of three monographs: Revolutionary Routines: The Habits of Social Transformation (McGill-Queens UP, 2021); Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014); and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice: The Rhetorics of Comparison (Routledge, 2010). She is also the co-editor (with Gregory J. Seigworth) of The Affect Theory Reader 2: Worldings, Tensions, Futures (Duke UP, 2023).

Prior to arriving at Lancaster, Carolyn was Professor (and Reader and Senior Lecturer) of Cultural Studies and Media at the University of Kent (2014-2024), Senior Lecturer (and Lecturer) in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University (2009-2014), and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London (2008). Carolyn has been Visiting Scholar at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney (2013), the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London (2013-2014), and the Gender Institute, London School of Economics (LSE) (2008-2011). Carolyn completed her PhD in Gender Studies at the LSE in 2007.

Professor Pedwell’s research interests include digital media and culture; emotion and affect; habits and social change; media, cultural and social theory; and feminist, queer, critical race and decolonial theories.

Carolyn’s current research is focused on socio-political, cultural, and affective histories of AI and digital computing. Her British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2024-2025), ‘Speculative Machines and Us: Intuition, AI and the Making of Computational Cultures’, is developing a post-war genealogy of human-machine relations in Britain and North America oriented around shifting conceptualisations of intuition, with reference to ‘artificial intuition’.