Beccy Collings

Beccy Collings


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Personal profile


Beccy Collings joined the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in 2014.  She holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia (‘Shedding Light on Dark Comedy: an examination of humour and aesthetics in British Dark Comedy television’), a BA (hons) in History and an MA in Media, Culture and Identity from Roehampton University, and a PGCE (Post-compulsory Education and Training).

Since 2005 she has worked variously in Further and Higher Education as a Lecturer at Truro College (Classical Civilisation and History), Associate Tutor for University of Plymouth Colleges (Foundation Degree History, Heritage and Archaeology), and Associate Tutor for the University of East Anglia (School of Film, Television and Media Studies).

Key Research Interests

Beccy’s main research areas focus around television and film aesthetics, comedy, and celebrity studies, and she is particularly interested in the use and representation of the human body and physicality in film, television, and celebrity culture (especially within television comedy, professional wrestling, and the Adult Film industry).

Her PhD research examined how dark comedies on British television borrow (and subvert) the aesthetics of genres associated with graphic portrayals of human physicality and pathologised behaviour, deriving humour from displays of the fragile integrity of the human body and mind.

Teaching Interests

Within the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, Beccy teaches on the modules ‘Humanities: the Key Concepts I’ and ‘Humanities: the Key Concepts II’.  She is also the Teaching Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

Her past teaching at UEA has included the undergraduate modules ‘Humanities: Techniques and Methods’, ‘Cultural and Creative Industries’ and ‘Introduction to Visual Cultures’ (Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities), ‘Interrogating Culture’ and ‘Analysing Film and Television’ (School of Film, Television and Media Studies).

Her past module organising and teaching at Foundation Degree level includes modules on ‘Study Skills’, ‘The Cornish Mining Industry: History or Heritage?’, ‘An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain’, ‘Industry and Society in Britain 1750-1900’, and Final Major Project supervision (University of Plymouth Colleges, FdA History, Heritage and Archaelogy).

Beccy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

External Activities


10 November 2018

'"The more you know!" - The Power of the Performer in Dark Sketch Comedy' at Casts and Casting: Perspectives from Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, University of Hertfordshire

23 June 2017

‘The Modern Day “Wound Man”? Professional Wrestling and Wound Culture’ at the Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability and the Media conference, University of Westminster

19 May 2017

‘Newspaper column or political stand-up routine? Frankie Boyle in the Guardian’ at the Stand-Up Politics? Populism, Comedy and Popular Culture conference, University of East Anglia

14 September 2016

‘British Dark Comedy television and the bodily aesthetics of the “proper person”’ at the Mock the Weak: Comedy and the Politics of Representation conference, Teeside University

3 September 2016

‘“We can’t have a world without death, David!” Confronting mortality in British dark comedy programmes’ at the Death and Culture conference, University of York

28 June 2015

‘In on the joke: language, belonging, and playing along in online comedy fandom. A case study of the Trailer Park Boys’’ at the Fan Studies Network Conference, University of East Anglia

2 July 2014

‘Humour Matters: British television comedy and the great “Are Women Funny?” debate’ at the Humanity Matters: Humanities Matter Sixth Form Arts and Humanities Conference, Norwich Castle

20 September 2013

‘Funny as a Funeral:  Depictions of Grief and Mourning in British Dark Comedy Television’ at the Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture Conference, Falmouth University

24 November 2012

‘The Perfect (Pornographic) Marriage? Audrey Hollander and Otto Bauer’ at the Celebrity Couples Conference: An interdisciplinary conference exploring the cultural politics of celebrity coupledom and relationships, University of Southampton

Public Engagement:

Beccy is particularly interested in Widening Participation in Higher Education, and is involved with school, college, and mature student outreach at UEA.  She has run a number of interactive workshops at various schools, sixth form conferences and HE taster events for the Humanities Outreach team and through the Schools: University Partnership Initiative.  Some examples include:

Workshop titled ‘Who is the Perfect Let’s Player?’ for young people at the 2017 Norwich Gaming Festival, held at the Forum in Norwich

Workshop on Comedy and Communication for sixth form students, teachers, and academics at the ‘Humanity Matters: Humanities Matter’ Sixth Form Arts and Humanities Conference, held at Norwich Castle

Workshop on Gender and Comedy for Year 10 students at the Higher Education Getaway ‘Living on the Edge: Borders and Boundaries in the Humanities’ event

Workshop on The Office and Dark Comedy for Year 10 students at Norwich School as part of the Schools: University Partnership Initiative

Workshop on Mockumentary Television for local college students as part of a Sixth Form Conference at UEA

Administrative Posts

Beccy is currently the Teaching Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.  She has previously held the roles of Course Director for the Humanities Foundation Year programmes, Deputy Plagiarism Officer for the Foundation Year, and Peer Assisted Learning Officer in the School of Film, Television and Media.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being