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I studied English and Media studies (BA) at the University of Sussex, then gained an MA in film from the University of Southampton. I then undertook a PhD on the subject of British film and television in the 1950s (also at the University of Southampton), specifically the early relations between the two media, in the form of the first ‘cinema programmes’ on television. In my first full-time teaching job at the Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) I taught Media and Cultural studies, before moving on to teach television and film at the University of Kent. I joined UEA as Reader in Television in 2007, where I primarily teach in the areas of introduction to Television Studies; theoretical approaches to television, and the subject of celebrity. I was appointed to Professor in 2018.
My research focuses on different areas spanning celebrity culture; popular British television (such as Reality TV or quiz shows); British television history; and feminist approaches to eating disorders. In my historical research on British television (the books British TV and Film in the 1950s, Entertaining TV: the BBC and Popular Programme Culture in the 1950s), I have been keen to challenge received ideas about British television history, whether with regard to its relations with the film industry in the early years, or the canonical ideas about early BBC television rejecting notions of the ‘popular’. With regard to British reality TV, I have examined aspects of historical development, issues of generic labeling and circulation, and questions of celebrity. In addition to this, my work on celebrity has aimed to contribute to historical knowledge about British television and celebrity, as well as feminist approaches to the field. I also co-founded the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies (2010) and edited it for the first 8 years of its life.
Since 2014 I have done considerable work in the different field of feminst approaches to eating disorders, especially anorexia. This has involved analysing media representations of anorexia (YouTube for example) and particularly doing empirical work with people with lived experience. A key focus of my research has examined how feminist approaches are neglected in contemporary treatment for eating disorders and the implications of this both clinically and culturally.
I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in a broad range of areas, whether popular television, the intersection between television/ film history, British TV history, stardom/celebrity, feminist approaches to eating disorders/ the body.
Key Research Interests
Research interests - Popular television, British television history; celebrity; feminist approaches to eating disorders.
I currently run the Feminist Media Studies research cluster.
Co-editor and co-founder of the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies until 2018 http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rcel20
- Co-editor (with Dr Deborah Jermyn) of the 'TV Genres' book series for Edinburgh University Press until 2020.
- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Critical Studies in Television, Big Data and Society, Archives of Psychology, Celebrity Studies.
- External examiner for the BA (Hons) Television Studies degree at the University of Surrey,
- External examiner for the MA in Film and Television at the University of Warwick (2008-10)
Areas of Expertise
British TV history; popular TV, celebrity, feminist approaches to eating disorders.
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An open invitation to productive conversations about feminism and the spectrum of eating disorders (part 1): Basic principles of feminist approachesLaMarre, A., Levine, M. P., Holmes, S. & Malson, H., 19 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Eating Disorders. 10, 54.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)
An open invitation to productive conversations about feminism and the spectrum of eating disorders (Part 2): Potential contributions to the science of diagnosis, treatment, and preventionLaMarre, A., Levine, M. P., Holmes, S. & Malson, H., 19 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Eating Disorders. 10, 55.
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Key stakeholder perspectives on primary care for young people with an eating disorder: A qualitative studyMalson, H., Tischner, I., Herzig, H., Kitney, D., Phillipps, C., Norweg, S., Moon, J., Holmes, S., Wild, K. & Oldham-Cooper, R., Mar 2022, In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 32, 2, p. 288-301 14 p.
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Regulating “untrustworthy patients”: Constructions of “trust” and “distrust” in accounts of inpatient treatment for anorexiaHolmes, S., Malson, H. & Semlyen, J., Feb 2021, In: Feminism and Psychology. 31, 1, p. 41-61 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
“The fact she has anorexia fits in perfectly”: Beverley Allitt, self-starvation and media narratives of criminal femininityHolmes, S., 2021, In: Women's Studies in Communication . 44, 1, p. 1-22 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)