Dr Gemma Commane

Lecturer in Media and Communications

Birmingham School of Media
0121 331 5712

Dr Gemma Commane is a Lecturer in Media and Communications, and an active researcher in the fields of media and cultural studies, and gender and sexuality. Gemma’s academic background is in Media and Cultural Studies, with a BA in Communication, Culture and Media (Coventry University, 2005) and an MA in Continental Philosophy (University of Warwick, 2006). Gemma’s PhD (awarded by University of Kent in 2012) was a sociological and ethnographic enquiry into female sexual identity in burlesque, fetish and BDSM clubbing cultures.

She is committed to social and cultural change and was part of the research team for CITISPYCE (funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme) at Aston University in 2015. Her research interests focus on contemporary cultural studies, gender and sexuality, queer studies, dirt and stigma, burlesque striptease and queer performance art, the pornography debate, alternative femininities and ethnography. She is currently working on several areas of research, specifically: bad girls and dirty bodies, queering sexualities and protest, ethnography and affective research, and ‘Kinktrepreneurship, Sexwork and Social Media.’

Gemma is a reviewer for the Journal of Youth Studies, SAGE Open, YOUNG Nordic Journal of Youth Research, SQS-Journal (Finland Queer Studies Association Journal), and Health, Risk & Society. Gemma has also reviewed books, including a review of Katrien Jacobs’ book ‘The afterglow of women’s pornography in post-digital china,’ for Sexualities. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of MeCCSA and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Areas of Expertise
Postgraduate Supervision
Links and Social Media