Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Reader, School of Digital Arts

Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at SODA. An academic with over 20 years research, teaching and leadership experience, Kirsty has a cross disciplinary screen studies profile encompassing, celebrity studies, the audio visual mediation of popular music, (with an emphasis on the life and legacy of Prince) and gender representation in popular film. She is Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival and a Digital City Festival Advisory Board member.

Email: k.fairclough@mmu.ac.uk

Kirsty has significant experience in leading international and UK partnership development in the cultural sector and HE sectors, with a particular emphasis on the USA. She has lectured at New York University, The Royal College of Music Stockholm, Columbia College Chicago, Bucknell University Pennsylvania and Middle Tennessee State University.

Kirsty has written widely on popular culture and is the co-editor of Prince and Popular Music (Bloomsbury), The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury), The Legacy of Mad Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television (Palgrave), Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury).

Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and has been featured on BBC News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Manchester, and in The Guardian and Creative Review amongst others.

Kirsty is the co-curator of Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film and curator of In Her View: Women Documentary Filmmakers film seasons at HOME, Manchester.

Kirsty has supervised numerous doctoral candidates in a variety of screen studies areas and is keen to discuss potential PhD research projects.