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Emma Beckett

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Women's Studies with Sociology from The University of North London in 2002. In 2005 I began a part-time MA in Women's Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford and graduated in 2007 with a distinction. My thesis, "Behind the Screens: Women, Alt-porn & Cyber-Sexuality" explored on-line identities, cyber alter egos and sexuality in women's self-managed alternative pornography.

I am currently in my fourth year of a part-time PhD in Women and Gender Studies, part of the Sociology department here at Warwick.

My research is supervised by Prof. Deborah Steinberg and focuses on Women Tattoo Artists - using interviews and conversations to explore experiences of the tattoo industry and subculture - specifically, How Women Artists Negotiate Femininities in a Once Male-Dominated Industry.

Themes explored within the research include:

Body Work; Body Modification; Emotional Labour; Aesthetic Labour; Subculture and Subcultural Authorship; Subcultural Capital; Feminist Art; The Grotesque/Carnivalesque; Feminist Aesthetics; Femininity, Identity & Performativity.

Other academic interests include:

Subculture; French Feminist Theory, Postmodern Feminist Theory; Gender & Sexuality; TV, Film & Popular Culture; The Sociology of Art; Cyber Communities.

For the past 4 years I have been teaching Researching Society & Culture as part of the Undergraduate Sociology degree programme.

I am the co-founder/co-editor of Feminist Magazine, GoodSister/BadSister (see link opposite)

In any spare time I happen to fall upon, I enjoy listening to a very eclectic music collection, playing saxophone, drooling over muscle cars, watching Tarantino movies and reminiscing about the 90s.



Emma Beckett


E dot C dot Beckett at warwick dot ac dot uk





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