Patricia Routh


PGCert Research
University of Hull 2014

MSc Digital Media
University of Hull 2010-2011

BFA Sculpture/New Media
Kansas City Art Institute 1983-1985


PhD topic

The Creative Practice of

Selfies: Playful Expression and Subversion in Digital Culture


  • Third Year

    Brief Description of PhD topic

    My research explores vernacular creative practices in digital spaces related to selfie production. With a focus on post-structuralist theories, representation and class, the perspectives and creative practices of individuals that resist or subvert normative cultural representation with their online self-imaging are investigated to broaden the standard definition of what selfies and creative practice mean to underrepresented groups within a digitally-mediated life.


    PhD Supervisors


  • Dr. Melanie Kennedy
  • Dr. Tracy Simmons



  • Routh, Patricia. 'The Politics of Transformation: Selfie Production of the Visually Marginalised' in Karatzogianni, A., Nguyen, D. and Serafinelli, E. (eds) The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere: Conflict, Migration, Crisis and Culture in Digital Networks, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Routh, Patricia. A poststructuralist review of selfies: Moving beyond heteronormative visual rhetoric. for(e)dialogue, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 4-14, mar. 2016. ISSN 2398-0532.




  • The Politics of Transformation: Selfie Performativity Beyond of the Hegemonic Visual Rhetoric', PhD Seminar 2015, University of Leicester, Department of Media and Communication, Bankfield House.


  • Gender Performativity and Selfie Creation: Beyond the Binaries of Heteronormative Visual Rhetoric, 2015, NDiMR New Directions in Research, University Of Leicester, Department of Media and Communication.


  • Affect and Memory in Selfie Production, 2014, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.


  • Remembering, Transforming and Distributing Ourselves With Mobile Phone Photography, 2013, Department of Social Sciences, Wilberforce, University of Hull.


  • New Aesthetic Nostalgia as a Bridge to the Present, 2012, MaMRI- Media & Memory Research Initiative.

    Service to Department


  • PhD Representative 2015-2016
  • Associate Editor - for(e)dialogue
  • Conference Coordinator NDiMR 2016
  • Branding, Web Design and Content Producer - MeCCSA PGN 2016


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