Dr Jilly Kay

Dr Jilly Kay


Lecturer in Media and Communication

Office: 2.17 Bankfield House

Email: jilly.kay@le.ac.uk

Telephone: 0116 229 7455


  • BA English Literature (Cardiff)
  • MA Journalism (UWE)
  • PhD Television History (De Montfort)


I joined the School as a Lecturer in Media and Communication in January 2018, having previously worked here as a Research Associate. I have previously taught at De Montfort University and the University of the West of England.

My research is rooted in feminist media and cultural studies. My main interests are in talk-based television, and my forthcoming monograph (with Palgrave) explores the historically shifting relationships between gender, television and voice. I also have research interests in reality television, the mediation of the women’s suffrage movement, and British-South Asian wedding photography and videography. All of my research is animated by an abiding concern with social inequalities, most especially as they relate to gender and class.

I am currently module leader for MS3000 Media and Gender, and I contribute to several other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

I co-convene the Media and Gender research group.

I am Deputy Director for Equalities in the School.

I am Assistant Editor for the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

My academia.edu page




Gender, Television and Voice: Women’s Talk in Television’s Public Spheres (forthcoming, Palgrave)

Something Old, Something New: the Wedding Spectacle Across Contemporary Cultures (forthcoming, with Routledge’s Interdisciplinary Gender Studies series) *with Helen Wood and Melanie Kennedy (eds.)

(2016) The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media. Jefferson: McFarland * with Cat Mahoney and Caitlin Shaw (eds.)

Peer-reviewed journal articles

(in preparation with Media History) ‘Gender, media and protest: the framing of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison in British newspapers, 1913-2013’. * with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2015) ‘Speaking bitterness: second wave feminism, television talk, and the case of No Man’s Land’ in Feminist Media Histories, 1(2), pp.64-­‐89.

(2014) ‘”The Sunday Times among them”: Good Afternoon! and the gendering of afternoon television in the 1970s’ in Critical Studies in Television, 9(2), pp.74-­‐93.

(2014) ‘Framing the cuts: An analysis of the BBC’s discursive framing of the austerity agenda’ in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 15(6), pp. 754-­‐772. * With L. Salter

(2011) ‘The UWE student occupation’ in Social Movement Studies 10 (4), pp.423-­‐429. *with L. Salter

Book chapters

(forthcoming 2018) ‘Feminism in the Press and the Feminist Press: Newspaper Representations of Suffragettes in Britain and Ireland’ in A. Bingham and M. Conboy (eds.) Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press. Edinburgh University Press. * with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2017) ‘The working class, reality television and illegitimate cultural labour’ in Andrea Press and June Deery (eds.) Media and Class. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.  * with Helen Wood and Mark Banks

(2016) ‘Dreaming of the ‘good life’: gender, mobility and anxiety in Wanted Down Under’ in R. Moseley, H. Wheatley and H. Wood (eds.) Television for Women: New Directions. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. *with Helen Wood

(2016) ‘Watch the Woman, ‘rogue’ feminism, and 1980s television for women’ in The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media. Jefferson: McFarland.

(2016) ‘Introduction’ in K. Mendes (ed.) Gender and the Media (Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies Series). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.* with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2014) ‘Home Comforts? Gender, media, and the family’ in Martin Conboy and John Steel (eds.) The Routledge Companion to British Media History. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 122-­‐132. *with Kaitlynn Mendes

(2014) ‘”Media virgins versus political lions”: Historicising the gender politics of Question Time’, in L. Mee and J. Walker (eds) Cinema, Television and History. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp.182‐199.

Book reviews and other

(2017) ‘Late to the party? The past, present, and future of Cultural Studies’ (review essay) in European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20th anniversary special issue.

(2017) ‘Book review: Consumerism on TV by Alison Hulme’ in Journal of Popular Film & Television.

(2016) ‘100 Voices that Made the BBC: Watching at Home’, BBC website. Available at: www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/birth‐of‐tv/watching‐at‐home *with Helen Wood

(2016) ‘Book review: Presumed Intimacy: Para-­‐Social Relationships in Media, Society and Celebrity Culture by Chris Rojek’ in LSE Review of Books.

(2015) ‘Talk shows’ in Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. *with Helen Wood

(2015) ‘Book review: Reality TV by June Deery’ in Sociologica: Italian Review of Sociology Online.

(2013) ‘Book review: “Domesticating the Airwaves”’, in Feminist Media Studies. 13 (1), pp.174-­‐17

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