Dr Neil Ewen joined the School of Media and Film in February 2015. He holds a first-class BA (hons) in English Studies with Film and Media Studies from the University of Stirling (2001), and a MA (2003) and PhD (2010) from the University of East Anglia, where he wrote a thesis on football culture and national identity in England and Scotland.
Neil’s research interests lie in the politics of contemporary media and culture. From an interdisciplinary critical media and cultural studies perspective, he writes about celebrity, sport, politics and politicians, film, television, and journalism. He regularly presents his work at conferences in the UK and abroad, and his writing has appeared in a variety of academic publications. He is the co-editor, with Shelley Cobb, of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). He is also the Cultural Report section editor of the journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge).
He is currently working on a number of different projects. With David Zeglen, he is editing a special issue of Celebrity Studies called National Populists: Right-wing Celebrity Politicians in Contemporary Europe. With Shelley Cobb and Hannah Hamad, he is editing a special issue of Television and New Media on the cultural politics of the TV show Friends. And with Alan Grattan, Marcus Leaning and Paul Manning, he’s editing a collection emerging from a conference on Capitalism, Crime and Media, hosted at the University of Winchester in April 2016. He is also co-writing a book on Generation X, celebrity and nostalgia, and working on a monograph.
Neil convenes the Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series, and is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), the British Society of Sports History (BSSH), and the Political Studies Association (PSA).
Areas of expertise
- Critical media studies | Cultural Studies | Celebrity Studies
- Critical Theory | Ideology | Political Economy
- Globalization | Neoliberalism | Nationalism | National identity
- Nostalgia | cultural memory
- Generation X and 1990s popular culture
- First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics, eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
Edited Special Issues
- National Populists: Celebrity Right-wing Politicians in Contemporary Europe, co-edited with David Zeglen, Celebrity Studies (forthcoming, 2017).
- The Cultural Politics of Friends, co-edited with Shelley Cobb and Hannah Hamad, Television and New Media (forthcoming, 2017).
- "Introduction", co-authored with Shelley Cobb in First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics, eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (2015).
- Section introductions, “Golden Couples”, “Kinship”, “Marriage”, “Love” in First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics, eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (2015).
- The Good, The Bad, and The Broken: Forms and Functions of Neoliberal Celebrity Relationships in First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics, eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (2015).
- John Terry and the Predicament of Englishness: Ambivalence and Nostalgia in the Premier League Era, Sport in History, 33:4, 465-487, Dec 2013. DOI:10.1080/17460263.2013.850268
- Team GB, or No Team GB, That Is The Question: Olympic Football and the Post-War Crisis of Britishness, Sport in History, June 2012. DOI:10.1080/17460263.2012.681357
- The Age of Nigel: Farage, the Media, and Brexit, in Dan Jackson, Einar Thorsen, and Dominic Wring (eds), EU 2016 Referendum Analysis: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics, July 2016, (PSA, CSJCC Bournemouth University, CRCC Loughborough University). Available here
- It's all over now: the spectacle of celebrity divorce, co-authored with Shelley Cobb, Celebrity Studies, (forthcoming 2016)
- Wedding! Divorce! Scandal! And taking celebrity relationships seriously…, co-authored with Shelley Cobb, 2015. Available here.
- Nigel Farage: Celebrity Everyman, in Dan Jackson and Einar Thorsen (eds) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics (PSA and CSJCC Bournemouth University). Available here.
- All That's Bad in the English Game? Sports Scandals and Englishness, In Media Res, 2 Dec 2011. Available here.
- Understanding Celebrity (2nd ed.), by Graeme Turner, Celebrity Studies, (forthcoming 2016).
- The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal, by Orin Starn, Celebrity Studies, 6:1, 144-147, Jan 2015. DOI:10.1080/19392397.2015.995901
- Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport, edited by Carrington, B. and McDonald, I., International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 3:2, 301-303, 2011. DOI:10.1080/19406940.2011.579865
- (En)Gendering a Nation, Review of Contemporary Scottish Women Writers, eds. Aileen Christianson and Alison Lumsden, English: Journal of the English Association, 53:206, 169-171, 2004. DOI:10.1093/english/53.206.168
- Slackerwipe: Contemporary Celebrity Journalists and Generation X Authenticity, Celebrity Studies biennial conference, University of Amsterdam (July 2016).
- If I don’t input those numbers…it doesn’t make much of a difference”: Insulated Precarity and Gendered Labour in Friends, Keynote address, MA Film and Screen Cultures Dissertation Symposium, University of Roehampton (June 2016).
- Hiding in Plain Sight on the ‘Anti-Establishment’ Right”: Nigel Farage, Celebrity Politics, and Affective Eccentricity, RKE Symposium, University of Winchester (April 2016).
- Taking Down This Virtual Reality: Corporate Crime and Capitalist Realism in Mr Robot, Capitalism, Crime and Media conference, University of Winchester (April 2016.
- If I don't input those numbers…it doesn't make much of a difference: Insulated Precarity and Gendered Labour in Friends, Console-ing Passions, UCD, Dublin (June 2015).
- Hiding in Plain Sight on the 'Anti-Establishment' Right: Nigel Farage, Celebrity Politics, and Affective Eccentricity", SCMS Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada (March 2015)
- Behind Every Man? The Value of the WAG in Western Media Culture, co-authored with Shelley Cobb, Celebrity Studies biennial conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (June 2014).
- Pomp, Circumstance, and 'Multicultural Crap': A Critical Analysis of the London 2012 Olympic Ceremony and Other Recent British Events, SCMS annual conference, Seattle, WA. (22 March 2014).
- In a Galaxy Far, Far Away?: The Beckhams as a Globalized Couple, 2007 – the Present SCMS annual conference, Chicago, IL. (9 March 2013).
- John Terry and the Betrayal of English Football: The Historical Decline of National Character and Style, British Society of Sport History annual conference, London, (11 September 2010).
- Doesn't it make you proud to be Scottish?: political devolution and cinematic representations of Scottishness, National PCA/ACA Conference, San Diego, CA. (26 March 2005).
- The flowering of Scotland: Glasgow in cinema since 1990, City and Literature Conference, Oxford University (20 September 2003)
Presentations by Invitation
- More than twice the influence: coupledom and kinship in stardom and celebrity culture, co-presented with Shelley Cobb, Film Department, University of Southampton, (5 May 2015)
- It takes two: celebrity couples, neoliberalism and aspirationalism, co-presented with Shelley Cobb, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin (1 February 2012)
- Football, national identity, and the post-war crisis of Britishness, Sport Research Cluster, School of Education, University of Southampton (11 November 2009)
- Blair, Brown, Britishness and football, School of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia (5 February 2007)
- Towards the condition of cinema: Alasdair Gray's Lanark and narratives of Scottishness, Identities and Cultures in Europe: Mellon Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, University College London (2 February 2005)
- Scotland in the novel and fiction film since 1979, School of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia (17 May 2004).
- The early days of a better nation?: contemporary narratives of Scottishness in cinema and the novel, University of Aberdeen (28 April 2004).
Performances, Exhibitions and Installations
- Ultimate Celebrity Couples 2016, STV Productions, Channel 5, 27 July 2016.
I provided expert commentary on this two-hour show.
- Live Chat: Celebrity Power Couples, Canada.com, 10 September 2012
An hour-long, live chat session, answering questions from the public about the academic study of celebrity.
- Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 1 September 2010.
I was interviewed live about corruption in sport, with particular reference to match-fixing allegations concerning the Pakistan cricket team.
- Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 9 March 2010.
I participated in a live discussion with the author Tom English about sport and national identity, specifically with regard to English's book The Grudge (2010), sporting rivalry between England and Scotland, and the film Invictus (2010).
- Editor, Cultural Report section, Celebrity Studies (Routledge) (July 2015 – )
- Peer Reviewer, Television and New Media (SAGE), Celebrity Studies (Routledge), and Sport in History (Routledge).
- Convener, Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series, University of Winchester, (2015 – )
- Co-organizer, Capitalism, Crime and Media conference, University of Winchester, 22 April 2016.
- Co-organizer, Celebrity Couples conference, University of Southampton, 24 November 2012.