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Biography

Dr Neil Ewen is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Media and Communication. He gained his BA at the University of Stirling (2001) and his MA (2003) and Ph.D. (2010) at the University of East Anglia. Prior to arriving at Winchester in 2015, he taught at UEA, the University of Southampton, and the University of Portsmouth.

Neils research interests lie in the politics of contemporary media and culture. From a 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 of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and Capitalism, Crime and Media in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019). He is also the Cultural Report section editor of the journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge).

Neil convenes the Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series, and sits on the Faculty RKE and Senate RKE committees as a representative for his department and faculty. He is Co-convener of the Culture-Media-Text Research Centre and sits on the REF2021 Working Group for Unit 34. He is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), and the Political Studies Association (PSA). He also serves as the External Examiner for the MA Film Studies at University College Dublin (2018-2021) and the BA Social Media Management at the University of Sunderland (2018-2022).

Areas of expertise

  • Critical media studies | Cultural Studies | Celebrity Studies
  • Critical Theory | Ideology | Political Economy
  • Globalization | Capitalism | Nationalism | National identities
  • Nostalgia | cultural memory
  • Generation X and 1990s popular culture

Publications

Books

Edited Special Issues

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

  • Neil Ewen 2017. Politics, charisma, and the celebrity spectre of Nigel Farage. UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics. eds. D. Jackson, E. Thorsen, D. Lilleker.Bournemouth: PSA, CSJCC Bournemouth University. Available here
  • Neil Ewen 2016. The Age of Nigel: Farage, the Media, and Brexit. EU 2016 Referendum Analysis: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics. eds. D. Jackson, E. Thorsen, D. Wring.Bournemouth. Bournemouth: PSA, CSJCC Bournemouth University, 86. Available here.
  • Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen. 2015.Introduction in First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics, eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen.
  • 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.
  • Neil Ewen 2015. Nigel Farage: Celebrity Everyman. UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign: Early reflections from leading UK academics.eds. D.Jackson and E. Thorsen.Bournemouth. Bournemouth: PSA and CSJCC Bournemouth University, 99. Available here

Book Reviews

  • 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. Available here
  • 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. Available here
  • (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

Editorial

  • Neil Ewen 2018. Cultural Report: Australia Celebrity Dossier Introduction. Celebrity Studies 9. (1). Available here
  • Neil Ewen 2017. Cultural Report: Korea Celebrity Dossier Introduction. Celebrity Studies, 8. (1). Available here
  • Neil Ewen 2016. Cultural Report: Nordic Celebrity Dossier Introduction. Celebrity Studies, 7. (3). Available here

Other publications

  • Wedding! Divorce! Scandal! And taking celebrity relationships seriously, co-authored with Shelley Cobb, 2015. Available here.
  • All That's Bad in the English Game? Sports Scandals and Englishness, In Media Res, 2 Dec 2011. Available here.

Conference Presentations

  • "Jonathan Meades: The anti-celebrity as public intellectual". SCMS, Seattle, WA. (March 2019).
  • "I'm trying to work on my social anxiety: Capitalism, 90s nostalgia and the crisis of masculinity in Mr Robot". Console-ing Passions, Bournemouth University (July 2018).
  • An unholy alliance: Trump and Farages Celebrity Populism". Celebrity Studies Conference, Sapienza University, Rome (June 2018).
  • "Where is my mind?: Capitalism, Crisis and 90s Nostalgia in Mr. Robot". SCMS, Toronto, Canada (March 2018).
  • Somewhere between a Martin Scorsese film and a scene from the heyday of the Third Reich: Trump and Farages blossoming populist union. Love Across the Atlantic: An Interdisciplinary Conference on US-UK Romance, University of Roehampton (June 2017).
  • All Political LivesEnd in Failure: Enoch Powell, Nigel Farage, and the Limits of the Celebrity Politician.Political Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Strathclyde (April 2017).
  • All Political LivesEnd in Failure: Enoch Powell, Nigel Farage, and the Limits of the Celebrity Politician. Culture-Media-Text Research Centre Symposium, University of Winchester (April 2017).
  • "Celebrity Politics and Englishness"Sharing Expertise in English Issues Seminar, University of Winchester (March 2017).
  • "Nigel Farage, Celebrity Politics, and the rise of Populism in Europe" Political Studies Association, Media and Politics Group, Annual Conference, London School of Economics and Political Science (December 2016).
  • "Slackerwipe: Contemporary Celebrity Journalists and Generation X Authenticity", Celebrity Studies biennial conference, University of Amsterdam (July 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 numbersit 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

  • "If I dont input those numbersit doesnt 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).
  • "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).

Media Appearances

  • Ultimate Celebrity Couples 2016, STV Productions, Channel 5, 27 July 2016. Expert commentary.
  • Live Chat: Celebrity Power Couples, Canada.com, 10 September 2012. Live chat session, answering questions from the public about the academic study of celebrity.
  • Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 1 September 2010. Live interview about corruption in sport.
  • Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales, 9 March 2010. Live discussion about sport and national identity.

Professional Activities (selected)

  • Editor, Cultural Report section, Celebrity Studies (Routledge) (July 2015 present)
  • External Examiner, MA Film Studies, University College Dublin (2018 - 2021)
  • External Examiner, BA Social Media Management, University of Sunderland (2018 - 2022)
  • Peer Reviewer: Routledge, Television and New Media (SAGE), Celebrity Studies (Routledge), Sport in History (Routledge), Kosmorama (Danish Film Institute).
  • Convener, Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series, University of Winchester, (2015 present)
  • Co-organizer, Capitalism, Crime and Media conference, University of Winchester (22 April 2016).
  • Co-organizer, Celebrity Couples conference, University of Southampton (24 November 2012).
  • Organizing committee, Celebrity Studies Conference, Sapienza Univerity, Rome (26 - 28 June 2018).
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