Rebecca Coleman joined the department in September 2013. Before coming to Goldsmiths, she was a Lecturer at Lancaster University from 2006-2013, where she taught across courses in media and cultural studies, sociology, and gender studies.
Rebecca is the convenor of the MA in Visual Sociology, and also teaches on the MA in Brands, Communication, Culture, the MA in Gender, Media, Culture, and the BA in Sociology.
Areas of supervision
Rebecca Coleman is supervising empirical and practice-based projects, including on girls and body image, affective labour, austerity and feminism, mixed-race identities, fashion and androgyny, surrogacy and media representations, embodied and sensory experiences of sport.
She welcomes PhD applications in any of the areas of her research and teaching. Feel free to contact her to discuss applications further.
Research Interests: temporality, and especially presents and futures; visual and sensory sociology (including affect); bodies and materiality; inventive methodologies; social, cultural and feminist theory.
Over the past few years, she has been working on temporality, with a focus on futures and presents. This work includes leading an ESRC Seminar Series on Austerity Futures: Imagining and Materialising the Future in an ‘Age of Austerity’ (2012-14), and a number of publications, including Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures (2012, Routledge) – see publications list for more details.
She is currently working on two projects on temporality. The first, titled Engaging Futures: Methods, Materials, Media, develops a series of visual, sensory and inventive methodologies for researching futurity, drawing on work in the new materialisms especially. The second explores contemporary cultural repertoires through which the present is experienced and embodied, including anxiety and alertness, comfort, hope and pessimism. She is also developing interdisciplinary projects on methods for studying time, and publications concerned with surfaces.
This current research builds from previous work, including the books, Deleuze and Research Methodologies (co-edited with Jessica Ringrose, 2013, Edinburgh University Press) and The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience (2009, Manchester University Press). The latter book developed a feminist Deleuzian approach: taking up concepts of affect, intensity and immanence, it argued that bodies and images be understood as entwined processes of becoming. The research involved different kinds of interviews, including an image-making session.
Futures in Question: Theories, Methodologies, Practices
Coleman, Rebecca and Tutton, Richard, eds. 29 July 2016. Futures in Question: Theories, Methodologies, Practices, Sociological Review, . 0038-0261
Coleman, Rebecca. March 2016. Affect. In: Renée C. Hoogland, ed. Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Michigan: Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 15-26. ISBN 9780028662824
Calculating Obesity, Pre-emptive Power and the Politics of Futurity: The Case of Change4Life
Coleman, Rebecca. 2016. Calculating Obesity, Pre-emptive Power and the Politics of Futurity: The Case of Change4Life. In: Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh, eds. Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data. London: Routledge, pp. 176-190. ISBN 9781138852846
Developing speculative methods to explore speculative shipping: Mail art, futurity and empiricism
Coleman, Rebecca. 2016. Developing speculative methods to explore speculative shipping: Mail art, futurity and empiricism. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. London: Routledge.
'Be(come) Yourself Only Better': Self-transformation and the Materialisation of Images
Coleman, Rebecca. 2011. 'Be(come) Yourself Only Better': Self-transformation and the Materialisation of Images. In: Laura Guillaume and Joe Hughes, eds. Deleuze and the Body. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 144-164. ISBN 9780748638642
Notes towards a surfacing of feminist theoretical turns
Coleman, Rebecca. 15 December 2016. Notes towards a surfacing of feminist theoretical turns. Australian Feminist Studies, 31(85), pp. 228-245. ISSN 0816-4649
A sensory sociology of the future: Affect, hope and inventive methodologies
Coleman, Rebecca. 14 December 2016. A sensory sociology of the future: Affect, hope and inventive methodologies. Sociological Review, 00, pp. 1-20. ISSN 0038-0261
Transformative Images, Temporality and Infra-structures of Feeling: An Interview with Rebecca Coleman
Coleman, Rebecca; Broekhuizen, Francien; Dawes, Simon; Mikelli, Danai and Wilde, Poppy. 15 February 2016. Transformative Images, Temporality and Infra-structures of Feeling: An Interview with Rebecca Coleman. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 9(1), pp. 1-8. ISSN 1755-9944
Austerity Futures: Debt, Temporality and (Hopeful) Pessimism as an Austerity Mood
Coleman, Rebecca. 2016. Austerity Futures: Debt, Temporality and (Hopeful) Pessimism as an Austerity Mood. New Formations(87), pp. 83-101. ISSN 0950-2378
Inventive Feminist Theory: Representation, Materiality and Intensive Time
Coleman, Rebecca. May 2014. Inventive Feminist Theory: Representation, Materiality and Intensive Time. Women: A Cultural Review, 25(1), pp. 27-45. ISSN 0957-4042
Habit, Temporality and the Body as Movement: '5:2 Your Life'
Coleman, Rebecca. March 2014. Habit, Temporality and the Body as Movement: '5:2 Your Life'. Somatechnics, 4(1), pp. 76-94. ISSN 2044-0138
Sociology and the Virtual: Interactive Mirrors, Representational Thinking and Intensive Power
Coleman, Rebecca. February 2013. Sociology and the Virtual: Interactive Mirrors, Representational Thinking and Intensive Power. The Sociological Review, 61(1), pp. 1-20. ISSN 0038-0261
Dieting Temporalities: Interaction, Agency and the Measure of Online Weight Watching
Coleman, Rebecca. July 2010. Dieting Temporalities: Interaction, Agency and the Measure of Online Weight Watching. Time & Society, 19(2), pp. 265-285. ISSN 0961-463X
A Method of Intuition: Becoming, Relationality, Ethics
Coleman, Rebecca. 2008. A Method of Intuition: Becoming, Relationality, Ethics. History of the Human Sciences, 21(4), pp. 104-123. ISSN 0952-6951
`Things That Stay' Feminist theory, duration and the future
Coleman, Rebecca. 2008. `Things That Stay' Feminist theory, duration and the future. Time and Society, 17(1), pp. 85-102. ISSN 0961-463X
The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, media effects, and body image
Coleman, Rebecca. 2008. The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, media effects, and body image. Feminist Media Studies, 8(2), pp. 163-179. ISSN 1468-0777