Lisa Blackman works at the intersection of body studies, media psychology, and media and cultural theory. Her research focuses upon the broad areas of affect, subjectivity, the body and embodiment. She also has a keen interest in mental health research and activism and was one of the early pioneers of the Hearing Voices Movement. She has published six books across these areas and has developed modules in the department reflecting these interests. She came to the Department of MCCS in 1994 to develop critical media psychology with Professor Valerie Walkerdine, who she continues to collaborate with as Co-Editor of the journal 'Subjectivity' (also see 'Mass Hysteria: Critical Psychology and Media Studies', 2001, Palgrave). Lisa was a Co-Head of Department from 2016-2019.
Her work in the area of embodiment and voice hearing has been recognised and commended for its innovative approach to mental health research and it has been acclaimed by the Hearing Voices Network, Intervoice, and has been taken up in professional psychiatric contexts ('Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience', 2001, Free Association Books). She is currently a Co-Investigator on a large interdisciplinary Australian Research Council research project called, 'Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena' led by Renata Kokanovic.
Her recent research is at the intersection of body studies and affect studies, and she has published two books in these areas: 'Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation', (2012, Sage), and 'Haunted Data: Affect, Transmedia, Weird Science' (2019. Bloomsbury). She is also the Editor of the journal Body & Society (Sage). Her current research project charts the broken genealogy between narcissistic storytelling, military and psychological torture technologies and post-truth communication strategies. It is set within the context of three interrelated pandemics, Covid-19, domestic abuse, and systemic racism, and the politics of Brexit and Trumpism. It will culminate in a forthcoming book titled, 'Abuse Assemblages: Power, Post-Truth and Strategic Deception'.
She has been a member of the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths since its inception and has been a Co-Director since 2016. She was the Principal Investigator on a British Academy funded project, 'Cultures of Consent: Examining the complexity of sexual misconduct and power within Universities' with Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam (Co-investigator) and Chloe Turner (Research Assistant).
Lisa is currently the Co-convenor of the MA Media and Communications.
She also developed and teaches a third year/MA option, Embodiment and Experience, that has been running since 1998. The second edition of the book, 'The Body', that accompanies the module is to be published next year with Routledge (2021). The first edition was published in 2008 helping to inaugurate the transdisciplinary field of body studies.
Areas of supervision
Lisa supervises students across a range of interests, which cross media and cultural studies, body studies, and science studies. Currently she supervises students working within the field of affect studies and mediality; documentary film and feminist archives; and Feeling Kinship and Queer Image-Making, a Decolonial Approach.
She has supervised 13 students to completion, which include theses in the areas of performance and affect; the intergenerational transmission of memory and diaspora; queer theory and transfeminisms; postfeminism and subjectivity; chick-lit - young women and sexualisation; the New Biologies (the microbiome and epigenetics); disaster journalism, suggestion and affect; Fukishima and Hauntological Analysis.
She is interested in supervising students across the broad areas of affect studies, body studies, media psychology, mental health, and hauntological approaches to archives and data analysis.
Her current research interests are in the areas of affect and contagion (particularly in the areas of social media); experimentation across art, science and humanities; media aesthetics; critical neuroscience; mediation. She is particularly interested in phenomena which have puzzled scientists, artists, literary writers and the popular imagination for centuries, including automatic writing, voice hearing, suggestion and automatism. Lisa is part of a Wellcome-funded project, "Hearing the Voice" and will be specifically collaborating on a subproject "Voices Beyond the Self" to run from 2017-2020.
Publications and research outputs
Blackman, Lisa and Walkerdine, Valerie. 2001. Mass Hysteria, Critical Psychology and Media Studies. Palgrave Press. ISBN 978-0333647813
Blackman, Lisa, ed. 2010. Bodily Integrity special issue of Body & Society, issue 16(3), 2010., Body & Society, 16(3). 1357-034X
Blackman, Lisa and Cromby, John, eds. 2007. Affect and Feeling (International Journal of Critical Psychology), International Journal of Critical Psychology, 21. 1471 7646
Blackman, Lisa, ed. 2003. Spirituality (International Journal of Critical Psychology), International Journal of Critical Psychology, 8.
Blackman, Lisa. 2022. What kind of body does our current society demand? In: M Emgreen and I Dragset, eds. Useless Bodies? Milan, Italy: Fondazione Prada. ISBN 9788887029802
Blackman, Lisa. 2018. Queer Bodies, Machinic Perception and Dancing Beyond the Self. In: Ray Batchelor and Birthe Havmøller, eds. Queer Tango Salon London 2017 - Proceedings. Birthe Havmøller/Queertangobook.org, pp. 52-69. ISBN 9788799802425
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. Inventive Experimentation: Weird Science, Affectivity and Archives of the Future. In: Irene Hediger and Jill Scott, eds. Recomposing Art and Science: Artists in Labs. Birkhauser: DeGruyter/Springer Publications, pp. 171-186. ISBN 978-3-11-047459-6
Blackman, Lisa. 2015. The Haunted Life of Data. In: Ganaele Langloise; Joanna Redden and Greg Elmer, eds. Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. London: The Bloomsbury Press, pp. 185-209. ISBN 9781501306525
Blackman, Lisa. 2015. Researching Affect and Embodied Hauntologies: Exploring an Analytics of Experimentation. In: Britta Timm Knudsen and Carsten Stage, eds. Affective Methodologies: Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-48318-8
Blackman, Lisa. 2014. The Dissociation of Anxiety. In: Benjamin Cook and Barbara Rodriguez-Munoz, eds. The Five Year Diary Anne Charlotte Robertson. London: Lux and the Anxiety Arts Festival, pp. 4-9.
Blackman, Lisa. 2012. 'Listening to Voices: An Ethics of Entanglement'. In: Kevin Love, ed. Ethics in Social Research: Studies in Qualitative Methodology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 173-188. ISBN 978-1780528786
Blackman, Lisa. 2011. This is a Matter of Pride: The Choir: Unsung Town and Community Transformation. In: Bev Skeggs and Helen Wood, eds. Reality Television and Class. Basingstoke and New York: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 237-249. ISBN 978-1844573974
Blackman, Lisa and Harbord, Janet. 2010. Technologies of Mediation and the Affective: Taking the Virtual Environment of mediacityuk as a case study. In: D Hauptamann and W Neidich, eds. Cognitive Architecture: From Bio-politics to Noo-Politics: architecture and mind in the Age of Communication and Information. Amsterdam: O10, pp. 302-323. ISBN 9789064507250
Blackman, Lisa. 2010. ‘It’s Down to You. Psychology, Magazine Culture and the Governing of the Female Body’. In: Lori Reed and Paula Saukko, eds. Governing the Female Body: Gender, Health, and Networks of Power. State University of New York Press, pp. 19-39. ISBN 978-1438429526
Blackman, Lisa. 2005. Inventing the Psychological: Lifestyle Magazines and the Fiction of Autonomous Selfhood. In: David Morley and James Curran, eds. Media and Cultural Theory. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 209-220. ISBN 978-0415317054
Blackman, Lisa. 2002. A Psychophysics of the Imagination. In: Valerie Walkerdine, ed. Challenging Subjects. Critical Psychology for a New Millennium. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, pp. 133-148. ISBN 978-0333965092
Blackman, Lisa. 1998. Culture, Technology and Subjectivity. In: John Wood, ed. The Virtual Embodied: Practices, Theories and the New Technologies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 132-147. ISBN 978-0415160261
Blackman, Lisa. 1996. Using an Archaeology to Contest the Voice of Reason; A History of the Present Psychological Regime of Truth. In: C Tolman, ed. Problems of Theoretical Psychology. New York, Canada: Captus University Press, pp. 321-330.
Blackman, Lisa. 2021. Affective Politics, Activism and the Commons: From WECH to Grenfell. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics(103), pp. 156-180. ISSN 0950-2378
Blackman, Lisa. 2020. Couze Venn: Pioneer of Cultural, Post Colonial and Social Theory. Subjectivity, 13, pp. 1-4. ISSN 1755-6341
Duff, Cameron; Kokanović, Renata; Flore, Jacinthe; Thomas, Stuart D.; Callard, Felicity and Blackman, Lisa. 2020. Perspectives on Person-Centred Care for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Critical Research Agenda. Health Sociology Review, 29(1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 1446-1242
Blackman, Lisa. 2019. Haunted Data, Transmedial Storytelling, Affectivity: Attending to "Controversies" as Matters of Ghostly Concern. Ephemera: theory and politics in organisation, 19(1), pp. 31-52.
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. The New Biologies: Epigenetics, the Microbiome and Immunities. Body & Society, 22(4), pp. 3-18. ISSN 357-034X
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. Social Media and the Politics of Small Data: Post Publication Peer Review and Academic Value. Theory, Culture & Society, 33(4), pp. 3-26. ISSN 0263-2764
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. The Challenges of New Biopsychosocialities: Hearing Voices, Trauma, Epigenetics and Mediated Perception. The Sociological Review Monograph, 64(1), pp. 256-273.
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. Affect, Mediation and Subjectivity-as-Encounter: Finding the Feeling of the Foundling. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 5(1), pp. 32-55. ISSN 2045-5836
Blackman, Lisa; McCarthy-Jones, Simon; Castro Romero, Maria; McCarthy-Jones, Rosaline; Dillon, Jaqui; Cooper-Rompato, Christine; Kieron, Kathyrn and Kaufman, Milissa. 2015. Hearing the Unheard: An Interdisciplinary, Mixed Methodology Study of Women’s Experiences of Hearing Voices (Auditory Verbal Hallucinations). Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 181. ISSN 1664-0640
Blackman, Lisa. 2015. Affective Politics, debility and hearing voices: towards a feminist politics of ordinary suffering. Feminist Review, 111(1), pp. 25-41. ISSN 0141-7789
Blackman, Lisa. 2014. Affect and Automaticity: Towards an Analytics of Experimentation. Subjectivity, 7(4), pp. 362-384. ISSN 1755-6341
Blackman, Lisa. 2014. Immateriality, Affectivity, Experimentation: Queer Science and Future-Psychology. Transformations: Journal of Media and Culture(25), pp. 1-12.
Blackman, Lisa. 2010. Embodying Affect: Voice-hearing, Telepathy, Suggestion and Modelling the Non-conscious. Body & Society, 16(1), pp. 163-192. ISSN 1357-034X
Blackman, Lisa. 2009. The Re-Making of Sexual Kinds: Queer Subjects and the Limits or Representation. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(2), pp. 122-135. ISSN 1089-4160
Blackman, Lisa. 2008. Affect, Relationality and the 'Problem of Personality'. Theory, Culture & Society, 25(1), pp. 23-47. ISSN 0263-2764
Blackman, Lisa. 2007. Reinventing psychological matters: the importance of the suggestive realm of Tarde's ontology. Economy and Society, 36(4), pp. 574-596. ISSN 14695766
Blackman, Lisa. 2007. Feeling F.I.N.E: Social Psychology, Suggestion and the Problem of Social Influence. Affect and Feeling (International Journal of Critical Psychology), 21, pp. 23-49.
Blackman, Lisa. 2005. The Dialogical Self, Flexibility and the Cultural Production of Psychopathology. Theory and Psychology, 15(2), pp. 183-206. ISSN 0959-3543
Blackman, Lisa. 2004. Self-help, Media Cultures and the production of female psychopathology. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(2), pp. 219-36. ISSN 13675494
Blackman, Lisa. 2000. Ethics, embodiment and the voice-hearing experience. Theory, Culture and Society, 17(5), pp. 55-74. ISSN 0263-2764
Blackman, Lisa. 1999. An Extraordinary Life: The Legacy of an Ambivalence. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 36, pp. 111-124. ISSN 0950-2378
Blackman, Lisa. 1996. The Dangerous Classes: Retelling the Psychiatric Story. Feminism and Psychology, 6(3), pp. 361-379. ISSN 0959-3535
Blackman, Lisa. 1994. What is Doing History?: The Use of History to Understand the Constitution of Contemporary Psychological Objects. Theory and Psychology, 4(4), pp. 485-504. ISSN 0959-3543
Conference or Workshop Item
Reckitt, Helena; Blackman, Lisa; Wakeford, Nina and Fisher, Jennifer. 2016. 'Affect and Curating: Feeling the Curatorial'. In: Affect and Curating: Feeling the Curatorial. Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom 19 January 2017.
Blackman, Lisa. 2016. '“Academia is down at the moment; please try later” (Lisa Blackman)'. In: Affective Relationality. Freie University, Berlin, Germany.
Blackman, Lisa. 2015. 'Lisa Blackman follow-up interview to her keynote lecture at the MeCCSA-PGN 2015 Conference in Coventry.'. In: MeCCSA-PGN 2015 Conference Transformative Practice. Coventry University, United Kingdom 2015.