Rebecca Coleman

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Sociology
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Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7727
Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca’s research crosses sociology, media and cultural studies and feminist theory, and she has particular interests in temporality (presents and futures); bodies, affect and new materialisms; mediated culture and images; and inventive methodologies. She is the author of three monographs and co-editor of four journal special issues, one journal special section and one book. Since 2017 she has co-directed Methods Lab (, a research centre based in the Sociology Department.

Her current research explores everyday temporal experiences. This includes a project, Mediating Presents, on the digital mediation of time, and another collaborative project, A Day at a Time (, on people’s senses of time during the Covid-19 pandemic. Both work with interdisciplinary methods and try to understand the relations between individual and collective experiences through a focus on affect and embodiment.

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Rebecca’s Mediating Presents research examines the significance of a present or ‘now’ temporality to experiences of digitally mediated culture. It was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2018-19) and has been published as a number of articles and a special co-edited issue of Media Theory (2017-2020). Rebecca is currently working on a monograph, which puts into dialogue Raymond Williams’ and more recent work on affect to develop an argument about ‘infra-structures of feeling’, digital mediation and ‘the temporal present’.

As part of the project, A Day at a Time, Rebecca co-commissioned a special directive with Mass Observation Archive. Supported by a British Academy Small Grant (2021), with Dawn Lyon (University of Kent) she is analysing the directive and developing further research in this area.

Publications include her recent monograph, Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing (2020, Goldsmiths Press), which follows glitter as it moves across different worlds (collaging workshops with girls, glitter bombing activism, films and its adornments of the outside and inside of the body). It proposes that glitter generates a plethora of politics, all of which indicate the makings of different worlds, although often not in ways that are straightforward or successful.

Her previous sole-authored books are Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures (2012, Routledge) and The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience (2009, Manchester University Press). She co-edited Deleuze and Research Methodologies (2013, Edinburgh University Press) and special issues of MAI, ‘Feminist New Materialist Practice’ (2019) and Sociological Review on ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’ (2017). This latter special issue emerged from the interdisciplinary ESRC Seminar Series on Austerity Futures: Imagining and Materialising the Future in an ‘Age of Austerity’ (2012-2014) (, which she led.



Coleman, Rebecca . 2020. Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781912685387

Coleman, Rebecca . 2012. Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-67884-1

Coleman, Rebecca . 2009. The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-7821-7

Edited Book

Coleman, Rebecca and Ringrose, Jessica, eds. 2013. Deleuze and Research Methodologies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748644117

Edited Journal

Coleman, Rebecca and Paasonen, Susanna, eds. 2020. Mediating Presents, Media Theory, 4(2).

Coleman, Rebecca ; Page, Tara and Palmer, Helen, eds. 2019. Feminist New Materialist Practice: The Mattering of Methods. Special Issue of MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Summer(4).

Coleman, Rebecca and Oakley-Brown, Liz, eds. 2017. Visualising Surfaces, Surfacing Vision, Theory, Culture and Society, 34(7-8). 0263-2764

Coleman, Rebecca and Tutton, Richard, eds. 2017. Futures in Question: Theories, Methodologies, Practices, Sociological Review, 65(3). 0038-0261

Coleman, Rebecca and Ferreday, Debra, eds. 2010. Hope and Feminist Theory, Journal for Cultural Research, 14(4). 1479-7585

Book Section

Coleman, Rebecca . 2018. Social Media and the Materialisation of the Affective Present. In: Tony Sampson; Stephen Maddison and Darren Ellis, eds. Affect and Social Media. London: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9781786604392

Coleman, Rebecca . 2018. Affective Futurity. In: Karin Sellberg, ed. Gender: Time. Farmington Hills: MI: Macmillan Reference USA. ISBN 9780028662831

Coleman, Rebecca . 2017. 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. ISBN 9781138688360

Coleman, Rebecca . 2016. Affect. In: Renée C. Hoogland, ed. Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Michigan: Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 15-26. ISBN 9780028662824

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

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


Coleman, Rebecca . 2020. Refresh: On the Temporalities of Digital Media ‘Re’s. Media Theory, 4(2), pp. 55-84.

Coleman, Rebecca and Paasonen, Susanna. 2020. Introduction: Mediating Presents. Media Theory, 4(2), pp. 1-10. ISSN 2557-826X

Coleman, Rebecca . 2020. The Presents of the Present: Mindfulness, Time and Structures of Feeling. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1600-910X

Coleman, Rebecca . 2020. Making, Managing and Experiencing ‘the Now’: Digital Media and the Compression and Pacing of ‘Real-Time’. New Media & Society, 22(9), pp. 1680-1698. ISSN 1461-4448

Harris, Ella and Coleman, Rebecca . 2020. The Social Life of Time and Methods: Studying London’s Temporal Architectures. Time & Society, 29(2), pp. 604-631. ISSN 0961-463X

Coleman, Rebecca and Osgood, Jayne. 2019. PhEMaterialist Encounters with Glitter: The Materialisation of Ethics, Politics and Care in Arts-Based Research. Reconceptualising Education Research Methodology, 10(2-3), pp. 61-86. ISSN 1892-042X

Coleman, Rebecca ; Page, Tara and Palmer, Helen. 2019. Introduction. Feminist New Materialist Practice: The Mattering of Methods. MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Summer(4), pp. 1-10.

Coleman, Rebecca . 2019. Glitter: A Methodology of Following the Material. MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, Summer(4),

Coleman, Rebecca . 2019. Digital Media and 'the Now'. Life Rewired Reads(3),

Coleman, Rebecca . 2018. Pricing Bodies: A Feminist New Materialist Approach to the Relations Between the Economic and Socio-Cultural. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 19(2), pp. 230-248. ISSN 1600-910X

Coleman, Rebecca . 2018. Theorizing the present: digital media, pre-emergence and infra-structures of feeling. Cultural Studies, 32(4), pp. 600-622. ISSN 0950-2386

Coleman, Rebecca and Oakley-Brown, Liz. 2017. Visualising Surfaces, Surfacing Vision: Introduction. Theory, Culture & Society, 34(7-8), pp. 5-27. ISSN 0263-2764

Coleman, Rebecca . 2017. A sensory sociology of the future: Affect, hope and inventive methodologies. Sociological Review, 65(3), pp. 525-543. ISSN 0038-0261

Coleman, Rebecca . 2016. Notes towards a surfacing of feminist theoretical turns. Australian Feminist Studies, 31(85), pp. 228-245. ISSN 0816-4649

Coleman, Rebecca . 2016. Austerity Futures: Debt, Temporality and (Hopeful) Pessimism as an Austerity Mood. New Formations, 87, pp. 83-101. ISSN 0950-2378

Coleman, Rebecca ; Broekhuizen, Francien; Dawes, Simon; Mikelli, Danai and Wilde, Poppy. 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

Coleman, Rebecca . 2014. Inventive Feminist Theory: Representation, Materiality and Intensive Time. Women: A Cultural Review, 25(1), pp. 27-45. ISSN 0957-4042

Coleman, Rebecca . 2014. Habit, Temporality and the Body as Movement: '5:2 Your Life'. Somatechnics, 4(1), pp. 76-94. ISSN 2044-0138

Coleman, Rebecca . 2013. Sociology and the Virtual: Interactive Mirrors, Representational Thinking and Intensive Power. The Sociological Review, 61(1), pp. 1-20. ISSN 0038-0261

Coleman, Rebecca . 2010. Past and Future Perfect? Beauty, Affect and Hope. Journal for Cultural Research, 14(4), pp. 357-373. ISSN 1479-7585

Coleman, Rebecca . 2010. Dieting Temporalities: Interaction, Agency and the Measure of Online Weight Watching. Time & Society, 19(2), pp. 265-285. ISSN 0961-463X

Coleman, Rebecca . 2008. A Method of Intuition: Becoming, Relationality, Ethics. History of the Human Sciences, 21(4), pp. 104-123. ISSN 0952-6951

Coleman, Rebecca . 2008. `Things That Stay' Feminist theory, duration and the future. Time and Society, 17(1), pp. 85-102. ISSN 0961-463X

Coleman, Rebecca . 2008. The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, media effects, and body image. Feminist Media Studies, 8(2), pp. 163-179. ISSN 1468-0777

Further profile content

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Grants and awards

2020: Feeling, Making and Imagining Time: Everyday temporal experiences in the Covid-19 pandemic
British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant

2018: Mediating Presents: Producing 'the Now' in Contemporary Digital Culture
Leverhulme Research Fellowship

2012: Austerity Futures: Imagining and Materialising the Future in an Age of Austerity
ESRC Research Seminar Series

PhD Supervision

Rebecca is currently supervising empirical and practice-based PhD research on issues related to gender and feminism, the body, media and visual culture, and visual, sensory and inventive methods.

She has supervised to completion PhD research on fashion and androgyny (Rosa Crepax), young women and austerity (Vicki Dabrowski), surrogacy and media (Lulu Le Vay) and affective labour (Heidi Hasbrouck).

She welcomes PhD applications in the areas of her research and teaching. Please contact her with a proposal to discuss applications further.