Rebecca Coleman

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Position Reader
Department Sociology
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Rebecca Coleman

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 on courses in media and cultural studies, sociology, and gender studies.


Rebecca teaches on the MA in Visual Sociology, the MA in Gender, Media, Culture and the MA in Brands, Communication, Culture. She has also taught on the BA in Sociology and the BA in Media and Sociology.

Areas of supervision

Rebecca is supervising empirical and practice-based research, including projects on girls and body image, mixed-race identities, and embodied and sensory experiences of sport.

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.

Research Interests

Over the past few years, Rebecca has been working on temporality, with a focus on futures and presents, and on affect, feminist new materialisms and inventive methodologies. Recent publications in this area include a special issue of Sociological Review on ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’ (2017, edited with Richard Tutton). This special issue emerged out of the ESRC Seminar Series on Austerity Futures: Imagining and Materialising the Future in an ‘Age of Austerity’ (2012-14), which she led, and the book Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures (2012, Routledge). See Publications List for other publications.

She is currently working on two projects on temporality. The first is a project titled Mediating Presents: Producing ‘the Now’ in Contemporary Digital Culture, which examines how the present is stretched and condensed via engagements with different digital media. This project is supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2018-2019. The second is a book, provisionally entitled Glitterworlds: The Temporal Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing (Goldsmiths Press), which follows glitter across a number of sites, including collaging workshops with girls, glitter bombing and various glitter body decoration, as well as its entanglement with the environment. It develops an account of the various temporalities and politics that glitter might generate.

Other forthcoming publications include an edited special issue of the online open access journal, MAI: Journal of Feminist Visual Culture, on ‘Feminist New Materialist Practice’ (forthcoming, with Tara Page and Helen Palmer). She has also recently edited a special section of Theory, Culture and Society on ‘Visualising Surfaces, Surfacing Vision’ (2017, edited with Liz Oakley-Brown).

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 image-making sessions with teenage girls.

Rebecca is a Book Series Editor of Future Media, Goldsmiths Press: please contact her for more information on this series.



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; 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


Harris, Ella and Coleman, Rebecca. 2020. The Social Life of Time and Methods: Studying London’s Temporal Architectures. Time & Society, 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. 2019. Making, Managing and Experiencing ‘the Now’: Digital Media and the Compression and Pacing of ‘Real-Time’. New Media & Society, ISSN 1461-4448

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. 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

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