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My research explores changing practices of gender through media, spanning digital self-representational practices, popular culture and self-branding. I am particularly interested in mediated cultures of femininity, feminism and women's role in contemporary understandings of life, work, and successful selfhood. My work has appeared in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Social Media + Society, the European Journal of Cultural Studies and the Journal of Gender Studies.

External positions

University of Newcastle

31 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

Research area keywords

  • gender
  • affect
  • digital culture
  • race
  • social change
  • youth
  • Popular Culture

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Projects 2018 2019

Gender and Education Association funding application 2019

Kanai, A. & Coffey, J.


Project: Research

AWGSA support for feminist event

Kanai, A. & McCann, H.


Project: Other

Research Output 2015 2019

  • 11 Article
  • 3 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Encyclopaedia / Dictionary Entry

Affirmative Advertising and the Mediated Feeling Rules of Neoliberalism

Gill, R. & Kanai, A., 18 Feb 2019, Neoliberalism and the media. Meyers, M. (ed.). New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Between the perfect and the problematic: everyday femininities, popular feminism, and the negotiation of intersectionality

Kanai, A., 3 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cultural Studies. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

From “can-do” girls to insecure and angry: affective dissonances in young women’s post-recessional media

Dobson, A. S. & Kanai, A., 2019, In : Feminist Media Studies. 19, 6, p. 771-786 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Gender and Relatability in Digital Culture Managing Affect, Intimacy and Value

Kanai, A., 2019, 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 195 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

On not taking the self seriously: Resilience, relatability and humour in young women’s Tumblr blogs

Kanai, A., 2019, In : European Journal of Cultural Studies. 22, 1, p. 60-77 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review