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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


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

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 9 Article
  • 2 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Encyclopaedia / Dictionary Entry

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

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

Mediating Neoliberal Capitalism: Affect, Subjectivity and Inequality

Gill, R. & Kanai, A., 2018, In : Journal of Communication. 68, 2, p. 318-326 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Beyond Repudiation: The Affective Instrumentalisation of Feminism in Girlfriendly Spaces

Kanai, A., 3 Jul 2017, In : Australian Feminist Studies. 32, 93, p. 240-258 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

DIY Culture

Kanai, A., 27 Nov 2017, Keywords in Remix Studies. Navas, E., Gallagher, O. & burrough, X. (eds.). New York USA: Routledge, p. 125-134 10 p.

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