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PhD projects

I am interested in supervising projects in the areas of - gender, race and media use and representation - popular and digital culture - affect, identity and media


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Personal profile


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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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

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

Feminist filter bubbles: ambivalence, vigilance and labour

Kanai, A. & McGrane, C., 10 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Information Communication and Society. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

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

5 Citations (Scopus)

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