Jackie Stacey, Professor of Cultural Studies
My academic background is an interdisciplinary one, combining European Studies (Sussex 1982), Womens Studies (Kent, 1984) and Cultural Studies (Birmingham, 1992). My publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994) and Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997) and (as co-author with Sarah Franklin and Celia Lury) Global Nature, Global Culture (2000). I have also co-edited a number of books, including Romance Revisited with Lynne Pearce (1995), Screen Histories: A Screen Reader with Annette Kuhn (1998), Thinking Through the Skin with Sara Ahmed (2001) and Queer Screens with Sarah Street (2007). My most recent publication is The Cinematic Life of the Gene (2010) with Duke University Press. I am also a co-editor of Screen and Feminist Theory.
Joining the University of Manchester in 2007 as Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, I bring an interest in feminist cultural theory and its bearing upon questions of political transformation. Since my arrival, I have been involved in a number of interdisciplinary collaborations, co-directing the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC), and, as a member of the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC), organising the annual Manchester Sexuality Summer School (SSS) in conjunction with the international arts festival, Queer Up North. I have also arranged a number of events with colleagues at MMU and Salford through the Manchester Feminist Theory Network.
As the new Director of CIDRA, I am committed to creating spaces for interdisciplinary dialogues for colleagues and postgraduates in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures and beyond. Continuing the work of previous CIDRA Directors Frank Mort and Janet Wolff, I shall develop collaborations between academics and those working in cultural and artistic organisations in Manchester, such the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Cornerhouse.