Dr Susan Flynn

Lecturer in Contemporary Media Cultures and Media Communications

London College of Communication (LCC)

Biography

Susan holds an MA in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Equality Studies from University College Dublin where she also taught. Before this she worked extensively in managing community education programmes and in education provision and policy services. Susan devised and managed education provision in the prison service, homeless projects, traveller centres, mental health and disability services, through which she has gained an interest in advocacy, learner agency and the ‘widening participation’ area.

Susan’s research centres on an egalitarian reading of popular culture; she is interested in theorising and challenging media and cultural ‘norms’ particularly around identity, ability and the body. Her research focus on equality and the media resonates through her teaching areas; semiotics and visual culture, media theory, transnationalism, globalization and writing for the media.

Susan has a particular interest in creative writing and she has published short stories, popular interest articles and opinion pieces in English, Irish and Polish. A regular contributor of articles and reviews to a number of international academic journals, she has also edited special editions of American, British and Canadian Studies and The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Susan’s co-edited collections Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves (2017) and Surveillance, Race, Culture (forthcoming in 2018) are published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Research interests

Cultural studies, film studies, equality studies, teaching practice, body theory, identity and disability.

Research statement

My research, centered primarily on egalitarian principles, is in two areas. The first area combines my many years of teaching practice with an egalitarian approach to educational development. I believe in challenging educational doxa, which can, I believe, transform the current popular rhetoric of equality, diversity and inclusivity in HE into real and meaningful inclusive praxis. I have so far run two internally funded projects which focused on inclusive practice and critical multiculturalism. I believe that the university remains a site of struggle but that it provides an opportunity for people to think critically and to document that critique in writing and teaching.

The second area of my research combines this approach to agency and autonomy with a cultural critique of current digital media practices, in particular, the ubiquity of surveillance. My two edited collections, Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves (2017) and Surveillance, Race, Culture (2018), both published by Palgrave Macmillan, are engaged in the project of cultural readings of surveillance studies. I am currently preparing a third edited collection: Surveillance, Architecture and Control: Discourses on Spatial Culture which will focus on the built environment and its impact on the cultural psyche.