Dr Sarah Cefai is Acting Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures at the London College of Communication.
Sarah is interested in media cultures as formations of power within contemporary society. Her work is situated within the political and theoretical project of cultural studies, which seeks to create interventions into the discursive and affective realities of everyday life. Her approach to the study of media cultures is informed in particular by the critical epistemologies associated with feminist, queer, Indigenous, black and postcolonial consciousness.
On the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures, Sarah teaches the following units: Key Concepts in Media and Culture; Theory and Analysis in Media Culture; Identity and Difference; Television and its Futures; and, Contemporary Media Practices. She also supervises BA and MA dissertations.
Before joining LCC, Sarah taught a range of subject areas in the social sciences and humanities. Sarah was a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey (2016-17) and an LSE Fellow in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (2014-16). Prior to this, she was a teacher and researcher at the University of Sydney, Charles Darwin University and the University of Western Sydney.
Sarah’s teaching offers students the opportunity to experiment with a range of critical approaches in their academic and practical work. Sarah draws on the pedagogies (‘teaching philosophies’) of cultural studies which seek to enliven students’ intellectual and affective engagement with their media environments. Sarah is passionate about the study of representation and difference, embodiment, affect, emotion and feeling, and the ways in which formations of neoliberalism and colonialism, racism, homophobia and sexism both thrive within and are challenged by media cultures.
Sarah grew up in north London and her course of study reflects her interest in the ‘travelling cultures’ of Malta and Australia. She earned an MA (Hons) in Geography with Gender Studies from the University of Edinburgh (2002) and MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics (2005) before being awarded her PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies by the University of Sydney (2012).
Sarah is interested to hear from prospective applicants to LCC.
View the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures course page.