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Prof Jackie Stacey - research

Research interests

My academic background is an interdisciplinary one, combining European Studies (Sussex), Womens Studies (Kent) and Cultural Studies (Birmingham). As well as being a co-editor of Screen and Feminist Theory, my publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994) and Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997) and (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 book published in 2010 with Duke University Press is The Cinematic Life of the Gene.

Running across my research interests (on subjects as diverse as the transnational modes of spectatorship in Hollywood cinema, queer film and video, the visualising technologies of medical science, and the new genetic constructions of sexualised and racialised bodies in popular culture) has been a concern with changing formations of fantasy, processes of subjectivity and modes of embodiment. Starting from the premise that studying the cultural relations of power requires attention to the inextricability of psychic and social formations, I have been interested in the production of imaginary subjects through located cultural forms and the ways in which these limit particular political possibilities. Uniting these ongoing agendas has been a focus on the relationship between visibility and visualisation and forms of cultural intelligibility.