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Dr Kaitlyn Regehr





Dr Kaitlyn Regehr is a scholar of digital and modern culture, and documentarian. In addition to serving as a topic specialist for BBC World and a presenter for Canada’s Slice Network, she has created content for iTunes, SWR (DE), ARTE (FR) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF Bell Lightbox).

Regehr's work explores issues around gender, new technology and society. Her current projects include mapping the ♯MeToo era; an investigation into digital “INCEL” (Involuntary Celibates) communities; and the tensions between nature and technology in modern birth culture.

She is also working with Professor Jessica Ringrose (UCL) on a commission from the Mayor of London, which uses documentary filmmaking to map women's experiences of advertising in public space. The culminating multi-media report - and corresponding quantitative survey of 2000 participants - will lead to policy changes in order to make advertising in London's public space more diverse.

Regehr’s book with photographer Matilda Temperley, on one of the first sex worker unions in America, The League of Exotic Dancers was released in 2017 (Oxford University Press).

Regehr holds a doctorate from King's College London and a masters degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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Alongside Peter Stanfield, I have planned and designed the new Media Studies program in the School of the arts. I have written modules including: “Making Media”; “Digital Storytelling”;  and “Social Media and Participatory Culture”. 

I teach on the following modules and welcome students from across all disciplines:

Social Media and Participatory Culture

The digital sphere has given voice and meeting spaces to communities and activist groups, enabling social action, art and change. It has also been used by reactionaries, nationalists and the far-right groups to amplify hate filled messages. Analysing platforms that may include Facebook, Twitter, Uber and Wikipedia, the module engages with concepts such as participatory and collaborative culture, sharing economies, democracy and surveillance. 

Students will engage in sourcing, analysing and critiquing social media content by way of a Digital Portfolio. This work will be contextualised by an essay that situates students' multimedia exercises within key debates in online culture. To facilitate this, lectures and seminars will explore various case studies - from mainstream politicians’ use of social media in campaigning, to the intensification of hate speech in the cyber sphere, to the ethics of using unpaid journalists and the economy of sharing - in order to encourage students to engage critically with the relationship between politics, economics, personal expression and art-making practices in the digital age.


Media and Meaning 

This module introduces students to the ways in which meaning is created and communicated across various media. The primary focus will be upon a range of key concepts, such as narrative, narration, form, genre, style, and how the understanding of these across various media helps to explain how meaning is created and embodied within a medium. Media are therefore studied in this module as a means for the transmission of meaning that shape and constrain what can be communicated and how.


Media and Taste 

This introductory module examines? How cultural agents have established a pyramid of taste and explores how avant-garde movements have challenged this pyramid even as they depend upon it. Through case studies drawn from the literary arts, film, the visual arts, music and theatre, students investigate the manner in which the parameters of highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow culture have been articulated by artists, critics and theorists.


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My research sits at a convergence of media, culture and gender studies and draws on my professional practice as a documentary filmmaker. My most recent project was an ethnographic study of a group of former exotic dancers, who unionised in 1955, and now live and perform as an ageing community in Las Vegas. The project examined both the gendered and identity politics present in the dancers’ relationship to their ageing bodies, as well as their previous experiences during the demise of the burlesque theatre and the subsequent transition in both space and social construction, as dancers moved from stage to strip club in the 1960s - 1980s. Among the outcomes of this study were a feature documentary film, “Tempest Storm”, which I wrote and produced and was released on iTunes; a digital archive for the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas; a chapter in a forthcoming book (Oxford University Press); and monograph (Oxford University Press).

I am currently engaged in a project that examines mediated culture within the context of the digital sphere with Professor Jessica Ringrose at University College London. This project commenced in the summer of 2016 and builds on scholarship that examines the Internet as a mediated space where women have created platforms to report their experiences of sexual violence (Rentschlar, 2015) whilst simultaneously offering new and often anonymous pathways for misogyny and abuse to proliferate and spread (Ging, 2016; Jane, 2017; Phipps et al., 2017). This project also analyses the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency, documenting the intensification of this online abuse and violence following the US election in November of 2016 (Palgrave-MacMillan).



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