I am an early career researcher, currently employed as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. My PhD explored the representation of intimacy in film and television and in my academic work I am interested in the intersection of young people, feminism, affect and queer theory, particularly analysing a range of popular textual forms including music, film and television.

When I’m not writing or researching I am usually making - knitting, sewing clothes and quilts, my most recent craft being weaving. In the final weeks of my thesis I knit myself a pair of thesis socks, embedding my thesis title in the soles.



If you want to contact me, you can find me at kyrajclarke (at) gmail (dot) com


Some of my academic publications and presentations are listed below:
 

Refereed Journal Articles:

 
Clarke, Kyra. 2015. “Becoming Pregnant: Disrupting Expectations of Girlhood in Juno.Feminist Media Studies 15(2): 257-279.

Clarke, Kyra. 2014. “Surrendering Expectations of the Girl in Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty.Studies in Australasian Cinema 8(1): 2-15.

Clarke, Kyra. 2013. “Pedagogical Moments: Affective Sexual Literacies in Film.” Sex Education 13(3): 263-75.

Copies of these journal articles can be found here.


Forthcoming Publications:

Clarke, Kyra. Forthcoming. “Touching Affect: Intimate and Banal Moments in Glee.” In Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education, edited by Mary Lou Rasmussen and Louisa Allen.

Clarke, Kyra. Forthcoming. “Willful Knitting? Contemporary Australian Craftivism and Feminist Histories.” Continuum.

Clarke, Kyra. Forthcoming. “Thinking Through Moments of Sexual Refusal in Looking for Alibrandi and The Rage in Placid Lake.Sex Education.

Clarke, Kyra. Forthcoming. Affective Sexual Pedagogies in Teen Film and Television. New York: Routledge.


Conference Papers:


“Public Flesh: Gillard, Knitting, Gender and Embodiment.” Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Wollongong University, 3-5 December 2014 

Struck By Lightning: Hope and Despair in Chris Colfer’s Queer Teen Film.” Australian Women and Gender Studies Association Conference, Melbourne University, 23-25 June 2014.

“Surrendering Expectations of the Girl in Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty.” Rev-con Academic, Revelation Film Festival, Perth, 11-12 July 2013.

“The Pedagogical Potential of Public Displays of Affection in Glee.” Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, University of Sydney, 4-6 December 2012.

“Pedagogical Moments: Easy A, Sexuality and Gender.” Australian Women and Gender Studies Association Conference, University of New South Wales, 21-23 November 2012.

“The Pleasure of Agency: Young Women, Pedagogy and Affect in Australian Film.” Console-ing Passions Conference, University of South Australia, 21-23 July 2011.

“Teaching Pleasure Pleasurably.” Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Southern Cross University, 6-9 December 2010.
 

Teaching 2015:

Associate Lecturer
(Media and Communication/Gender Studies, UWA)

Semester Two:


Semester One:


Selected Guest Lectures:


2014 (24 September) “Adolescent Bodies” for first year unit Reading Bodies coordinated by Dr Alison Bartlett at UWA. This lecture particularly explored public representations of Miley Cyrus, Lorde and Tavi.

2014 (10 September) “Straight Bodies” for first year unit Reading Bodies coordinated by Dr Alison Bartlett at UWA. This lecture explores the history of heterosexuality and Butler’s heterosexual matrix, drawing from the film Crazy Stupid Love.

2014 (9 April) “Recycling Gender: Domestic Arts and the Hipster Aesthetic” for first year Gender Studies unit Days of Our Lives coordinated by Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray at UWA. This lecture considered the gender politics of making and craft, particularly focusing upon the relationship between the domestic and feminism, the links with ethical consumption and the activist potential of craft.

2013 (11 September) “Adolescent Bodies” for first year unit Reading Bodies coordinated by Dr Alison Bartlett at UWA. This lecture considered Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV awards in 2013 and her song “We Can’t Stop”.

2012 (19 September) “Adolescent Bodies” for first year unit Reading Bodies coordinated by Dr Alison Bartlett at UWA. This lecture concentrated on the film Easy A (2010) and Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me, Maybe”.

2012 (28 March) “Glee and Intertextuality” for first year English unit Meaning and Medium coordinated by Dr Tony Hughes-D’Aeth at UWA. This lecture explored the intertextual performances in the Glee episode entitled “The Substitute”, paying particular attention to the phenomenon of mashups.