Hannah Westley

Assistant Professor, Program Director MA Global Communications

  • Department: Global Communications
  • Global Communications
  • Office: 
    G-306
  • Office Hours: 
    Tuesdays & Fridays by appointment

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After a BA in Modern Languages and MPhil in European Literature at the University of Cambridge, Professor Westley's interdisciplinary PhD focused on the body in self-representation over the course of the twentieth century. Her research examined how writers and artists, in the wake of the postmodern dissolution of the subject, sought out new, often surprising, multidimensional spaces for representing identity.

Following a year’s post-doctoral study on an Entente Cordiale Scholarship, Westley turned to journalism during which time she worked as a writer and editor for /The Times/,/The Mail on Sunday/ and /thelondonpaper/. On relocating back to Paris, Westley taught in the French university system before coming to AUP in 2014. Her current research follows two lines of inquiry. The first stems from her early research and focuses on representations of the body online, in particular the omnipresent ‘selfie.’ Her current work considers how these online identities interact with traditional means of self-representation and how this affects the way we understand subjectivity and narrative. Westley’s second line of inquiry is influenced by her professional experience in the field of journalism. With a particular interest in comparative cultural perspectives on the changing nature of news production and distribution today, this research examines the nature of individualized news consumption online and asks what is the role of the journalist in an age of social media, churnalism and mobile devices.



Education/Degrees

  • PhD. Churchill, The University of Cambridge, 2001
  • MPhil in European Literature. Churchill, University of Cambridge, 1998
  • BA Hons in Modern Languages. Churchill, University of Cambridge, 1997

Publications

Books
  • The Body as Medium and Metaphor, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2008
  • Sheila Girling: the British Abstract Painter, Lund Humphries, London, 2008

Book Chapters and Catalogue Essays


Conferences & Lectures

  • Panel discussant, ‘How young people understand and engage with news’ at the Academy Colloquium, The Audience Turn in Journalism, a collaborative research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and conducted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Groningen with twelve news industry partners, Amsterdam January 22-25, 2019
  • ‘How the Daily Mail Headlines function as Vectors of Newsworthiness from print, to website, to social media,’ paper on news values presented at What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness conference, organized by the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies, 13-14 December 2018
  • Respondent to Professor Robert Payne, ‘Lossy media: Queer Encounters with Infrastructure,’ in the seminar series Platform Struggles, Platform Swindles, co-hosted by AUP at Université Paris Seine Denis, 3 July 2018
  • ‘Headline Shock: The Mail Online, Symbolic Violence and Social Networking,’ paper presented at Words That Kill conference, organized by the George and Irina Schaeffer Center, AUP, 28-30 May 2018
  • "Women’s Self-Representation in the Digital Age." Conference paper given at the IMLR interdisciplinary conference at the School of Advanced Study. University of London, UK. March 2017.
  • Panel chair. "Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism across Disciplines." Organized by the Centre for Writers and Translators, AUP. October 2016.
  • “Narratives of the Self.” Participant on panel discussion with French novelist Edouard Louis on self-representation and narrative. Organized by the Centre for Writers and Translators, AUP. September, 2016.
  • "News Consumption Online." Conference paper on the changing genre of news, given at the BASEES conference. Cambridge University, UK. April 2016.
  • “Selfies and online narratives.” Conference paper given at the IMLR interdisciplinary conference at the School for Advanced Study, University of London, UK. February 2015.

Research Areas

* Journalism 

* Digital media 

* Visual culture 

* Auto/biographical studies

* Word/image relations

* Self-representation

* New media