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Dr Kyra Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Media Studies

School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

Kyra Clarke’s research prioritises representations of girls, as well as the media girls and gender diverse youth access, create and share. It intersects the areas of popular culture, media creation and distribution, mediated intimacies, feminism, queer theory and affect. Her monograph, Affective Sexual Pedagogies in Film and Television (2017) explores the potential of film and television for learning about sex and sexuality. Her most recent book is Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacy (2019) with Alison Bartlett and Rob Cover. 

Kyra Clarke’s research prioritises representations of girls, as well as the media girls and gender diverse youth access, create and share. It intersects the areas of popular culture, media creation and distribution, mediated intimacies, feminism, queer theory and affect. 

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on girls' experiences of media and their representation in films, television and online. Much of my work has considered mediated intimacies, as well as the potential of media for sex and sexuality education. My current projects include research into the media girls and gender diverse youth access, create and share, and the representation of digital devices and communication in teen film. 

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cultural Studies (200200): Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Screen and Media Culture (200212)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Clarke, K. (2022). Teens on screens: Girls’ negotiations of representations of texting in teen film. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 25(2), 141-156
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Cover, R., Aggleton, P., & Clarke, K. (2019). Education and affinity? Pedagogies of sexual citizenship in LGBTIQ youth support videos. Journal of Youth Studies. 23(2), 221-236 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13676261.2019.1593334
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K., Cover, R., & Aggleton, P. (2018). Sex and ambivalence: LGBTQ youth negotiating sexual feelings, desires and attractions. Journal of LGBT Youth. 15(3), 227-242
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2018). Tropfest, masculinity and the gendered everyday. Outskirts: feminisms along the edge. 38, 1-22 Retrieved from http://www.outskirts.arts.uwa.edu.au/volumes/volume-38/kyra-clarke
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2016). Willful knitting? Contemporary Australian craftivism and feminist histories. Continuum. 30(3), 298-306
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2016). Thinking through moments of sexual refusal in Looking for Alibrandi and The Rage in Placid Lake. Sex Education. 16(2), 143-155
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2014). Surrendering expectations of the girl in Julia Leigh's sleeping beauty. Studies in Australasian Cinema. 8(1), 2-15
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2015). Becoming pregnant: Disrupting expectations of girlhood in Juno (2007). Feminist Media Studies. 15(2), 257-270
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2013). Pedagogical moments: affective sexual literacies in film. Sex Education. 13(3), 263-275
[Journal article]Authored by: Clarke, K.

Book

Bartlett, A., Clarke, K., & Cover, R.(2019). Flirting in the era of #MeToo: Negotiating intimacy.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2018). Nudity, Sexting, and Consent: Finding Opportunities for Critical Pedagogy in Tagged and Caitlin Stasey. In F. Sanjakdar, & AK-T. Yip (Eds.) Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People: Issues about Democracy and Active Citizenry. (pp. 131 - 145). : Peter Lang
[Chapter]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2018). Enabling fluid forms of sexual citizenship?: Navigating the presence and absence of queer sex in Skins. In Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship. (pp. 249 - 262).
[Chapter]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K.(2017). Affective sexual pedagogies in film and television.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2016). Touching affect: The pedagogy of intimate and banal moments in Glee. In L. Allen, & ML. Rasmussen (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education. (pp. 439 - 454).
[Chapter]Authored by: Clarke, K.

Thesis

Clarke, KJ. (2014). Getting messy: Exploring intimate pedagogical moments in film and television. (Doctoral Thesis, The University of Western Australia)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Clarke, K.

Conference

Clarke, K. (2021, February). Humour and Ambivalence in Booksmart. Presented at Australasian Humour Studies Network. Massey University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2019, December). Screens on screens: Exploring digital representations of intimacy in teen film. Presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2018, November). The Pedagogical Potential of Teen Film for Exploring an Ethics of Care. Presented at Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Monash University, Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2018, December). Messaging, Flirting? Exploring digital representations of intimacy in teen film. Presented at Digital Intimacies. Curtin University, Perth.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, K. (2018, December). The Pedagogical Potential of Teen Film for Exploring an Ethics of Care. Presented at Gender and Education Association. Newcastle.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2017, December). Stereotypes, girls and short films: Making and resilience?. Presented at Minority Stereotypes in Digital Culture. University of Western Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2017, September). Tropfest, short films and the gendered everyday. Presented at Gender and the Everyday: Contemporary Communication, Culture and Media. Murdoch University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2016, June). Flirting with uncertainty: Thinking through representations of flirting in teen television. Presented at Australian Women and Gender Studies Association. Brisbane.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2016, December). Being sexual, being sexualised: Divergent and The Hunger Games. Presented at International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. University of Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2015, December). Knitting, mindfulness and resilience. Presented at Minor Culture: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. University of Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2015, November). Exploring Herself.com: Public pedagogy and sexual citizenship in the representation of Caitlin Stasey. Presented at Australian Association for Research in Education. Notre Dame University, Fremantle.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2014, June). Struck By lightning: Hope and despair in Chris Colfer’s Queer Teen film. Presented at Australian Women and Gender Studies Association Conference. University of Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2014, December). Public flesh: Gender, Gillard, knitting and embodiment. Presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. Wollongong University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2013, July). Surrendering Expectations of the Girl in Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty. Presented at Rev-con Academic, Revelation Film Festival. Perth, Western Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2012, November). Pedagogical Moments: Easy A, Sexuality and Gender. Presented at Australian Women and Gender Studies Association Conference. University of New South Wales.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.
Clarke, KJ. (2012, December). The Pedagogical Potential of Public Displays of Affection in Glee. Presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. University of Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Clarke, K.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 154.302 Gender and Race in the Media
  • 154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media

Graduate Supervision Statement

As a supervisor, I'm invested in encouraging students’ curiosity, and joining in their excitement and passion for the projects and texts they find energising. I am invested in supporting and developing their research, critical, and writing skills so that they can achieve their goals.  

I'm particularly interested in supervising projects concerned with issues of gender, sexuality and queer theory, as well as topics that engage with media forms such as film, television and online spaces. I've also written in the spaces of craft and craftivism and would be interested in supervising projects in this area.  

I enjoy working as part of a team where each person brings different interests, skills, perspectives and expertise and am interested in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.  


Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Bruna De Meneses - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fight like a girl: rethinking female representativeness in superheroine's media through digital audience's practices and resistances.
  • Hannah Hansen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Empowering the Paranormal: Monstrosity, Power, and Postfeminism in the Paranormal Romance