On the 10th and 11th July, we hosted our end of award event to celebrate and reflect on the past two years of researching young people and celebrity culture. 22 months, 6 schools, 148 young people, 24 group interviews, 51 individual interviews, nearly 4000 minutes of interview data, 12 celebrity case studies… We couldn’t quite believe the end (or at least the official end) was here….
Posts Tagged ‘Justin Hancock’
Tom Daley is one of CelebYouth’s case study celebrities so we were very excited when he hit the news last week after uploading to YouTube the direct-to-camera video ‘Something I want to say’. In it, Tom tells us that despite ‘dating girls’ in the past, he’d not had a ‘serious relationship’ until last spring, when he met someone who makes him feel ‘so happy and so safe … well that someone [pause] is a guy’. We love this video. Heather in particular has crossed the boundary from researcher to fan as she’s studied Tom’s media representation including, reading an autobiography and biography, following the news coverage of him across six months and enduring every episode of TV-celebrity-diving-competition Splash! Her colleagues marked her growing interest by getting her a Tom Daley cake to celebrate her 43rd birthday (pictured). In this post she looks critically both at Tom’s ‘coming out’ video and at reactions to it, suggesting that the ‘something he wants to say’ constitutes a new kind of sexuality story and one to which we need to listen attentively.
- Dr Anita Biressi (Reader in Media Cultures, Roehampton University) and Professor Heather Nunn (Professor of Culture and Politics, Roehampton University)
- Professor Rob MacDonald (Professor of Sociology/ Deputy Director – Social Futures Institute, Teeside University)
- Geeta Ludhra (Lecturer in Education, Brunel University)
- Bim Adewunmi (journalist and blogger specialising in popular culture, feminism and race: http://www.yorubagirldancing.com/)
- Camilla Stanger (teacher and doctoral student at Goldsmiths, University of London)
- Justin Hancock (sex educator and youth worker http://bishuk.com )