Dr Matthew Cheeseman

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Dr Matt CheesemanRoom 5.13, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 20215
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-0215

Website: www.einekleine.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/eine
Email: matt.cheeseman@shef.ac.uk


I am a public facing interdisciplinary researcher and teacher. I work with fiction, non-fiction and art writing, drawing on Creative Writing, English Literature, Cultural Studies and Creative Enterprise. My methodology often involves collaboration with artists and the creation and publication of artistic texts. I am a University Teacher in the School of English, a member of the Visual Studies Centre and the General Editor of Route 57, the University of Sheffield’s creative writing journal. With friends I run a small press, Spirit Duplicator. I convene the Student Experience Network for the Society of Research into Higher Education, putting on three symposiums a year. Contact me if youwould like to join the network or would like to contribute to a symposium.


Alongside Dr. Helena Ifill, I teach Erasmus students enrolled with the School of English. For the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, I am the Academic Lead on FCA6100 Research Ethics & Integrity and IPA1000–IPA2000–IPA3000 Interdisciplinary Research In Practice. I also supervise English MA students on their work experience.

I teach in the School of English and (rarely) in the School of Music. I also teach Research Ethics to PhD students. Most of my teaching in 2014/2015 is on the following two modules:

ELL406 Language, Culture and Identity in England (Autumn Semester)
Students compare and contrast contemporary constructions of English identity and culture by analysing language use and reading texts. Englishness is first contextualised within a devolutionary context and compared to Britishness. The role of class and tradition is introduced by way of Richard Hoggart, whilst place is understood in terms of the dichotomy between north and south England. Students, as an outcome, will be able to debate, discuss and critique the role of class, gender, ethnicity and place in both the English language and in representations of Englishness drawn from contemporary literature, music, film and television.

ELL405 Language and Culture of Money (Spring Semester)
The course explores the language and culture of neoliberalism. The focus is on UK culture, with comparative material from Europe. The social and political aspects of contemporary capitalism are considered largely via a leftist critique, though students are encouraged to understand and sympathise with neoliberalism's core appeal. Students, as an outcome, will be able to debate and discuss the influence of neoliberalism within the English language, contemporary literature, film, pop music and television.

FCA6100 Research Ethics and Integrity
Training on research ethics & integrity for all postgraduate research students as part of the Doctoral Development Programme. The training enhances students’ ability to critically analyse and reflect upon their own actions and behaviours as well as heightening ethical sensitivity and reasoning, enabling students to plan and prepare for ethical challenges they may face.

IPA1000–IPA2000–IPA3000 Interdisciplinary Research In Practice (Spring Semester)
This module offers the opportunity to work on a meaningful contemporary research project, collaboratively devised by students and staff. Academics lead seminar-focused and interdisciplinary classes in which enabling your research is the focus. The module is assessed by an individual portfolio, and culminates in an end-of-term symposium. If you've ever wished to explore new and stimulating approaches to study outside of your disciplinary areas or to gain a holistic Humanities education, this module is for you.


I have been instrumental in capturing a total of £140,000 funding in three interconnected areas, all of which inform, contribute and respond to my teaching:

a) Creative projects
These are largely using (and often generating) music, visual arts and creative writing to answer interdisciplinary research questions. Many of these projects involve artists, some involve students, whilst some utilise my own creative practice. An abiding question is what can artistic and creative practice bring to the methodology of funded research? How far should artists be involved in interdisciplinary research and at what stage of the research process? What is the nature of the knowledge produced, how is it useful, to who and does that matter? I’ve acted and am acting as a critical writer for four artists, Florian Roithmayr, Matt Stokes, Nick Kilby and Trans/Human. I am interested in graphic medicine and have developed comics for patient care. I am particularly interested in writing and publishing for both academic and non-academic audiences, especially via small press and art writing. As such, I am fascinated by the relationship of writing to format, particularly print.

b) Higher education
I am interested in radical education, youth, protest, campus novels and student experience. I have done much work via the SRHE on a national level organising and commenting on the experience of Higher Education by students. I am particularly interested in capitalism, HE, protest and the role HEIs have in the widest definition of student experience: one that encompasses the night-time economy, the business of pleasure and student culture. Where and how in the university can resistance and critical thinking be fostered and political engagement encouraged? How can student experience be represented in texts? How can teaching and learning be made more relevant to student experience? I am especially interested in lad culture and masculinity, youth and banter, chants and blason populaire and have published or presented in all these areas. I have long meant to write an ethnography of undergraduates at the University of Sheffield. I’m not sure I ever will finish that. If you’d like a copy of my PhD thesis on this topic, then please get in touch.

c) British popular culture and popular music
Especially class, capitalism and notions of Britishness, Englishness & America in the UK across the twentieth century, but especially 1930s–1990s. I am interested in the introduction of youth consumerism in Britain. This is relevant to hauntology, the spectral turn, growth in media, the internet and archives and notions of the past and the future in art. With Jon Downing I curated Do It Thissen, an exhibition of records, tapes and fanzines from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire music scene. I was also the Theorist in Residence for the Sheffield Publicity Department's book Sheffield Music City. I was also instrumental in curating No Lectures From Western Works, a night of performances and discussion relating to the once-upon-a-time site of Cabaret Voltaire’s recording studio, now a University of Sheffield building.


  • Cheeseman, M. (editor) (2016) Atlantis, London: Spirit Duplicator.
  • Cheeseman, M. (editor) (2016) Route 57 Issue 12: If Anything Younger, London: Spirit Duplicator.
  • Cheeseman, M. and Piette, A. (volume eds.) (2015) Route 57 Issue 11: The Feisty Font Review, London: NATCECT.
  • Cheeseman, M. (ed.) (2014), NO PICNIC: Explorations in art and research, London: NATCECT & AND Publishing.
Chapters and articles
  • Cheeseman, M. (2016) 'Staying in and going out (or how to win at being a student)' in Degrees of class: Social inequalities in university admissions, experiences and outcomes, edited by Waller, R., Ingram, N. and Ward, M.R.M. in the Sociological Futures series, London: BSA and Routledge.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2016) ‘Introduction’ in The Art of Rachel Heller, London: Flowers.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2015) ‘Eggheads’, article on Open Democracy, published on 14/12/2015. Available here.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2015) ‘Who groks Spock? Emotion in the neoliberal market’ in Resist! Against a precarious future, edited by Ray Filar, London: Lawrence and Wishart, p. 134–141.
  • Hammond, N., Cheeseman, M., Chantry, A. and Peng, A. (2015) ‘Visual methods, surviving cancer and sexuality: a reflection on negotiating ethical issues and developing academic/artistic partnerships’ in Journal of Families, Relationships and Societies 4 (3), p. 483–492.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2015) Florian Roithmayr, the authority of other scientists, Brussels: MOTINTERNATIONAL and Sheffield: Site.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2014) 'Popular music and the breast' in Cultural Encyclopaedia of the Breast, edited by Smith, M., New York: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2014) '360° Answers in (Re)Presenting the Archive,' edited by Faulkner, M., Regis, A., Rhatigan, E. and Williams, G., Archive Journal Issue 4: Publishing The Archive. Available here.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2012) 'In the Dead of the Night' in Radical Futures 2, edited by Coatman, C. and Shrubsole, G., London: Lawrence and Wishart (in association with Soundings Journal). Available here.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2011) 'We will not disrupt your education' in Roundhouse Journal, No. 2, 'Reimagining the University', p. 10–11.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2008) 'The impact of a 24 hour library on the student experience at the University of Sheffield' in Anthropopages, No. 7–8, Groupe de Recherches et d'Actions en Ethnologie et en Anthropologie, p. 125–137.
Creative publications
  • Bareham, P. and Cheeseman, M. (2016), The British Esperantist, nos. 1–8, Sheffield: NATCECT & Spirit Duplicator.
  • Cheeseman, M. (ed.) (2016), Journal of Imaginary Research, Sheffield: NATCECT.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2014) In Absence Of The Smoky God, Sheffield: Site.
  • Cheeseman, M. and Bareham, P. (2014) The British Esperantist, Sheffield: NATCECT.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2013) 'Testing Ground' in Furnace Park, edited by Amanda Crawley Jackson, Sheffield: PlastiCities.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2013) Noise And Dissonance, Tract Issue 2, published by Article and PlastiCities.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2013) 'The Heart, The Centre' in Route 57, Issue 9. 
  • Cheeseman, M. (2013) 'Five Pounds' in Wordwards, edited by Lehóczky, Á. and Piette, A., Sheffield: School of English.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2008) 'Notes from the Alliteration Conference' in Route 57, Issue 4. 
  • Cheeseman, M. (2007) 'Everything on an envelope' in Route 57, Issue 2. 
  • Cheeseman, M. (2003) 'Introduction' in Rachel Heller—New Work, London: Angela Flowers Gallery.
  • Cheeseman, M. (2003) 'Introduction to John Gibbons' in The Post Industrial Landscape, Prague: Czech Museum of Fine Art.
  • Cheeseman, M. (dir.) (2014) Swaying for the Lens: The Haxey Hood, narrated by Fournier, L., edited by Lepiorz, J. 40 mins. Available here.
  • Cheeseman, M. (dir.) (2008) Night after night: costume and performance amongst Sheffield Students, 15 mins.
  • Cheeseman, M. (dir.) (2008) White T-Shirt, Black Marker: Mapping the Undergraduate Body, 15 mins.