Dr Briony Hannell

Department of Sociological Studies

University Teacher in Digital Media and Society

B Hannel
B.Hannell@sheffield.ac.uk

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Dr Briony Hannell
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

Briony joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2021, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer and Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia. She completed her PhD in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia in 2020. 

Briony’s research interests are in:

  • Digital feminist activism
  • Digital cultures and identities
  • Digital research methods and ethics
  • Feminist theory and methodologies
  • Girls’ studies
  • Fan studies
Research interests

Briony’s interdisciplinary research brings together digital sociology, feminist cultural studies, feminist theory, and fan studies. Her ethnographic research locates digital media fan communities as an important space for young people to produce, negotiate, and contest the meanings of feminism(s) in a routine, informal, and everyday context. In doing so, her work locates digital youth cultures on Tumblr as a fruitful site for young people to engage in feminist activism, community building, and knowledge sharing, while also complicating utopian framings of these digital spaces to reveal the contradictory and ambivalent processes of inclusion and exclusion at work within them.

She is currently in the process of producing a monograph based upon her doctoral research. 

Briony’s research interests are in:

  • Digital feminist activism
  • Digital cultures and identities
  • Digital research methods and ethics
  • Feminist theory and methodologies
  • Girls’ studies
  • Fan studies
Publications

Journal articles

Teaching interests
  • Digital feminist activism
  • Digital cultures and identities
  • Digital research methods and ethics
  • Feminist theory and methodologies
  • Girls’ studies
  • Fan studies
    Teaching activities

    Briony teaches a module called Global Challenges in Digital Media and Society to MA studies in the department. 

    She is currently a personal adviser for students on the BA in Digital Media and Society. She is also supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations on the BA and MA programmes in Digital Media and Society.

    Briony will be teaching on the following modules in the 2020/21 academic year:

    • SCS6109 Global Challenges in Digital Media and Society (module leader)
    • SCS61015 Academic Skills and Literacy (module leader)
    • SCS6081 Digital Methods (workshop leader)
    • SCS3044 Dissertation in Digital Media and Society (dissertation supervisor)
    • SCS6083 Sociology of Media and Consumer Culture (seminar leader)