Dr Carolyn Michelle
Senior Lecturer, Convenor & Graduate Student Adviser (Women's & Gender Studies)
Qualifications: MSocSc, PhD Waikato
Communication; Gender; Sociology; Violence; Women and Gender Studies
Gender and the new technologies of assisted reproduction, motherhood and family; popular culture; audience reception.
My current research interest is in the area of audience reception theory and research. I am presently leading a transnational comparative project exploring audience engagements with Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy. We have published our findings in several journal articles and conference papers to date, and have begun working on a book.
Previously, I have conducted research on gender and new technologies, particularly human assisted reproduction and emerging biogenetic technologies, co-constructions of gender and ethnicity in advertising, media representations of domestic violence (with C. Kay Weaver), and discursive constructions of ‘motherhood’ and ‘the family’.
Schmidt, J., Michelle, C., & Simon-Kumar, R. (2016). Editorial: Women's Studies Journal. Women's Studies Journal, 30(2), 3-5.
Davis, C. H., Michelle, C., Hardy, A., & Hight, C. (2016). Making global audiences for a Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ feature film: Marketability, playability and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Journal of Fandom Studies, 4(1), 105-125.
Michelle, C., Davis, C. H., Hardy, A. L., & Hight, C. (2015). Pleasure, disaffection, 'conversion' or rejection? The (limited) role of prefiguration in shaping audience engagement and response. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 pages. doi:10.1177/1367877915571407
Michelle, C., Davis, C. H., & Vladica, F. (2015). Understanding variation in audience engagement and response: An application of the composite model to receptions of Avatar. In Z. Vukanovic, J. B. Lesourd, & S. Wildman (Eds.), Consumption and Branding Value Networks in New Media Markets (Vol. 1, pp. 245-280). Mediaxxi-Formalpress.
Recent PhD projects I have supervised:
- Susan Chapman, 'The Visual Representation of New Zealand Women Athletes in Print Media'
- Jane Cook, 'Sex, Metaphysics and Mental-ease'
- Kim Anh Duong, 'A feminist critical evaluation of the Vietnamese National Action Programme on Trafficking in Women'
- Ernesta Mosha, 'Discursive Constructions of Gender-Based Violence In Kiswahili Novels'
- Jane Wambui Njagi, 'Abortion Discourses And Politics In Kenya'
- Arezou Zalipour, 'The Cinema of Asian Diaspora in New Zealand'