Michael Lovelock

​Position:​Lecturer in Media
​School:​Cardiff School of Education
​E- mail:mlovelock@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Room No:C017


Research Interests

  • LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identities in popular culture.
  • Reality television
  • Celebrity culture
  • Digital media and self-representation


Peer Refereed Journals:

Lovelock, M. (2016). 'Is every YouTuber going to make a coming out video eventually?: YouTube celebrity video bloggers and lesbian and gay identity in Celebrity Studies. Doi: 10.1080/19392397.2016.1214608

Lovelock, M. (2016). Catching a catfish: Constucting the 'good' social media user in reality television in Television & New Media. Doi: 10.1177/1527476416662709

Lovelock, M. (2016). Call me Caitlyn...: Making and making over the 'authentic' transgender body in Anglo-American popular culture in Journal of Gender Studies. Doi: 10.1080/09589236.2016.115597

Lovelock, M. (2016). Acceptance, humanity and emotional excess: The politics of queer suffering in Big Brother UK in Eurpoean Journal of Cultural Studies. Doi: 10.1177/1367549415603377

Book Chapter:
Lovelock, M. (2015) ‘I didn’t know other people out there felt this way…’: Gay celebrities and the construction of role models in Bridging the Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society, eds. Robert Caine, Hilary Wheaton and Louis Massey (Toronto: WaterHill), 34-39 


Professional / Non-refereed Publications:
Lovelock, M. (2016) The Mystery of the Male Form in The Protagonist (Issue 1)

Lovelock, M. (205) Cucumber as 'post-gay' television on Critical Studies in Television (online) http://cstonline.tv/cucumber-as-post-gay-television

Conference papers:
06/2016. Gay celebrities, authenticity and homonormativity, Celebrity Studies Conference, University of Amsterdam

03/2016. The queerness of the catfish: Constructing the 'good' social media user in reality television, Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Atlanta USA

06/2015. The commodification of queer trauma in Big Brother UK, Sexuality Studies Association 3rd annual meeting at Congress of the Humanities and Social  Sciences, University of Ottawa 

05/2015. 'I'm glad that I've got it off my chest, and I hope you can join me in my   journey: Tom Daley and the politics of queer 'bravery', Bridging the Gaps:  Higher Education, Media and Society, Ryerson University, Toronto   

01/2015 . Being yourself: Reality television and the making of modern gay identity, MeCCSA Conference, Northumbria University 

06/2014. 'It's all about acceptance': LGBT celebrification as societal integration in early 2000s Britain, Celebrity Studies Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London  


I recently completed my PhD at the University of East Anglia. My thesis - 'Interrogtaing the Politics of LGBT Celebrity in British Reality Television' - was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In my post at Cardiff Metropolitan University I teach media studies within the School of Education. I am temporary module tutor for Introduction to Media Theory, Media Industries and Digital Culture and New Media, and I contribute to the module The Moving Image.

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