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Dr Joan Ormrod

Senior Lecturer
Film and Media Studies

Research
Researching women in comics and subcultural identities. Research into subcultures develops my PhD, 'Expressions of Nation and Place in British Surfing Identities' which focused on analysing representations of surfing and national identity through film and popular culture. I have extensive publications in surfing, surfing cultures and their representations, gender in comics, time and spatiality in the media and transmedia universes.

Currently writing a book on Wonder Woman which examines cultural, political and social influences upon the representation of the human body from the 1940s . I edited a book with Dr Matthew Jones of de Montfort on time travel in the media and I edit Routledge's Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rcom with David Huxley . We have organised eight international comics conferences at Manchester Metropolitan University with colleagues in Intellect's Studies in Comics and the European Journal of Comic Art.
I am interested in supporting anyone researching in any of the areas mentioned above.

Teaching
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach a range of units over the three years undergraduate degree in film and Media. In the past twelve years I have been programme leader and year tutor for all three years. I align practice and theory on my units as this is a method that inspires my students. My units draw upon my research and they are "Youth Cultures and Subcultures", "Fantasy" and "Science Fiction". I also teach research methods, especially empirical research and qualitative methods to undergraduates. I have also worked with postgraduate students supervising their research and teaching comics on the MA.

Projects

UK Romance Comics: Fantasy and Pop Music in the Teenage Wasteland

Developing my work in surfing, I examine the ways pop music was promoted in UK romance comics of the 1950s. Drawing upon Dr Mel Gibson's work into women comics readers, I explore how fan practices were developed within the 1950s and 60s comics. Details…

Wonder Woman:Transformation, Place and the Body

A discursive study of the ways culture, society and history influence the representations of the body in the comics and media. Wonder Woman is one of the three major superheroes in DC Comics, and possibly the most recognizable of any female costumed hero. Details…

Research

Joan Ormrod is a member of the Media Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.

Books

Ormrod, JM., 2017. 'On the edge: leisure, consumption and the representation of adventure sports'.

Huxley, D., Gibson. M. and Ormrod, J., 2014. 'Superheroes and Identities', Routledge.

Gibson, M., Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2014. 'Superheroes and Identities', Routledge.

On the Edge poster

Ormrod, J. and Wheaton, B., 2009. 'One the Edge: Representing Adventure Sports', Leisure Studies Association.

Book Chapters

Ormrod, JM., 2017. 'The Post-Colonial Enterprise of Trillium: Maps, Language, Histories, and Multilateral Consciousness'. In Grace, D., Hoffman, E. (eds.) The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels from the North, University of Mississippi Press.

Ormrod, JM., 2016. 'Bodies in Wonder Woman of the 1990s: Good Girls Bad Girls and Macho Men'. In Helford, ER., Carroll, S., Gray, S., Howard, M. (eds.) The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture, pp. 159-176, University of Mississippi Press, Jackson.

Ormrod, JM., Jones, M., 2015. 'Introduction: Contexts and Concepts of Time in the Mass Media'. In Ormrod, J., Jones, M. (eds.) Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games, pp. 5-19, McFarland and Co..

Jones, M., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Time Travel in Popular Media Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games'. In, 325, McFarland.

Ormrod, JM., 2013. 'Cold War Fantasies: Testing the Limits of the Familial Body'. In Darowski, J. (eds.) The Ages of Wonder Woman Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times, pp. 52-65, McFarland.

Ormrod, J., 2012. 'In the best possible tastes: Rhetoric and taste in AIP's promotion of Roger Corman's Poe Cycle'. In Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, pp. 145-163.

Ormrod, JM., 2012. 'Pa/trolling the Borders of the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency Website: Realism, Gender, Authenticity'. In Schott, G., Moffatt, K. (eds.) Fanpires: Audience Consumption of the Modern Vampire, pp. 33-55, New Academia, Washington DC.

Ormrod, JM., Wheaton, B., 2009. 'Introduction: On the edge: leisure, consumption and the representation of adventure sports'. In Ormrod, JM., Wheaton, B. (eds.) On the Edge: Leisure, Consumption and the Representation of Adventure Sports, Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Ormrod, JM., 2009. 'Representing 'Authentic' Surfer Identities in 'Pure' Surf Films'. In Ormrod, JM., Wheaton, B. (eds.) On The Edge: Representing Adventure Sports, pp. 17-42, Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Ormrod, J., 2008. 'Endless Summer: Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier'. In, 22, The University Press of Kentucky.

Ormrod, JM., 2008. 'Endless Summer: Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier'. In Briley, R., Schoenecke, M., Carmichael, D. (eds.) All-Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film and History, pp. 17-40, The University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky.

Ormrod, J., 2004. 'Middle class pleasures and the safe/dangers of surf bathing on the English South Coast 1921 -1937'. In Eileen Kennedy and Andrew Thornton (eds.) Leisure, Media and Visual Culture: Representations and Contestations (LSA Publication No. 83), Leisure Studies Association.

Ormrod, JM., 2004. 'Middle class pleasures and the safe/dangers of surf bathing on the English South Coast 1921 -1937'. In Kennedy, E., Thornton, A. (eds.) Leisure, Media and Visual Culture: Representations and Contestations, pp. 75-112, Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne.

Internet Publications

Ormrod, J., 2005. ''Just the lemon next to the pie': Apocalypse, History and the Limits of Myth in Big Wednesday (1978)', Scope Online Journal of Film Studies, http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/film/journal/.

Ormrod, J., 2002. 'Issues of Gender in Muscle Beach Party (1964)', Scope Online Journal of Film Studies, http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/film/journal/.

Journal Articles

Ormrod, J., Huxley, D., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (2), pp. 117-118.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (1), pp. 1-2.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (4), pp. 305-306.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2016. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 7 (1), pp. 1-2.

Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Book review: Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing', Cultural and Social History, 12 (2), pp. 281-284.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 6 (2), pp. 119-121.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 6 (3), pp. 199-200.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 6 (4), pp. 315-318.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics: Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 6 (1), pp. 1-2.

Ormrod, J., 2015. 'Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948', CINEMA JOURNAL, 55 (1), pp. 187-192.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2014. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 5 (2), pp. 123-124.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2014. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 5 (1), pp. 1-2.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2014. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 5 (4), pp. 381-382.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2013. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4 (2), pp. 189-190.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2013. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4 (1), pp. 82-83.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2012. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 3 (2), pp. 125-126.

Coogan, P., Gibson, M., Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., Royal, D., 2011. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2 (1), pp. 1-2.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2010. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1 (1), pp. 1-4.

Ormrod, J., 2010. 'HORROR SCREENWRITING: THE NATURE OF FEAR', JOURNAL OF SCREENWRITING, 1 (2), pp. 394-396.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2010. 'Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics: Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1 (2), pp. 91-92.

Ormrod, J., 2008. 'Surfing and the Artistic Debate in the 1960s–1970s', Kurungabaa: a journal of literature, history and ideas for surfers, 1:1, Online journal.

Ormrod, J., 2007. 'Surf Rhetoric in American and British Surfing Magazines Between 1965 and 1976', Sport in History, 27 (1), pp. 88-109.

Ormrod, J., 2007. 'Surf Rhetoric in American and British Surfing Magazines Between 1965 and 1976.', Sport in History, v27, n.1, March 2007, 88-109.

Ormrod, J., 2005. ''Endless Summer (1964): Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier'', Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, Vol 35, No 1, pp.39-51.

Ormrod, JM., 2005. ''Just the lemon next to the pie': Apocalypse, History and the Limits of Myth in Big Wednesday (1978)', Scope: an on-line journal of film studies, 2005 (1).

Ormrod, J., 2005. 'Endless Summer (1964): Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier', Film and History: an interdisciplinary journal of film and television studies, 35 (1), pp. 39-51.

Ormrod, JM., 2002. 'Issues of Gender in Muscle Beach Party (1964)', Scope: an on-line journal of film studies, December.

Conference Papers

Ormrod, JM., 2014. 'Women on the Edge: Unruly Bodies, spectacle and violence in Wonder Woman post 9/11', Leeds Thought Bubble, 13/11/2014 - 14/11/2014.

Ormrod, JM., 2013. ''British Surfers' Reception of Pure Surf Movies in the 1960s and '70s'', Teenage Kicks: The Representation of Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media, Keele University, 11/7/2013 - 13/7/2013.

Ormrod, JM., 2013. 'Globalisation, hybridity and the Origins of British Romance Comics in the 1950s', The 2013 International Graphic Novel and IBDS Conference, Glasgow, 24/6/2013 - 29/6/2013.

Ormrod, JM., 2012. 'Adapting The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency from Website to Comic: History, Realism, Narrative', MeCCSA, University of Bedfordshire, 11/1/2012 - 11/1/2012.

Ormrod, JM., 2012. 'Body Issues in Wonder Woman 90-100 (1994-6)', Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction, University of Tennessee, 15/3/2012 - 16/3/2012.

Ormrod, JM., 2012. 'Reading Production and Culture in UK Romance Comics 1955-63: Consumerism, Pop Stars and Lucky Guitars', British Psychological Association, Research Methods panel, London, 4/2012 - 4/2012.

Ormrod, JM., 2011. 'Teenage Dream Tonight: Pop Promotion in UK Romance Comics 1955-62', International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics, Manchester Metropolitan University, 7/2011 - 7/2011.

Ormrod, JM., 2010. 'A Heap of Broken Images: Countersong and Readership in T.S. Eliot and Martin Rowson's The Waste Land', Fractured Images / Broken Words, Lancaster University, 12/6/2010 - 12/6/2010.

Ormrod, JM., 2010. 'Issues of Time, Space and Duration in Richard McGuire's 'Here'', Conference of Comics and Graphic Novels, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23/4/2010 - 23/4/2010.

Ormrod, JM., 2010. 'Negotiating Local Identities in 1970s Surf Films: Practice, Production, Embodiment', Youth Studies, British Sociological Association, Reading University, 11/2010 - 11/2010.

Presentations

Ormrod, J., 2012. 'Reading production and culture in UK romance comics 1955-63: Consumerism, pop stars and lucky guitars', Qualitative Methods Panel, British Psychological Society, London, 18th-20th April, 2012.

Ormrod, J., 2010. 'Consuming Bodies in Wonder Woman Good Girls, Bad Girls and Macho Men', British IBBY/NCRCL Conference, Leeds Art Gallery, November 2010.

Ormrod, J., 2010. 'Issues of Time, Space and Duration in Richard McGuire’s ‘Here’', Conference of Comics and Graphic Novels, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23rd April 2010.

Ormrod, J., 2010. 'Negotiating Local Identities in 1970s Surf Films: Practice, Production, Embodiment', Youth Studies, British Sociological Association, Reading University, November 2010.

Canniford, R., and Ormrod, J., 2007. 'Surf Soundtracks', European Association for Consumer Research Conference, University of Bocconi Milan, 11-14 July 2007, in TBA.

Ormrod, J., 2006. 'From Surf Bums to Silver Surfers: age, location and subcultural identities', Researching Youth Sport Conference, Loughborough University, 20th September, 2006, in Edited book forthcoming..

Ormrod, J., 2006. 'Hippie Rhetoric in British Surfing of the 1970s: Risk, Edgework and the Aesthetic Impulse', Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Reading, 31st March-2nd April, 2006.

Ormrod, J., 2006. 'The Crystal Voyager (1973) Myth, Rhetoric, Sports', Film and History Biennial Conference: Documentary, Dallas, Texas, 6th-12th November, 2006.

Ormrod, J., 2006. '‘Wild Men who Run with Wolves’ – Masquerade, Disguise and Transformation in Brotherhood of the Wolf', European Nightmares, Manchester Metrpolitan University, June 1-3, 2006, in Forthcoming edited book..

Ormrod, J., 2005. 'Expressions of National Identity in British Surfing 1966-1980', British Society of Sport History, University of Glamorgan, 31st July-2nd September 2005.

Ormrod, J., 2004. 'Surfing the Zeitgeist:: Hippie Rhetoric in a British Surfing Magazine of the early 1970s.', Leisure Studies Association, University of Leeds, July 14th 2004.

Ormrod, J., 2003. ''You Should Have Been Here the Day Before Yesterday': Representations of English surfing in the holiday and leisure industries 1924-1937', Leisure Studies Association, University of Sussex, Roehampton, July 2003.