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Personal Statement

I specialise in the critical analyses of gender, race and technology in media, popular culture and everyday life. Looking at various international contexts, my interdisciplinary publications, research and PhD supervision areas span across a broad range of topics in Digital/Media and Cultural Studies. My latest book, "The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture" (2018) examines technology in film, advertising, television and anime/manga within the context of the US, the UK and Japan. Currently, I am working on gender, Japanese identity and social media.

My current collaborative research involves the investigation of digital technologies, apps/social media/platforms and the politics of digital refusal, with recent funded projects (including a British Academy/Leverhulme grant) and publications in Digital Studies. Currently, I am writing a co-authored book on digital disengagement (with Dr. Adi Kuntaman) for the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series, University of Westminster Press (2021).

I have also written for international media outlets such as The New York Times and Newsweek Japan, and appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'.

Research Interests

  • Gender/Race identity and politics
  • (Digital)Technology in everyday life (e.g. fitbits, games, motorcycles)
  • Politics of Social Media, Apps, Platform culture
  • Media and Popular culture (e.g. films, advertising, TV, anime/manga, music)
  • Consumer culture and identity

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

Master of Arts, University of York

Bachelor of Arts, University of York

Camberwell College of Art

External positions

Specialist supervisor, Manchester Metropolitan University

2 Apr 2020 → …


  • Technology
  • Media
  • Digitalization
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Popular Culture
  • Consumer culture
  • Space-Time

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Research Output

Mancunian Pride: The city, lesbian and gay culture, and local music-making practices

Miyake, E., 13 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) Music and the Idea of the North. Scott, D. B. & Cowgill, R. (eds.). 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Re-thinking digital health: data, appisation and the (im)possibility of 'opting out'

    Kuntsman, A., Miyake, E. & Martin, S., 9 Oct 2019, In : Digital Health. 5, 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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