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Esperanza Miyake


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I specialise in the critical analyses of gender, race and technology within the context of (digital) media, culture and society. My latest book, "The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture" (2018) politicises representations of technology in film, advertising, television and anime/manga within the context of the US, the UK and Japan. 

With recently funded projects (including a British Academy/Leverhulme) in the area of digital refusal and the politics of resistance, I am in the process of writing a co-authored book (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman) entitled, 'Paradoxes of Digital Disengagement: In Search of the Opt-out button', for the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series, University of Westminster Press. My other collaborative research is concerned with the investigation of those living with Long COVID, working with support groups in both Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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

I currently sit on the School Gender Equality Diversity Inclusion (GEDI) committee, the School Ethics Committee, as well as being the Student-Staff Liaison Co-ordinator. 

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
  • Digital health and communication

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2007

Master of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 31 Oct 2002

Bachelor of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

Camberwell College of Art

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997


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


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