2011 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Distinction), University of Glamorgan.
2008 PhD – ‘Television Fan Distinctions and Identity: An Analysis of ‘Quality’ Discourses and Threats to ‘Ontological Security’’, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.
2004 MA Critical and Cultural Theory, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University.
2003 BA (First Class Honours) Journalism, Film, and Broadcasting, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.
Dr. Rebecca Williams is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in the Faculty of Creative Industries and was the Course Leader for BA Media, Culture & Journalism between 2016 and 2019.
She completed her PhD, a comparative study of online TV fans and their use of fandom to perform identity work, at Cardiff University (with a fully funded scholarship from the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies), and also holds a Masters in Critical and Cultural Theory and a BA (First Class Honours) in Journalism, Film, and Broadcasting from Cardiff University. Before taking up a post at the University of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan) in 2009, she taught at Cardiff University and Swansea University and worked as a research assistant on the BBC Trust’s Four Nations Impartiality Review: An analysis of reporting devolution at Cardiff University and a BBC Audience Council Wales funded project entitled Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television
Rebecca currently teaches in the areas of digital media, audiences and fandom, TV Drama, and media and culture in Wales. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and achieved a Distinction in the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in 2011. Rebecca is also a member of the University’s Faculty Research Programmes Committee and the Faculty Ethics Committee, and a former member of the Faculty Research and Scholarly Activity Committee.
Rebecca is currently External Examiner for the BA Media at Sheffield Hallam university and the MA in Participatory Culture & Social Media at the University of Huddersfield. She also acted as External Examiner for revalidation of the BA in Media & Communication at Birmingham City University.
Her research specialisms include media audiences/fans and participatory cultures; self-identity and self-narrative; material cultures and audiences/fans; celebrity cultures (especially the relationships between audiences and celebrity, local forms of celebrity, and subcultural celebrity); and place and space (particularly how television represents and creates ideas of place, and media tourism).
Rebecca has published four books; two monographs, Theme Park Fandom: Spatial Transmedia, Materiality & Participatory Cultures (2020, Amsterdam University Press) and Post-Object Fandom: Television, Identity & Self-Narrative (2015, Bloomsbury) and the edited collections Everybody Hurts: Transitions, Endings & Resurrections in Fan Cultures (2018, University of Iowa Press) and Torchwood Declassified (2013, I.B. Tauris). She also edited a special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on the topic of fan endings, transitions and resurrections in 2018. She is currently co-editing (with Paul Booth) the collection Fan Studies: Methods, Ethics, Research for the University of Iowa Press and co-editing (with Lucy Bennett) a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on the topic of fan controversies.
Her new monograph Theme Park Fandom highlights the links between transmedia, participatory cultures and media tourism, focusing on the intersections between fan tourism, material cultures, and mediated place. It seeks to challenge established binary oppositions between commercial and non-commercial media tourist sites, audiences and producers, and textual and spatial readings.Theme Park Fandom argues that serious study of theme parks and their adult fans has much to tell us about contemporary transmediality and convergence, themed and immersive spaces, and audience relationships with places of meaning. Considering the duopoly of Disney and Universal in Orlando, the book explores a range of theme park experiences including planning trips, meeting characters, eating and drinking, engaging in practices such as cosplay and re-enactment, and memorializing lost attractions. Highlighting key themes such as immersion, materiality, cultural distinctions, and self-identity, the book argues that theme parks are a crucial site for the exploration of transmediality and the development of paratexts. Proposing the key concepts of spatial transmedia and haptic fandom, the book offers analysis of the intersections between fandom, media texts, and merchandise, as well as fans’ own affective and physical responses to visiting the parks.
Rebecca has published over 35 pieces in edited collections or international journals including Popular Communication, Critical Studies in Television, Continuum, Media History, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Gothic Studies, Popular Music and Society, Television and New Media, Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives, Cinema Journal , European Journal of Cultural Studies , Celebrity Studies, and Participations. She has been interviewed as an expert on media audiences and fandom in national and international media including print media (including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Verdens Gang (Norway), Information (Denmark)), on radio (for BBC Wales, BBC World Service and BBC Radio Coventry, and Heart Radio Wales), and television (BBC One Wales: The Wales Report).
Rebecca is a member of the Steering Group of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Celebrity Studies , Journal of Fandom Studies , Transformative Works and Cultures and the Editorial Advisory Board of Intensities: Cult Media Journal She is a former member of the Management Committee of Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal and previously held the role of Book Reviews Assistant for Critical Studies in Television. She was recently elected as a member of the Steering Committee for the Fan & Audience Studies Special Interest Group for the Society of Cinema & Media Studies
She is engaged in mentoring external junior scholars via mentoring schemes with the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Group, and Fan Studies Network North America. As a Member of the Board of the Fan Studies Network Rebecca recently co-organised the Network’s annual 2018 conference, one of the world’s largest gatherings of international fan studies scholars, held at Cardiff University. In December 2018 she was an invited participant for a Japan Fan Studies Tour involving research activity and knowledge exchange with colleagues in higher education in Japan, with a focus on comparative culture and transcultural fandom.
Rebecca is Module Leader for:
- CK2S09 Digital Media & Society
- CK2S10 Media Audiences & Fandom
- CK3S02 Media & Culture in Wales
- CK3S17 TV Drama
- CK3D01 Dissertation
She also teaches on:
- CK1S11 Understanding Communication in the Creative Industries
She supervises and co-supervises a wide range of undergraduate dissertations and postgraduate research students, including:
- Education and creative industries in small nations – Faye Hannah (2016-) [Co-Supervisor]
- Cultural intermediaries and the presence of Welsh national identities in public celebrity images – Alex Brady (2013-2018) [Director of Studies]
- BBC Television Drama Production in the Nations and Regions – Nina Jones (2010-2016) [Co-Supervisor]
- AHRC-funded PhD: Spaces of television – Production, site and style – Ben Lamb (2010-2014) [Co-Supervisor]
Masters by Research Students
- The Disneyfication of Star Wars?’: Media Franchising and Transmedia Storytelling – Charlie Andrews (2016-2019) [Director of Studies]
- The rise of the cybercelebrity: Understanding celebrity production and the construction of authenticity on YouTube – Katherine Edwardes (2016-2018) [Director of Studies]
- The treasured memories of childhood and television: Intergenerational memory, the home & children’s remake television – Laura Jones (2014-2017) [Second Supervisor]
- UFO Culture in Wales in the 1970s – Emyr Davies (2013-2015) [Second Supervisor]
- Adventures in Time and Facebook: Evolution of Online Doctor Who fandom – Amy Genders (2012-2013) [Second Supervisor]
- The Branding of the Consumer Relationship: How the Online Brand Community is Animated by its Fans – Emma Leslie (2010-2012) [Second Supervisor].
Research Degree Examination
- ‘Placing Fandom: Film Tourism in Contemporary Fan Culture’ – Abby Waysdorf (Eramus University, Rotterdam, 2017) – Doctoral Committee member.
- ‘’Us and Them’: the Construction of Fan Authority in the Online Defence of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – Anthony Soegito (Macquarie University New South Wales, Australia, 2017) – Masters by Research, External Examiner.
- ‘Interrogating Tweendom online: Fangirls, Gender and iCarly fandom’ – Helena Dare-Edwards (University of East Anglia, 2015) – PhD, External Examiner.
- ‘Professional Wrestling and its application as a social and cultural phenomenon in South Wales’ (University of South Wales, 2013) –Masters by Research, Internal Examiner.
Rebecca welcomes enquiries from postgraduate research students interested in the areas of:
Audience and fan studies
Stardom and celebrity
Mediated spaces and places
Genres such as horror, fantasy & science-fiction.
Williams, R. and P. Booth (ed.) (Under contract) Fan Studies: Methods, Ethics, Research, Iowa: University of Iowa Press.
Williams, R. (2020) Theme Park Fandom: Spatial Transmedia, Materiality, and Participatory Cultures Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press.
Williams, R. (ed.) (2018) Everybody Hurts: Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fan Cultures Iowa: University of Iowa Press.
Williams, R. (2015) Post-object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-Narrative, London: Bloomsbury.
Williams, R. (ed.) (2013) Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, London: I.B. Tauris.
Guest Editing of Journals
Guest edited issue of American Behavioral Scientist (with Dr Lucy Bennett) on fan controversies (forthcoming).
Special issue of Journal of Fandom Studies on Endings, Beginnings, Transitions & Revivals in Fandom (2018), Issue 6 (1).
Special issue of Critical Studies in Television on the topic of Television Drama and National Identity in Small Nations, with Steve Blandford, Stephen Lacey and Ruth McElroy (2011), Issue 6 (2).
Contributor to Schell, Heather and Katherine Larsen (2019) How the Story Ends: Gender, Sexuality, and Nation in the Happy Ending Writing From Below (Special Issue on Happiness), 4 (2).
Williams, R., (2019) Funko Hannibal in Florence: Fan Tourism, Participatory Culture, and Paratextual Play JOMEC Journal, (14), pp.71–90. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/jomec.179
Williams, R. (2018) ‘Tumblr’s GIF culture and the infinite image: Fannish ruptures and ‘working through’ on a microblogging platform Transformative Works and Cultures, 27
Williams, R. (2016) ‘No Lynch, No Peaks!’ Authorship, fan/actor campaigns and the challenges of Twin Peaks’ return Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives 2 (2): 55-65.
Williams, R. (2016) In Focus: Ontological security, authorship and resurrection: Exploring Twin Peaks’ social media afterlife Cinema Journal 55 (3):143-147.
Williams, R. (2016) Localebrities, adopted residents, and local characters: Audience and celebrity in a small nation, Celebrity Studies 7 (2): 154-168 .
Williams, R. (2014) The past isn’t dead…it’s deadly”: Horror, history and locale in ITV1’s Whitechapel, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11 (1): 68-85.
Williams, R. (2013) Unlocking The Vampire Diaries: Genre, authorship, and quality in teen TV horror, Gothic Studies.15 (1): 88-99.
Williams, R. (2013) Anyone who calls Muse a Twilight band will be shot on sight”: Music, distinction, and the ‘interloping fan’ in the Twilight franchise, Popular Music and Society, 36 (3): 327-342.
Williams, R. (2011) Cannibals in the Brecon Beacons: Torchwood, Place and Television Horror, Critical Studies in Television, 6 (2): 61-73.
Williams, Rebecca (2011) ‘“This is the night TV died”: Television post-object fandom and the demise of The Wing Wing, Popular Communication, 8 (4): 266-279.
McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2011) The Appeal of the Past in Historical Reality Television: Coal House at War and its audiences, Media History, 17 (1): 79-96.
McElroy, R. and Williams. R. (2011) Remembering Ourselves, Viewing the Others: historical reality television and celebrity in the small nation, Television and New Media, 12 (3): 187-206.
Williams, R. (2011) Wandering off into soap land”: Gender, genre and ‘shipping’ The West Wing, Participations: International Journal of Audience Research, 8 (1).
Williams, R. (2011) ‘“Endemol approved clones”: Big Brother, illusio and celebrity: Celebrity Forum special issue: Big Brother RIP: 10 years of celebrity production’, Celebrity Studies, 2 (2): 218-220.
Williams, R. (2010) ‘Good Neighbours?: Fan/producer relationships and the broadcasting field’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 24 (2): 281-91.
Hills, M. and Williams, R. (2005) ’It’s All My Interpretation: Reading Spike Through the ‘Subcultural Celebrity’ of James Marsters’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8 (3): 345-65.
Williams, R. (2004) It’s About Power”: Spoilers and Fan Hierarchy in On-Line Buffy Fandom, Slayage: The On-Line International Journal of Buffy Studies, 11-12.
Williams, R. (forthcoming, 2020) ‘DisneyBounding & Beyond: Fandom, Cosplay, & Embodiment in Themed Spaces’, in Sartorial Fandom: Fashion, Beauty Culture, and Identity, edited by Suzanne Scott and Elizabeth Affuso. [Invited Chapter].
Williams, R. (Forthcoming, 2020) ’The ‘Eatymologies’ of the Theme Park: Re-creation, Imagination and the ‘Extra/Ordinary’ in Disney Foodstuff’, in Eating Fandom: Intersections Between Fans & Food Cultures, edited by CarrieLynn D. Rheinhard, Bertha Chin & Julia E. Largent, London: Routledge.
Williams, R. (forthcoming, 2020) ‘Disney Fandom’ in Pop Culture Fandoms: The Who, What, and Why of Global Fan Cultures edited by Katherine Larsen, Greenwood Publishing. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (forthcoming, 2020) ‘Media tourism, culinary cultures, and embodied fan experience: Visiting Hannibal’s Florence’ in Maria Månsson, Lena Eskilsson and Anne Buchmann (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism London: Routledge.
Williams, R. (2019) ‘Foreword’ in Juliette Kitchens and Julie Hawk (ed.) Transmediating the Whedonverse(s): Essays on Text, Paratext, and Metatext Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan. [Invited Contribution]
Williams, R. (2019) ‘From Star Tours to Galaxy’s Edge: Immersion, transmediality and ‘haptic fandom’ in Disney’s Theme Parks’ in William Proctor and Richard McCulloch (eds.) Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception Iowa: University of Iowa Press. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2019) ‘“Putting the show out of its misery” – Textual endings, anti-fandom and the ‘rejection discourse’’ in Melissa Click (ed.) Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age New York: New York University Press. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2018) ‘“Fate has a habit of not letting us choose our own endings”: Post-object fandom, social media & material culture at the end of Hannibal’ in Paul Booth (ed.) Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies Oxford: Wiley. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2018) ‘Saving Maelstrom: Theme park fandom, replacement and the Disney brand’ in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Everybody Hurts: Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fandom University of Iowa Press.
Williams, R. (2018) ‘Fan pilgrimage & tourism’ in Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom London: Routledge, pp. 98-106. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2016) ‘Walking Whitechapel: Ripper Street, Whitechapel, and place in the Gothic crime drama’ in Ruth McElroy (ed.) Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops On The Box London: Routledge. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. and R. McElroy (2016) ‘Omnisexuality And The City: Exploring national and sexual identity in BBC Wales’ Torchwood’ in Huw Osborne (ed.) Queer Wales:The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales Lampeter: University of Wales Press.
Williams, R. (2016) “We live round here too”: Representing fandom and local celebrity in Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets’, in Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth (ed.) Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2015) ‘“Anyone who Calls Muse a Twilight Band will be Shot on Sight”: Music, Distinction, and the “Interloping Fan” in the Twilight Franchise’, in Mark Duffett (ed.) Fan Identities and Practices: Dedicated to Music London: Routledge. [Reprint of journal article]
Williams, R. (2014) ‘Neighbours’ in Bridget Griffen-Foley (ed.) A Companion to the Australian Media , Australian Scholarly Publishing. [Invited Contribution]
Williams, R. (2013) ‘Tweeting the Tardis: Interaction, live-ness and social media in Doctor Who fandom’, in Matt Hills (ed.) New Dimensions in Doctor Who: Exploring Space, Time and Television, London: I.B. Tauris. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2013) ‘Introduction: Torchwood: Bridging the mainstream/cult rift’ in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, London: I.B. Tauris.
Williams, R. (2013) ‘Tonight’s the Night with …Captain Jack!: John Barrowman as celebrity/subcultural celebrity/localebrity’, in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, London: I.B. Tauris.
Williams, R. (2011) ‘Desiring The Doctor: Identity, gender and genre in online science-fiction fandom’ in James Leggott and Tobias Hochscherf (ed.) British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.
Williams, R and Kalviknes Bore, I.L. (2010) ‘Transnational Twilighters: A Twilight fan community in Norway’ in Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Lissa Behm-Morawitz (ed.) Bitten by Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and the Vampire Franchise, New York: Peter Lang.
Williams, R. (2007) ‘From Beyond Control to In Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore’s Feminist Agency/Authorship’, in Su Holmes and Sean Redmond (eds.) Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader, London: Sage.
Hills, M. and Williams, R. (2005) ’Angel’s Monstrous Mothers and Vampires with Souls: Investigating the Abject in ‘Television Horror’’ in Stacey Abbott (ed.) Reading Angel: The TV Spin-Off With A Soul, London: I.B. Tauris. [Invited Chapter]
Williams, R. (2019) ‘Looking for Flavortown: Touristic Culinary Consumption in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’, In Media Res (Themed week on food media), Monday 11 February, 2019.
Williams, R. (2017) ‘IWA Media Summit 2017: A look back and a look forward’, Centre for Media & Culture in Small Nations blog Online
Williams, R. (2016) ‘Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like …’, In Media Res. (Themed tie-in week with Cinema Journal on Twin Peaks). Online
Williams, R. (2016) ‘Analysing Online Postings: Exploring Television Fandom and Identity’, SAGE Research Methods Platform. Online
Williams, R. (2015) ‘Cooking with Hannibal: Food, fandom and participation’, In Media Res (Themed week on Hannibal). Online
Williams, R. (2013) ‘Torchwood and its Interim Fandom’, Who Watching. Online
Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) ‘Comment: Screening the Nation? Contemporary Landmark Drama from Wales’, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, Vol. 7.
Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television, BBC Audience Council for Wales research report.
Williams, R. (2016) Book review: The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers’ Critical Studies in Television 11 (3): 394-395.
Williams, R. (2015) Book review: ‘Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis Journal of Fandom Studies 3 (2): 229-230.
Williams, R. (2014) Book review: Screening Twilight , Viewfinder (British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)).
Williams, R. (2014) Book review: Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series, Critical Studies in Television 9 (2).
Williams, R. (2012) Book review: Enric Castello, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O’Donnell (ed.) (2009) The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television, Critical Studies in Television 7 (2).
Williams, R. (2010) Cyfrwng Conference 2009 Report, Cyfrwng website
Williams, R. (2009) Book review: Jill Walker Rettberg (2008) ’Blogging: Digital Media and Society Series, Journalism Studies 10 (4): 568-569.
Williams, R. (2008) Conference review: Whoniversal Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who, and its Spin-Offs, Cardiff University, 14-16 November, 2008, Critical Studies in Television Online
Williams, R. (2008) Book review: Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss and C. Lee Harrington (ed.) (2007) Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, Participations 5 (2)
Selected Conference Papers & Talks
• [Keynote Speaker] ‘Title TBC’, Anglistentag: German Association for the Study of English: Active Audiences, Fans and Participatory Culture: Reciprocal Communication and Creativity, Jena, Germany, September 2020.
• ‘Metonymic Celebrity’ and ‘Ani-embodiment’: Exploring Fan Encounters with Theme Park Characters’, Transformations in Celebrity Culture: The Fifth International Celebrity Studies Conference, University of Winchester, June 2020.
• ‘Co-Option Without Consent? The Re-appropriation and Regulation of Fan Practices in Themed Places’, Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions, Kings College London, April 2020.
• ‘Dressing for Disney: Fandom, Materiality & Embodied Transmedia Extension’, Fan Studies Network Conference, Portsmouth University, June 2019.
• [Keynote Speaker] ‘Spatially Poaching the Haunted Mansion: The Pleasures, Perils & Participatory Affordances of Disney Theme Park Fandom’, A Celebration of Disney, DePaul University, Chicago, USA, May 2019.
• ‘What Can Disney Tell us about Contemporary Media Culture?’, Film & Media Perspective and Cultures, Shrewsbury College, March 2019.
• [Invited Research Seminar] ‘Transmediality, Materiality and Paratextual-Spatio-Play in the Fan-Tourist Experience’, Salford University, February 2019.
• [Invited Speaker] ‘Spatial Transmedia, Participatory Cultures and the Global Theme Park’, Intersections: Japanese and Western Fan Studies in Conversation Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, December 2018.
• ‘Travels in Transmediality: Spatial Convergence, Participatory Cultures and the ‘Lecterverse’, with Dr. Ross Garner, The Production of Location: The Eighth International Tourism and Media (ITAM) Conference, University of Liverpool, July 2018.
• ‘Of Mice and Minions: Fandom, ‘Ani-embodiment’ and “Metonymic Celebrity” in the Theme Park Character Encounter’, Fan Studies Network Conference 2018, Cardiff University, UK, June 2018.
• ‘The Goldblum That Keeps on GIF-ing: Jurassic Park’s Afterlife in Meme Culture’, 25 Years of Jurassic Park (1993): An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Palaeontological Imagination, Cardiff University, June 2018.
• ‘Butterbeer, Dole Whip and Duff: Materiality, Paratexts, and Consumable Culture in the Theme Park Fan Experience’, SCMS: Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2018, Toronto, Canada, March 2018.
• ‘Funko Hannibal in Florence: Transmediality and Paratextual Play in the Fan-Tourist Experience’, Fan Studies Network Conference 2017, University of Huddersfield. June 2017.
• ‘Tomb Sweet Tomb: Transmediality, Narrative and Fandom at Disney’s Haunted Mansion’, Locating Imagination: Popular Culture, Tourism, and Belonging, Erasmus University Rotterdam, April 2017.
• [Keynote Speaker] ‘Immortal fandom?; The post-object afterlives of Joss Whedon’s television shows’, Seventh Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, Kingston University, UK, July 2016.
• ‘‘‘I need to work but…’: Subcultural Celebrity, Labour and the Celebrity/fan in the No Lynch/No Twin Peaks Campaign’, 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity, University of Amsterdam, June 2016.
• ‘R.I.P River Country: Abandoned theme park rides, ontological security and online memorialization’, Fan Studies Network Conference 2016, University of East Anglia, June 2016.
• [Invited Research Seminar] ‘Researching Theme Park Fandom: Distinction, Identity & Immersion’, Birmingham City University, February 2016.
• “Princess Elsa and her 13,000 square foot restroom”: Theme park fandom, replacement and the Disney brand’, Fan Studies Network Conference 2015, University of East Anglia, June 2015.
• ‘The resurrection of Twin Peaks: Fan identity, ontological security and authorship’, “I’ll See You in 25 Years” The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV’, University of Salford, May 2015.
• [Internal Research Seminar] ‘The Resurrection of Twin Peaks: Ontological Security, Authorship and the Limits to Studying Returning Texts’, University of South Wales, May 2015.
• ‘The show from another place: Twin Peaks’ social media afterlife’, SCMS: Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2015.
• [Invited Workshop Participant] AHRC-funded workshop on Cult TV, TV Cultures, Northampton University, April 2014.
• [Internal Research Seminar] “I can’t believe he has died”: Post-object fandom, ontological security, and actor/character deaths’, Communication, Media and Cultural Studies Research Unit seminar series, University of South Wales, February 2014.
• ‘Conceptualising ‘localebrity’: Stardom and celebrity in the small nation’, Topographies of Popular Culture, University of Tampere, Finland, October 2013.
• ‘Regeneration & replacement: Doctor Who, character, and post-object fandom’, Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity: An Interdisciplinary Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Adventures in Time and Space, University of Hertfordshire, September 2013.
• [Invited Roundable Speaker] Screening and discussion of ‘Warm Bodies’ for SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film. Part of Cardiff University’s Before I Die Festival held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, May 2013.
• ‘Wandering Whitechapel: Place, the past, and the domestic in Gothic crime drama’, Cops on the Box: Crime Drama on Contemporary UK Television Screens, University of Glamorgan, March 2013.
• ‘Location, location, location: Exploring celebrity, locality, and identity in the small nation’, Narratives and Social Memory: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, June 2012.
• [Internal Research Seminar] ‘Location, location, location: Cult/mainstream celebrity in the small nation’, Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, University of Glamorgan, November 2011.
• [Invited Presentation] Introduction to screening of ‘Strigoi’ for SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, October 2011. http://cardiffsciscreen.blogspot.com/2011/11/strigoi-undead-by-rebecca-williams.html
• Tonight’s the Night with …Captain Jack!: John Barrowman as celebrity/subcultural celebrity/localebrity’’,Alien Nation: A Conference on British Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Television, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, July 2011.
• ‘Transnational Twilighters: A Twilight fan community in Norway’, with Dr. Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore, 4th Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference, Edinburgh Filmhouse, March 2011.
• ‘Unlocking The Vampire Diaries: Genre, authorship, and quality in the teen vampire series’, Vegetarians, VILFs and Fang-Bangers: Modern Vampire Romance in Print and on Screen, de Montfort University, Leicester, November 2010.
• ‘Screening the Nation: Landmark television and the representation of a small bilingual nation’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, ECREA European Communication Conference, University of Hamburg, October 2010.
• ‘Portrayal, nation and Welsh contemporary landmark drama’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture, Politics, University of Wales Conference Centre, July 2010.
• ‘“Anyone who calls Muse a Twilight band will be shot on sight”: Music, fandom, and distinction in the Twilight franchise’, Popular Music Fandom: A One-Day Symposium, University of Chester, June 2010.
• ‘Channeling horror: Torchwood, monstrosity and the road to BBC1’, Investigating Torchwood: Texts, Contexts, Audiences, University of Glamorgan, June 2010.
• [Internal Research Seminar] ‘Historical reality television and its audiences: gender,
place and nostalgia’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, Centre for the Study of Media and Culture
in Small Nations and Centre for Gender Study in Wales Research Seminar, University
of Glamorgan, May 2010.
• [Invited BBC Research Seminar] ‘Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television’, with Prof. Steve Blandford, Prof. Stephen Lacey and Dr. Ruth McElroy, BBC Audience Council Wales/Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries seminar, March 2010.
• [Invited Roundtable Speaker] Screening and discussion of ‘The Wolfman’ for SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film: The Imaginaries of Science and Society, held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, March 2010.
• ‘Making Sense of the Past? Television history and its participatory audiences’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, Television History Conference, University of Lincoln, July 2009.
• ‘Press coverage of landmark television and the small nation: Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Wales’, “Locating Media” NECS Conference, Lund University, Sweden, June 2009.
• ‘Remembering Ourselves, Viewing the Others: participant audiences of historical reality TV’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, Big Reveal: Lifestyle TV Conference, University of Brighton, May 2009.
• [Invited Research Seminar] ‘BBC Wales’ Coal House at War audience project’, with Dr. Ruth McElroy, Swansea University, October 2008.
• Internal funding of £6,000 for project on ‘Localebrity: Examining Audience Responses to Celebrity in a Small Nation’ via Resarch Investment Scheme (2012-2013). Principal Investigator.
• Successful internal bid for fully-funded University of Glamorgan Centenary PhD Studentship on topic of Celebrity in Small Nations (2012).
Member of the Steering Committee for the Fan & Audience Studies Special Interest Group for the Society of Cinema & Media Studies
Member of Editorial Board of Transformative Works and Cultures
Member of Editorial Board of Celebrity Studies
Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Fandom Studies
Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Intensities: Cult Media Journal
Former Book Reviews Assistant for the journal Critical Studies in Television
Member of Board of Fan Studies Network
Former member of the management committee of Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal (2008-2014).
Member of the Steering Group of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations – University of South Wales
Member of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales (University of South Wales) and the Music Media & Drama Research Unit (University of South Wales).
Member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and ECREA Television Studies Section.
Rebecca is an internationally recognised expert on the topics of fandom, media audiences & Participatory Cultures; celebrity studies, and mediated space and place.
She was interviewed in 2017 about her research into Post-object Fandom for a short film screened at the 2017 Annual No Boundaries Conference
She has also been interviewed for press by:
- BBC World News’ Witness History radio show (2020)
- BBC Radio Wales (UK, 2019)
- BBC Radio Coventry (UK, 2019)
- Heart Radio (UK, 2018)
- The Sunday Times (UK, 2017)
- The Guardian (UK, 2016)
- Verdens Gang (Norway, 2016). Print only.
- BBC One Wales: The Wales Report (UK, 2016)
- Journalist Greg Lansdowne for book Living a Fan’s Adventure Tale: A-Ha in the Eyes of the Beholders
- Information (Denmark, 2014)
- Los Angeles Times (US, 2012)
- The Western Mail (Wales, UK, 2012)
- The Sunday Times (UK, 2012). Print only.
Areas of Expertise
- Media audiences & fandom
- Participatory cultures
- Mediated space & place
- Media Tourism
- Celebrity & stardom
- Digital & social media
- Media endings, resurrections and revivals
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