Dr Joseph Brennan

B.A. Media (Macquarie), B.A. Media and Comms (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Dr Joseph Brennan joins the Department of Media and Communications as Lecturer in 2017. He has been teaching in the Department since 2010, including as part of a two-year Teaching Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2012–3. He received his Ph.D. from Sydney in 2014, and is a university medallist. He has worked previously in publishing as an art critic and as a consultant in public relations.

Research interests

Dr Brennan works primarily across the fields of fan, pornography, and celebrity studies. In particular he is interested in exploring the intersections and conflicts within male sexuality, especially how such intersections and conflicts play out through online discourse. His doctoral research used textual and ethnographic approaches to theorise a queer fan practice known as ‘slash manips,’ the remixing of male popular and pornographic imagery using digital tools. In his post-doctoral work he has taken an interest in the analysis of audience reactions to extreme and fetish pornography; in the conditions of porn stardom and porn ‘aesthetics’; in celebrity scandals and homosexual stereotyping; and in fan activism.

Teaching and supervision

  • MECO1001 Introduction to Media Studies (Semester 1, 2017)
  • MECO3673 Research Methods (Semester 1, 2017)
  • MECO6928 Media and Communication Internship (Semester 1, 2017)
  • MECO3609 Critical Practice in Media (Semester 2, 2017)
  • MECO6928 Media and Communication Internship (Semester 2, 2017)
  • MECO6935 Professional Practice (Semester 2, 2017)

Current projects

Queerbaiting

Dr Brennan is currently working to further scholarly consideration of the fan activist concept ‘queerbaiting.’ This term is employed by media fans to criticise homoerotic suggestiveness in contemporary television when this suggestiveness is not actualised in the program narrative. In addition to his own published research on the topic, Dr Brennan is editing a journal special issue that will appear in Journal of Fandom Studies in 2018, and a collection of essays to be published as part of an academic book series.

Associations

  • Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)
  • Popular Culture Association of Australia, Asia, and New Zealand (PopCAANZ)
  • International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS)

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Awards and honours

  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship (2012–3)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2010–3)

In the media

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Brennan, J. (2017). 'Jensen Ackles is a (homophobic) douchebag': the 'politics of slash' in debates on a TV star's homophobia. Celebrity Studies, 8(2), 246-261. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Abuse Porn: Reading Reactions to Boys Halfway House. Sexuality & Culture, 21(2), 423-440. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Cruising for Cash: Prostitution on Grindr. Discourse, Context & Media. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Exploitation in all-male pornography set in the Czech Republic. European Journal of Cultural Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Gay Men and the Coming Out of Colton Haynes. Celebrity Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Microporn in the Digital Media Age: Fantasy out of Context. Porn Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Oscar Pistorius: Disability Discourses in Homosexual Forums. Disability and Society. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Public-sex: Viewer Discourse on Deerborn's 'Homemade' Gay Porn. Psychology & Sexuality. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Queerbaiting: The 'playful' possibilities of homoeroticism. International Journal of Cultural Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Size Matters: Penis Size and Sexual Position in Gay Porn Profiles. Journal of Homosexuality. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'Bare-backing spoils everything. He's spoiled goods': Disposal and disgust, a study of retired power bottom twink Jake Lyons. Porn Studies, 3(1), 20-33. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'If Duchamp's toilet can be a masterpiece..': Slash Manips as Fannish Readymades. Journal of Fandom Studies, 4(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'Shouldn't Tom Daley be a bottom?': Homosexual stereotyping online. Sexualities, 19(7), 853-868. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). The 'gonzo aesthetic' in gay porn: Fraternity X and Sketchy Sex. Porn Studies, 3(4), 386-397. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). The Todd Carney "bubbling" social media scandal. Popular Communication, 14(4), 199-211. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2015). 'You could shame the great Arthur himself': A queer reading of Lancelot from BBC's 'Merlin' with respect to the character in Malory, White, and Bradley. Arthuriana, 25(2), 20-43. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2015). 'You gave me no choice': A queer reading of Mordred's journey to villainy and struggle for identity in BBC's Merlin. Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 26, 1-12.
  • Brennan, J. (2014). 'Fandom is full of pearl clutching old ladies': Nonnies in the online slash closet. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(4), 363-380. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J., Large, D. (2014). 'Let's get a bit of context': Fifty Shades and the Phenomenon of 'Pulling to Publish' in Twilight Fan Fiction. Media International Australia, 152, 27-39.
  • Brennan, J. (2014). Not 'From My Hot Little Ovaries': How Slash Manips Pierce Reductive Assumptions. Continuum, 28(2), 247-264. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2014). The Fannish Parergon: Aca-fandom and the Decentred Canon. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 3(2), 217-232. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2013). Slash Manips: Remixing Popular Media with Gay Pornography. M/C Journal, 16(4).

2017

  • Brennan, J. (2017). 'Jensen Ackles is a (homophobic) douchebag': the 'politics of slash' in debates on a TV star's homophobia. Celebrity Studies, 8(2), 246-261. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Abuse Porn: Reading Reactions to Boys Halfway House. Sexuality & Culture, 21(2), 423-440. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Cruising for Cash: Prostitution on Grindr. Discourse, Context & Media. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Exploitation in all-male pornography set in the Czech Republic. European Journal of Cultural Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Gay Men and the Coming Out of Colton Haynes. Celebrity Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Microporn in the Digital Media Age: Fantasy out of Context. Porn Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Oscar Pistorius: Disability Discourses in Homosexual Forums. Disability and Society. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Public-sex: Viewer Discourse on Deerborn's 'Homemade' Gay Porn. Psychology & Sexuality. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Queerbaiting: The 'playful' possibilities of homoeroticism. International Journal of Cultural Studies. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2017). Size Matters: Penis Size and Sexual Position in Gay Porn Profiles. Journal of Homosexuality. [More Information]

2016

  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'Bare-backing spoils everything. He's spoiled goods': Disposal and disgust, a study of retired power bottom twink Jake Lyons. Porn Studies, 3(1), 20-33. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'If Duchamp's toilet can be a masterpiece..': Slash Manips as Fannish Readymades. Journal of Fandom Studies, 4(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). 'Shouldn't Tom Daley be a bottom?': Homosexual stereotyping online. Sexualities, 19(7), 853-868. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). The 'gonzo aesthetic' in gay porn: Fraternity X and Sketchy Sex. Porn Studies, 3(4), 386-397. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2016). The Todd Carney "bubbling" social media scandal. Popular Communication, 14(4), 199-211. [More Information]

2015

  • Brennan, J. (2015). 'You could shame the great Arthur himself': A queer reading of Lancelot from BBC's 'Merlin' with respect to the character in Malory, White, and Bradley. Arthuriana, 25(2), 20-43. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2015). 'You gave me no choice': A queer reading of Mordred's journey to villainy and struggle for identity in BBC's Merlin. Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 26, 1-12.

2014

  • Brennan, J. (2014). 'Fandom is full of pearl clutching old ladies': Nonnies in the online slash closet. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(4), 363-380. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J., Large, D. (2014). 'Let's get a bit of context': Fifty Shades and the Phenomenon of 'Pulling to Publish' in Twilight Fan Fiction. Media International Australia, 152, 27-39.
  • Brennan, J. (2014). Not 'From My Hot Little Ovaries': How Slash Manips Pierce Reductive Assumptions. Continuum, 28(2), 247-264. [More Information]
  • Brennan, J. (2014). The Fannish Parergon: Aca-fandom and the Decentred Canon. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 3(2), 217-232. [More Information]

2013

  • Brennan, J. (2013). Slash Manips: Remixing Popular Media with Gay Pornography. M/C Journal, 16(4).

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