Dr Joseph Brennan
B.A. Media (Macquarie), B.A. Media and Comms (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney
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.
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)
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.
- Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)
- Popular Culture Association of Australia, Asia, and New Zealand (PopCAANZ)
Awards and honours
- Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship (2012–3)
- Australian Postgraduate Award (2010–3)
In the media
Research mention in Vice article on gay porn star deaths
Interview in Vice about fan fiction
Interview on RadioNational's Life Matters