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Kat Deerfield


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Critical and Cultural Theory

PhD Research

Working Title: The Astronautís Body: Gender and Sexuality in (Outer) Space and Time

My research explores the gendered and sexualised aspects of non-fiction work on extra-terrestrial exploration, particularly through stories of female astronauts and narratives of futures in outer space. My work is informed by feminist and queer theories of the body, space, and temporality, and I aim to illustrate how the bodily extremes of human spaceflight experiences impact upon broader discussions of spatial and temporal embodiment.

Supervisor: Prof Chris Weedon

Academic Background

MA Critical and Cultural Theory (Distinction), Cardiff University, 2011

BA Communication Studies and Comparative World Literature (Magna cum laude), California State University Long Beach, 2010


Book Review:  Mary L. Gray, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (New York: New York University Press, 2009) for Assuming Gender, 2:1 (2011) 84-87.

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

‘When is Space?’, Power, Time and Agency: Exploring the role of critical temporalities, University of Manchester, 17-18 January 2013.

‘Animals in Space: Ham, Enos, and the Cat that Got Away’, Cosmopilitan Animals, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 26-27 October 2012.

‘”Instant Nostalgia”: The Retro Turn in Digital Photography’, Cultural Translations Symposium, University of Malta, 15-16 April 2011.


I am a postgraduate tutor for the undergraduate English Literature I module.