I am an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in the critical analyses of gender, race and technology in popular culture and practices in everyday life. Looking at various international contexts, my research, teaching and publications span across a broad range of areas in media and cultural studies (e.g. film, music, television, gaming, anime/manga, advertising, social networking, celebrity/fan studies). My latest book, The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture (2018) examines technology in film, advertising, television and anime/manga within the context of the US, the UK and Japan. My current collaborative research involves the investigation of digital technologies, apps and the politics of digital refusal, with recent funded projects and co-authored publications in the area of digital studies.
Passionate about raising the visibility of East Asian and BAME identities, I am also Co-Chair of ManMet's Race Staff Forum. I have organised international events to promote Japan and Japanese raciality - currently, as part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture initiative, I am co-organising an ESRC event on Japan and Gender.
More generally, I have written for international media outlets such as The New York Times and Newsweek Japan, and appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'.
One of the joyous aspects of life is to share with others - ideas, thoughts, skills, experiences, knowledge, laughter, tears, images, music, food and so on - and the very act of communicating with others enriches our understanding of ourselves and the way the world works. Teaching is part of this collective sharing, and I love to teach because I love to learn.
Enjoy your time at University and make full use of the resources available to you - at no time in your life will you be offered so much support and attention; have readily available access to useful courses, services, information and people; and have the chance to learn, share, interact and experience life together with so many other people. Live University to the full!
I am a very audio-visual/media-oriented person so most likely, I will incorporate these into my teaching activities: these are there for you to engage with, and to make you think about how ideas become digitised and mediated in our world.
I have never believed in the format of teacher-talks-at and students-as-one-group-listen-to for the entirety of a given seminar/lecture. Instead, I believe that talking and listening should be practiced together, where learning is a collective activity. Learning about your individual experiences, thoughts, backgrounds; being shown a clip or a piece of work....these are what make each and every seminar/lecture unique!
2007 PhD Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University
2002 MA Women's Studies, University of York
2000 BA English and Related Literature, University of York
1997 Fine Art (Foundation), Camberwell College of Arts
2011 Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector, Blackburne House
English, Spanish, Japanese
Digital Living: Social Media and Mobile Technologies in a Globalised World
Information and Communications Portfolio
People, Communications and Media Industries
Creative Digital Media Production
Technology, Audiences and Globalisation
Social Networking and Digital Media
Digital Interactions and Behaviour
Digital Living: Social Media, Mobile Technologies and Everyday Life
Forthcoming – Peer-reviewed
Published – Peer-reviewed
Other research outputs
E. Miyake (2018). The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture. I. B. Tauris.
A. Kuntsman, E. Miyake (2008). Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality. York, UK: Raw Nerve Books.
A. Kuntsman, E. Miyake (2019). The paradox and continuum of digital disengagement: denaturalising digital sociality and technological connectivity. Media, Culture & Society. 41(6), pp.901-913.
E. Miyake (2016). Politicizing motorcycles: Racialized capital of technology, techno-Orientalism and Japanese temporality. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. 2(2), pp.209-224.
E. Miyake (2015). Deleuzian motorcycle: Towards a Theory of Motorcycles and the Other. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies.
E. Miyake (2014). Coming Out with Music: from Gay Subculture to Queer Culture. Manchester Region History Review. 25, pp.107-125.
E. Miyake (2013). Queering Ethnography: Dialogues between Music and Queer Theory. Transposition: Musique et Sciences Sociales.
E. Miyake (2006). Book Review: Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Sexualities. 9(4), pp.501-503.
E. Miyake (2004). My, is that cyborg a little queer?. Journal of International Women's Studies. 5(2), pp.53-53.
E. Miyake (2021). Mancunian Pride: The City, Lesbian and Gay Culture, and Local Music-Making Practices. R. Cowgill, DB. Scott. In: Music and Ideas of North. Routledge,
E. Miyake (2014). Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’. In: Fan Phenomena Series: Audrey Hepburn. Intellect and Chicago UP,
E. Miyake (2013). Across the Universe. In: World Film Locations: Liverpool.
E. Miyake (2013). Captain America. In: World Film Locations: Liverpool. intellect and Chicago UP,
E. Miyake, A. Kuntsman (2016). Paradoxes of Digital dis/engagement: a follow up study (businesses and services). , Communities & Culture Network+.
A. Kuntsman, E. Miyake (2015). Paradoxes of Digital Dis/Engagement. Communities and Culture Network +, Communities and Culture Network +.
(November 2019) Go! Gender Go! Japan: media narratives of identity
(October 2017) Japan in the Digital Age, MMU (with Dr. Shiro Yoshioka)
(June 2017) Re-thinking Digital Health: experience, ethics, justice, MMU (with Dr. E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo and Dr. Adi Kuntsman)
(May 2016) Digital Sociology: big data, society and the self, MMU (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman and Dr. Tom Brock)
(Mar 2012) Thinking through Research Methodologies Symposium, Liverpool John Moores University (with Dr. Iqbal Akthar)
(Nov 2008) Still Out of Place? Book Launch/Conference, Liverpool John Moores University (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman)
(Mar 2006) Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality Conference, Lancaster Universuty (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman)
(Oct 2017) British Academy/Levehulme Small Research Grant
(June 2017) Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
(June 2015 + February 2016) Communities and Culture Network+