Alexander Hay

CRAE's Research Communication and Engagement Officer, Alexander Hay.

Role: Research Communication and Engagement Officer.

Bio: Alexander has worked extensively in online university communications, promoting research on everything from palaeontology, robotics and medicine to psychology and digital humanities.

He has also worked in the commercial sector, particularly as a music writer.

He remains research active, with over a dozen publications and a similar number of conference papers to his name, and a doctorate in Cultural Studies awarded by the University of Southampton.

Research Summary: Alongside online media practise and journalism history, Alexander has an interest in how the media transmits and affirms existing belief systems, as well as concepts such as ‘othering’ and popular folklore.  

Current research and activities: He is currently running CRAE’s online communications and helping improve its social media and web offerings. As someone on the Autistic Spectrum, he brings his own personal insights and perspective to the role. Alexander also explores how autism is depicted in the media. both as narrative and critique.

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Five most recent publications:

Hay, A. (2020) ‘Towns that go bump in the night – haunted urbanity and ghostly narratives.’ Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture, 6 (2), pp. 59-83.

Hay, A. (2020) ‘What About A Future – Punk as History and Document.’ In: Grimes, M and Dines, M. (eds.) Punk Now!!! Contemporary Perspectives on Punk. Bristol: Intellect. pp. 43-59.

Hay, A. (2018) ‘From Beneath The Waves’ – Sea-Draugr and the popular conscience’. In: Hackett, J. and Harrington, S. (eds.) Beasts of the Deep: Sea Creatures & Popular Culture. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press. pp. 11-26.

Hay, A. (2018) Phew! What A Blizzard!’ — Black Metal & The UK Popular Press. Metal Music Studies, 4 (2) DOI: 10.1386/mms.4.2.329_1 

Hay, A. (2017). News of the duels: Restoration duelling culture and the early modern press. Martial Arts Studies 3, pp. 89-101.