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Dr Barbara Sadler

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Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film and Media

I am a Lecturer in Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism. I am a graduate of the University (BA Media/MA Media and Culture) and hold a doctoral degree from the University of Lincoln.

My PhD research was part of an AHRC funded project 'Televising History'.

My research interests include media history, representations of the past on screen, media representations of identity, ephemeral media (advertisements and other interstitials)  audience research and media production research.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader and Personal Tutor for BA (Hons) Film and Media. I am module leader for several core and optional modules which include: 
  • FDN018 Multimedia Communication
  • MAC101 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
  • MED216 Researching Media in Everyday Lives
  • MED217 Academic Research Skills
  • MAC301 Media Studies 2

Research interests for potential research students

  • Television and Media Studies
  • Cultural Constructions of Identity
  • Social Media Participation
  • Representations of the past on screen
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Media History
  • Media Production Studies
  • Audience Studies

I have supervised dissertations on a range of topics including representations of female heroes in film, constructions of 'place' and identity in Animal Crossing, the impact of social media on contemporary journalism and an analysis of public response to Southpark.


My PhD formed part of an AHRC funded project 'Televising History'. My section of the research was investigating ITV history from the regional perspective and the connections between place and identity. In the thesis I analyse ITV regional and national station identifiers and a regional television programme, The Way We Were, each of which were formatted differently for specific regions. The thesis includes a production study and audience reception study to examine how the programme was constructed by producers and then interpreted by audiences.

I have given several Conference papers on my doctoral research. My forthcoming publication relates to representations of the medical profession in the period drama Poldark.


Number of items: 7.


Holdsworth, Amy and Sadler, Barbara (2010) Northern Views: A Report from the Northern Television Studies Research Group. Visual Culture in Britain, 11 (1). pp. 137-141. ISSN 1471-4787

Book Section

Sadler, Barbara (2020) Avoiding ‘the faddlings of Dr Choake’: The professionalisation of medicine in Poldark? In: Diagnosing History. Manchester University Press. (In Press)

Conference or Workshop Item

Sadler, B (2021) Using Television logos and interstitials as historical source: Mapping the decline of regional ITV companies and the development of a national ITV channel in England 1978- 2005. In: Television Histories in Development Conference, 30 Sept-1 Oct 2021, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Sadler, Barbara (2021) ‘Pedagogical triage’ through the Media Reading Group? In: Digital Teaching and Learning Conference, 30 June 2021, University of Sunderland.

Sadler, Barbara (2021) The Bodies of Poldark: Time, Masculinity and Medicine. In: BAFTSS Annual Conference: Time and the Body in Film, Television and Screen Studies, 7-9 April 2021, Hosted by University of Southampton.

Sadler, Barbara (2019) ‘Where Drama Lives’: Using ITV logos and branding to identify change and struggle at ITV. In: IAMHIST Annual Conference: Power and the Media, 16-19 July 2019, University of Northumbria.

Sadler, Barbara (2013) The Way We Were: Producing and consuming regional identities. In: CRMCS Research Seminar Series, 10 June 2013, University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Sat Apr 1 10:17:47 2023 BST.
  • Media studies
  • Audience research
  • Production research
  • Social constructions of identity
  • Representations of the past
I am an active member of of the academic misconduct panel and the quality and diversity committee.

Last updated 19 November 2021