Dr Melissa Beattie was awarded a PhD in Theatre, Film and TV Studies from Aberystwyth University where she studied Torchwood and national identity through fan/audience research as well as textual analysis. She has published and presented several papers relating to transnational television, audience research and/or national identity. She has worked at universities in the US, South Korea and Pakistan and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Communications at the American University of Armenia.
January 2017, PhD Aberystwyth University
December 2012, MPhil Cardiff University
December 2006, MA Bristol University
September 2002, BA SUNY Buffalo
- Introduction to Communication
- Media and Society
- Research Methods
Potts, L., Beattie, M, et al. Forthcoming. 'A Digital Archive of the Ianto Memorial in Cardiff Bay.' Digital project with the WIDE Institute and Dr Liza Potts.
Beattie, M. Forthcoming. ‘Still.’ in Smith?, S. (ed). Outside In 9. Baltimore, ATB Press.
Beattie, M. and Mitchell, L. 2021. ‘”The Filthiest Gutter of the Realm”?: Negotiating and Negotiated Australian Identities in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.’ at The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.
Beattie, M. 2021. ‘Receptio Non Immaculata.’ in Smith?, S. (ed). Outside In 8. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Beattie, M. 2020. ‘”Like An American But Without a Gun”?: Canadian National Identity and the Kids in the Hall.’ Participations 17.2. Available at https://www.participations.org/Volume%2017/Issue%202/contents.htm.
Beattie, M. 2020. 'Skinner's Sense of Style.' in Smith?, R. (ed). Outside In 7. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Beattie, M. 2019. 'Comedy with Consequences.' Peephole Journal, Vol 12. Available at: http://www.peepholejournal.tv/issue/12/01-beattie/
Beattie, M. 2019. 'Fan Dancing.' Smith?, R. (ed). Outside In Gets a Soul. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Attfield, R. and Beattie, M. 2019. 'Opinion on the Paris Conference, Compensation and Climate Change.' Electronic Green Journal Vol 1. No 42. Available at https://escholarship.org/uc/uclalib_egj .
Beattie, M. 2018. 'What Can You Make Out of a Sword?' Smith?, R. (ed). Outside In Takes a Stab. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Potts, L., Beattie, M., Dallaire, E., Grimes, K. and Turner, K. 2018. Participatory Memory: Fandom Experiences Across Time and Space. Enculturation Intermezzo Digital Press. Available at: intermezzo.enculturation.net/06-potts-et-al.htm
Beattie, M. 2017. '”The Problem Seems to be an American with No Sense of Timing or Fashion:” Costume and National Identity in Torchwood.' Journal of Film, Fashion and Consumption. Vol 6.2. 123-140. available at: https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=3432/
Beattie, M. 2017. "'My' Hero or Epic Fail? Torchwood as Transnational Telefantasy." Palabra Clave. Vol 20 No 3. Available at http://palabraclave.unisabana.edu.co/index.php/palabraclave/issue/view/257.
Beattie, M. 2017. 'Breaking Things,' in Smith?, R. (ed) Outside In Makes It So. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Beattie, M. 2016. 'Remembrances of Things Unseen.' in Smith?, R. (ed) Outside In Boldly Goes. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Cubbison, L. and Beattie, M. 2015. Ethics in the Agents of SHIELD. [online] Available at https://sites.google.com/site/ethicsintheagentsofshield/home.
Beattie, M. 2015. 'Who's Town is it Anyway' in Smith?, R. (ed) Outside In: Vol 2. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Beattie, M. 2014. 'A Most Peculiar Memorial: Cultural Heritage and Fiction', in J. Schofield (ed). Who Needs Experts? Counter-Mapping Cultural Heritage. Aldershot: Ashgate. 215-224. Available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B86HmVXnD53rRGp4NVczLVZrWVE
Beattie, M. 2013. 'The ‘Doctor Who Experience’ (2012—) and the Commodification of Cardiff Bay' in M. Hills, (ed). New Dimensions of Doctor Who. London: I.B. Tauris. Available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B86HmVXnD53reS1FeDN
Beattie, M. 2012. 'Stop All the Clocks,' in Smith? R., (ed). Outside In. Baltimore: ATB Press.
Beattie, M.. 2011. 'A Preliminary Report on the First Excavation Season (1 June-15 July, 2047) at Zombie Assault Site UK546-- Newport, South Wales,' in Smith?, R. et al. (eds). Braaaiiinnnsss: From Academics to Zombies, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
Beattie, M. 2011. 'Whoniversal Translation,' in Burk, G., Smith?, R.. (eds). Time, Unincorporated (Volume 3), Mad Norwegian Press: Des Moines.
Beattie, M. 2011. 'Landmark Television: A Fan's Life in Cardiff.' in Burk, G., Smith?, R., (eds). Time, Unincorporated (Volume 3), Mad Norwegian Press: Des Moines.
Beattie, M. 2010. 'Zero to Hero? Aeneas in The Iliad and Posthomerica,' Rosetta, Vol 8. [online] Available at http://www.rosetta.bham.ac.uk/issue8supp/.
Beattie, M. 2010. 'Life During Wartime: Wartime Morality in Doctor Who,' in Burdge, A., et al. (eds). The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who, Kitsune Press: Tallahassee.
Beattie, M., 2010. 'A Kiss is Just a Kiss (Except When It's Not): Life and Breath in the Whoniverse,' in Garner R , Beattie, M.., McCormack U., (eds). Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Garner R., Beattie, M., McCormack U., (eds). 2010. Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Cambridge Scholars Press: Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Garner R., Beattie, M., McCormack U., 2010. 'Introductory Chapter,' in Garner R.,Beattie, M., McCormack U., (eds). Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Cambridge Scholars Press: Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Piccini, A.A., and, Beattie, M., 2006. 'Conflicting Sounds,' British Archaeology, September/October, pp. 56-57.
Presentations and Invited Talks:
2 August 2021. ‘Good Taste: Travel Food Series as Quality TV,’ at the Critical Studies in Television Conference. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqwINQtT4-k&list=PLBrk-wPNLaVn8h21oryiYpbimT8tMdBBp&index=1 .
11 July 2021. ‘Seeing and “Here-ing:” Use and Interpretation of Banal Diegetic Nationalism,’ at the IAMCR Conference.
19 June, 2021. ‘Media Theory and Methods for Classics and Allied Fields,’ at the Xena: 20 Years On Conference.
11 March, 2021. ‘”You Can Get It If You Really Want:” The Use of Caribbean Music Genres in Death in Paradise,’ for the British Audio-Visual Research Network’s Spring Virtual Colloquia series.
2 October, 2020. ‘“Where the Heartland Is?” Problematised Oklahoma and Oklahomans in Leverage,’ at the Midwestern Popular Culture and American Cultural Association Conference.
3 August, 2020. ‘”What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?!”: Use and Representation of Romanitas by Contemporary British Media and Culture,’ for the Swansea University Summer Seminar series ‘Myth and Politics.’ Available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9eHtyXFeGw .
23 July 2020. (Dr John Riley and Dr Melissa Beattie) ‘Stalking the Zone: Fan Tourism, Tarkovsky and Chernobyl.’ at the virtual Besides the Screen Conference. Available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k55JZLWoeSY .
8 August, 2019. 'Meaning-Making and the Media Text,' workshop for the Department of Media Sciences, Szabist University.
16 October, 2018. 'Semiotics and Representation (or How I Learnt to Start Worrying and Question My Every Decision),' for the Continuing Professional Development Bonus series, Woosong University.
11 November, 2017. 'Introduction to Fan Studies,' for the 80s Basement Lecture series, Salt Lake City, Utah.
5 May 2017. 'Eight Years [G]on[e]: A Study of the Torchwood Memorial in Cardiff Bay,' at 'Ritual 'Litter' Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits' at the University of Hertsfordshire.
28 April 2017. (Dr Liza Potts and Dr Melissa Beattie) '‘Ceci n’est pas un Site Archeologique:’ Contemporary Archaeology, Fan Studies and the Public/Private Interface.' Public Archaeology Twitter Conference.
8 December, 2016. '”Who Is He (and What Is He to You)?”: Identity, Narrative Complexity and the Hallmarks of Quality Cult in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' at the Superheroes and Identity Symposium.
20 July, 2016. 'My Hero: National Identity and Discourses of Torchwood.' at the NAASWCH conference.
24 June, 2016. 'Epic Fail? Torchwood and National Epic.' at the Celtic Classical Conference.
23 May, 2016. 'My' Hero: Transnational Torchwood.' at the Cultural Transduction Conference.
19 August, 2014. (Dr Amanda Potter and Melissa Beattie): 'Res Gestae per Televisionem Nuntio Divi Augusti: Octavian and Rome.' At Leeds' Augustus Bimillennial Symposium.
12-14 June, 2014. '”The Problem Seems to be an American with No Sense of Timing or Fashion:” Costume and National Identity in Torchwood.' at Fashion and Fiction.
13 April, 2014. ''I'd be hopelessly trying to flirt with some guy; meanwhile, your dad would get a date with his sister.' 'Greek' love and Caprica.' at Classical Association Annual Meeting 2014.
1 July, 2013. '”Always Faithful to the Soil:” Autochthony, Genre and Language in Caprica.' at Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space.
21 March, 2013. 'Insert Clever Title Here: Problems with Presenting a PhD in Progress' at Aberystwyth University's TFTS Departmental Conference 2013.
20 July, 2011. ''That is so Welsh!': Torchwood and National Identity' at Alien Nation 2011.
19 December, 2010. 'A Most Peculiar Memorial' at TAG 2010.
18 June, 2010. 'Ne Memoria Excidat: A Study of the Impromptu Ianto Jones Memorial in Cardiff Bay.' at Investigating Torchwood: Text, Context, Audiences.
26 May, 2010. Panelist at book launch for The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who.
10 April, 2010. 'Stoic Elements in Gallifreyan society (or how I learnt to stop worrying and just not interfere)' at the Classical Association Annual Meeting 2010.
14 November, 2009. 'Zero to Hero? Aeneas in The Iliad.' at AMPAL 2009.
1 May, 2009. 'Unfiltered Camels: The Military Use of Camels by the Romans.' Part of ICS 'Work in Progress' lecture series.
15 November, 2008. 'A Kiss is Just a Kiss (Except When It's Not): Life and Breath in the Whoniverse,' at 'Whoniversal' Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who and All of its Spin-Offs.
14 October, 2008. 'Unfiltered Camels: The Military Use of Camels by the Romans.' Part of lecture series in aid of 'Whoniversal' Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who and All of its Spin-Offs.
28 May, 2007. Panelist/moderator at international, media-based convention (Media*West) for panel discussion on narrative consistency in modern mythology.
1 October, 2020-present. Research Support Officer and Social Media Manager, Shattered, Lesser of 2 Weevils Productions, Manchester, UK.
- Researched financial and distribution systems
- Ran Twitter and Instagram accounts for different characters
- Helped manage YouTube channel and website (WordPress)
- Distributed Kickstarter rewards
30 November, 2019. Writer, 'Winning,' Daejeon Ten Minute Play Festival, Jungu Cultural Centre, Daejeon, Korea.
17 November, 2018. Director, Writer and Advertising, A Total [S]Hit Show, Jungu Cultural Centre, Daejeon, Korea.
Directed sketches, including from the booth
Wrote and performed interstitial sketches
Involved in creation, purchase, maintenance and repair of props and costumes
Involved in developing production design and set decoration
Assisted in creating advertising strategy
19 February, 2012. Lyricist, song 'Mine, All Mine,' Workin Process 3, Iris Theatre.
December 2010-December 2012. Head of Translation, Culture and History Team, Writer on Graphic Novels team, Resonance.
- Historical research and coordination of same
- Translation and coordination of translation
- Development of artificial language (artlang), including grammar, syntax, vocabulary and orthography
- Author of graphic novel The Golden Bough
12 June, 2010. Writer of World Domination: A Simple Plan, Sitcom Saturday, Real Deal Theatre.
September 1996-March 1998. Staff Writer, Scientific Consultant, Editor, Webseries seaQuest 2047.
Writing and developing scripts and ideas on deadline.
Editing finished scripts for both scientific accuracy and for general quality.
Consulting with other writers/staff members.
Office location: PAB 137W
Office hours: M 1100-1230; T 1200-1330