My name is Het Phillips and I’m writing a PhD thesis about representations of ‘The Moors Murderers’ (Ian Brady and Myra Hindley) and ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ (Peter Sutcliffe) in popular culture. I look at gender, sexuality, class and constructions of ‘the North’ and how these killers are used to talk about these themes beyond their original legal/historical settings.
Some of my research interests include: crime, popular culture, gender, sexuality, masculinity, class, constructions of a British ‘North’, the mid-20th century, visual culture, Graham Greene, spaces and landscapes, the uncanny, James Joyce, hauntings, and indie music’s alternative histories of crime.
I am a member of the Crime Studies Network, I have until recently chaired the Roles Sexuality and Gender Forum, I have worked as a research assistant for GAFT and CFWD, and I recently taught the Introduction to Film Studies module to first year students in American and Canadians Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Out in the world of not-academia, I like ~doing crafts~, clothes, DIY indie music and culture, halloween-related kitsch, industrial architecture, over the top hair and makeup, watching terrible British crime dramas, shouting at the telly, eating delicious foods, the seaside, and complaining a lot. I write a fashion and fat activism blog, and I make a zine about my life.