Dr Fan Carter


I am the Head of Department for Critical and Historical Studies in Kingston School of Art.  I have taught in art schools and universities across the fields of art and design history, media cultures and histories since 1991 and have held posts at the universities of Winchester, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton. Before taking up the role of Head of Department in 2020, I was the school director for learning and teaching in Arts, Culture and Communication.

Academic responsibilities

Head of Department


  • DPhil, Sussex.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015.
  • BA, History of Art, Architecture and Design, UEA.

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


I have a long standing research interest in the relationships between commercial cultures, gendered practices and visual media. My publications are in the areas of magazine studies, consumer culture, celebrity culture and reality TV programming.  My  doctoral study of teenage girls' magazines and their readers in the 1990s looked at the ways in which magazine cultures were positioned within and contributed to broader debates pertaining to sexual morality and gender identities. I am currently working on a cultural history of young women's magazines in the 1960s, looking at the interrelationship between femininity, consumer culture and new models of subjectivity. The project draws across archive material of magazines and marketing promotions as well as oral histories of readers and journalists from the period.

Research student supervision


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Book Section

Andrews, Maggie and Carter, Fan (2020) The pursuit of pleasure and politics: women's magazines and women's enfranchisement. In: Conboy, Martin and Bingham, Adrian, (eds.) The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3: Competition and Disruption, 1900 -2017. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. (The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, 3) (In Press)

Carter, Fan (2016) A Taste of Honey: Get-ahead femininity in 1960s Britain. In: Ritchie, Rachel , Hawkins, Sue , Phillips, Nicola and Kleinberg, S. Jay, (eds.) Women in magazines: research, representation, production and consumption. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 183-200. (Routledge Research in Gender and History) ISBN 9781138824027

Carter, Fan (2014) What's Luff got to do with it? Teenage magazines, sexuality and regulation in the 1990s (too much, too young? teenage magazines, sexuality and regulation). In: Andrews, Maggie and McNamara, Sallie, (eds.) Women and the media: feminism and femininity in Britain, 1900 to the present. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 231-243. (Routledge research in gender and history) ISBN 9780415660365

Carter, Fan (2011) Between ephemera and posterity: the commemorative magazine issue. In: Andrews, Maggie , Bagot Jewitt, Charles and Hunt, Nigel, (eds.) Lest we forget: remembrance & commemoration. Stroud, U.K. : The History Press. pp. 82-86. ISBN 9780752473345

Carter, Fan and Andrews, Maggie (2008) 'Who let the dogs out?' Pets, parenting and the ethics of lifestyle programming. In: Palmer, Gareth, (ed.) Exposing lifestyle television: the big reveal. Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 39-48. ISBN 9780754674306

Carter, Fan (2005) It's a girl thing: teenage magazines, lifestyle and consumer culture. In: Bell, David and Hollows, Joanne, (eds.) Ordinary lifestyles: popular media, consumption and taste. Maidenhead, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 173-186. ISBN 9780335215508

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