Dr F L Philip


I’m Research and Impact Support Officer in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (PRHS), a new role in the School (from April 2021), which works closely with the Directors of Research & Innovation (DoRI) and Impact (DoI), and in conjunction with the Directors of our research centres, helping to develop our thriving and engaged research cultures, as well as enhance our collaborations with external partners (and how we capture and assess all of this).

I worked previously as the School’s dedicated Impact Support Officer (2017-2021), collaborating with the DoI and our case study authors to deliver our REF2021 impact submission.  

Following a stint working in the antiquarian book trade, I completed both my MA and University-funded doctorate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS), University of Leeds, where my doctoral research was supervised by Professor Griselda Pollock and Dr Denis Flannery. I won funding to take me both to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library where I researched the wonderful Bryher and H.D. Papers (Brotherton Library Scholarship) and to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WUN; mentored by Professor Susan Stanford Friedman). I then lectured in CIGS and FAHACS before joining the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds.  I held lectureships in Media and Communication (2013-14; 2015-16) and worked as Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded project Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive (PI: Simon Popple, see also the Yarn Platform) (2014-15)), as well as RA on the ESRC-funded project Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age (2012-13; PI: Professor Bethany Klein).  With Professor Lee Edwards I co-ran the participatory project, Communicating Feminism (2013-14; Ignite) with Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW), co-producing both social media guidance and strategy documents for the charity and its network of autonomous rape crisis centres.  We then piloted a social media campaign, Survivors' Stories (2015-16), collaborating with RCEW, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) and three survivors of sexual violence.

I’ve published on the queer politics of experimental film group POOL's 1930 silent production, Borderline, the ‘double-edged sword’ of a feminist organisation using social media, and copyright in the digital age, as well as authoring blog pieces for partner organisations, such as the Science Museum, and rare book catalogues for my venture Quair Books.

Research interests

Alternative print cultures and histories of the book, especially of the modernist period; experimental cinema and visual cultures of the twentieth century; heritage, digitization and 'open archives'; feminist and queer theories and histories.


  • PhD Cultural History and Gender Studies (University of Leeds)
  • MA Gender Studies (University of Leeds)
  • MA Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge)

Professional memberships

  • PBFA