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Richard Vytniorgu

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Hello and welcome!

I work at the intersections of gender & sexuality and health and wellbeing, with particular expertise in auto/biographical and narrative approaches. I also have research and teaching interests in digital media, the sociology of higher education, and qualitative research methods, especially participatory research and creative practice.

My recent work explores lived experiences of loneliness, belonging, place and community across LGBT+ populations and builds on my doctoral research on the importance of personalist and auto/biographical ways of reading, knowing, and being afforded by engagement with the arts. 

I am currently writing a book for Emerald on effeminacy, gay bottom identities, and experiences of belonging and marginalisation in contemporary film, media, gay porn, and visual culture.

My research utilises a range of methodologies, but specialises in life narrative, autobiographical representation, oral histories / life story interviews, and digital and creative ways of representing lived experience.

My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, and has been published in academic publications such as Emotion, Space & Society, Journal of Homosexuality, and Masculinities.

Outside work I enjoy swimming, growing flowers, cooking, needlework, and going to charity shops / antique places to find nice things for my home. I live in rural Wales with my husband, who is an outdoors instructor.

I am also an Anglican and church warden, and worship regularly at my local parish church.

If you are interested in finding out more about my work and / or wish to collaborate somehow, please email me using the address at the bottom of the page. I would love to hear from you!