University of Hertfordshire

Ms Kim Akass

Kim Akass

Ms Kim Akass

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Kim Akass is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies in the School of Creative Arts where she  co-ordinates and leads the Media Research Group researching visual texts including film, TV, gaming, comics and digital media.  She is a co-founding and co-managing editor of Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, the only peer-reviewed journal to publish solely on Television Studies.  She is also managing editor of, the website for Critical Studies in Television, which is a forum for the global TV Studies community. 

She is series editor, with Janet McCabe, for the ‘Reading Contemporary Television’ series for I.B. Tauris which, for the past decade, has been publishing books on contemporary television series.  

Kim has published widely on issues and debates relating to contemporary television.  Her publications range from internationally acclaimed series such as Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The L Word, The Sopranos (This Thing of Ours: Investigating The SopranosReading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO, The Essential Sopranos ReaderAfter Intimacy: The Culture of Divorce in the West Since 1789 and Television Antinheroines: Women Behaving Badly in Crime and Prison Drama (forthcoming) Deadwood, Mad Men, Ugly Betty to her latest work on the adaptation of Denmark's Forbrydelsen to The Killing.  McCabe and Akass' collection, Qualty TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond, I.B. Tauris (2007), is a key University text in the study of quality American television.  

Kim regularly reviews for various journals and publishers such as Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, The Media Communication Journal, University of Michigan Press, The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Imaginations: Journal of Cross Cultural Image Studies and Feminist Media Studies

Her latest work on motherhood and representation has appeared in Imaginations: Journal of Cross Cultural Image Studies and MAMSIE: Studies in the Maternal and she is currently working on a monograph, From Here to Maternity: Representations of Motherhood in the Media for I.B. Tauris.

She regularly presents at conferences and has been a keynote speaker at The Universities of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and La Rochelle in 2017, The Norwegian Federation of Film Societies (2014) as well as, with McCabe, Sex and the City: Ten Years On, Roehampton University (2014), The Sopranos: A Wake, Fordham University (2008), Making and Remaking TV Classics, University of Warwick (2009), Remediate: Revolution der Audiovisionen: Eigenschaften und Produktionsweisen von ‘Quality-TV Serien’, der Merz Akademie, Stuttgart (2010) and "Qu'est-ce qu'une Télévision de Qualité?" at The Sorbonne in Paris (2012).  

She has organised numerous conferences in the past including (with McCabe) the first international conference on Quality Television at Trinity College, Dublin (2004), TV Fiction Exchange: Local/Regional/National/Global (2006), Walking in Eternity: Doctor Who (50 year anniversary conference) at the University of Hertfordshire as well as various symposia including the recent Elstree Study Day at the University of Hertfordshire.  In September 2017, along with the School of Humanities, Akass organised the first international conference on global HBO series, A Game of Thrones.

She is a regular contributor to the BBC local radio show ‘Drive time with Roberto Perrone’ (Beds, Herts and Bucks) and has given interviews to both national and international radio and TV as well as newspapers. 

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