Richard Vytniorgu

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Research interests

LGBT+ belonging & marginalisation

  • Body, home, family, LGBT+ communities, & online (historical & contemporary)
  • LGBT+ people of faith
  • Belonging as wellbeing

GBMSM (gay, bisexual, men who have sex with men) sexual wellbeing & identity

  • Bottoms & bottoming
  • Effeminacies / gender nonconforming experience

Autobiographical writing, media, film, & representation

  • Textual, literary, & rhetorical analysis
  • Western-non-Western comparative analysis

Transdisciplinarity, public engagement & engaged research

  • Co-produced research
  • Co-produced policy
  • Humanities & sciences interfaces in gender & sexuality studies



I am a literary-cultural scholar working at the intersections of gender & sexuality and health and wellbeing, within the overall context of literature, media, communication, & cultural studies (including rhetorical studies).

My research interests lie in LGBT+ belonging and marginalisation, GBMSM (gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men) sexual wellbeing and identity, and the use of autobiographical writing, film, media, & other forms of representation to explore these themes. 

Methodologically, my research utilises textual, theoretical, rhetorical, lexicographical, and historical analysis, while adopting a comparative lens between cultures (Western & non-Western and hybrids). I am also interested in co-productive research with experts by experience, and use workshops, focus groups, and semi-structured interviews to generate new perspectives. 

My research on gender & sexuality draws upon a range of interpretive knowledge bases in the humanities, social and human sciences, to increase dialogue between disciplinary approaches to similar topics, while always highlighting the value and importance of the arts, media, and culture for understanding and experiencing human sexuality. 

Teaching specialisms

Gender & sexuality

Film & media (cultural studies)

Narrative & autobiographical perspectives

Arts & health / wellbeing

Writing & qualitative research methodology

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, PhD, De Montfort University

Award Date: 15 Dec 2017

Victorian Studies, MA

Award Date: 5 Mar 2013

History and Sociology, BA (Hons)

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter


Lecturer in Academic Writing, Coventry University


Impact Research Fellow, University of Nottingham


Associate Lecturer in English Literature, De Montfort University


Associate Lecturer in English Literature, University of Leicester



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