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Research Profile

  • Anthony is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory teaching, leading and designing modules from levels 3-7 on our BA (Hons) Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production, BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies and BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Stage and Screen undergraduate degree programmes. Anthony is also the programme leader for BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Stage and Screen and teaches on the Arts Cognate of the Integrated Foundation Year.

  • Current and previously taught modules include:

    • MED1084: Media and Creative Industries
    • MED1085: Writing the Media
    • MED2078: Researching the Media
    • HMP1002: History of a Thousand Faces: Make-up and Identity on Stage and Screen
    • HMP1004: Hair and Who We Are: Contextualising Hair and Identity on Stage and Screen
    • JOU2017: Media Theory and Research Skills
    • FSH2101: Contextual Studies 2
    • FSH2108: Fashion Professional Practice
    • SOC1072: Media, Crime and Society
    • SOCM083: Communication Studies for Social Impact
    • FDN020: Investigating Your Subject
    • FDN021: Negotiated Learning Project
  • Anthony is undertaking his PhD at the University of Northampton entitled ‘It’s Time to Give This Wretched World the Queen It Deserves:’ ‘Representations of the Wicked Queen in Contemporary Narratives’. 

    His general research interests are queer theory and gender representations – particularly notions of gender, power and leadership and pathological gendered behaviour in screen media. Additionally, Anthony works on contemporary Young Adult literature, media and culture and postmodernism.

    Anthony was a researcher and project co-Ordinator for the Heritage Lottery Funded project and subsequent documentary ‘The Changing Face of Northampton’s Racecourse’ in 2018.

    Anthony has worked on the following funded research projects:

    • SuCEED@8 ‘Supporting the notion of PGR Community to Collaborate and Emotionally – -Engage with Digital Shifts at Level 8 (2017)
    • Exploring the use of the Socratic Dialogue in Teaching and Learning (2017)
    • The Changing Face of Northampton’s Racecourse (Heritage Lottery Funded) (2018)
    • Exploring the Ethical Implications of Staff:Student Research Partnerships. (2018)
    • TECH4ALL Enhancing Digital Literacy in H.E (2019)

    In December 2017 Anthony co-organised the international conference ‘Investigating Identities in Young Adult Literature’ at the University of Northampton.

    In February 2020 Anthony co-organised the international conference ‘Straight to the Front Row: Investigating Contemporary Western Gay Male Cinema’ at the University of Northampton.

     

  • 2017:

    ‘Cast Aside’ – An Extra in the Pictures: Mansfield’s Modernist Representation of the Marginal:
    http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/assets/Resources/Katherine-Mansfield-Society-Essay-Series-Cast-Aside-An-Extra-in-the-Pictures-by-Anthony-Stepniak.pdf

    2018:

    Actualizing Abjection: Drusilla, the Whedonverses’ Queen of Queerness:
    https://www.whedonstudies.tv/uploads/2/6/2/8/26288593/2.stepniak_-_slayage_15.2.pdf

    Co-creation, contexts, and complexity: a case study concerning blended learning by Dave Burnapp, Rob Farmer, Sam Reese, Anthony Stepniak:
    https://journals.studentengagement.org.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/649/pdf