Dr Jenny Harding

  • BA (Hons) European and Social Studies (University of East Anglia)
  • MSc Sociology Applied to Medicine (Bedford College, University of London)
  • PhD Cultural Studies (University of Technology Sydney)

My research interests include: cultural analysis of emotions, body, gender, sexuality, subjectivity and life history research. I have been involved in a number of community based collaborative life history research projects.

I am course leader for the Media and Communications MA and the Life History Research MA. I teach Collecting Life Histories, Media Audiences, Cultural Industries, and Media Citizens and Communities.

I am a member of the editorial board of the journal Oral History and co-ordinator of the Oral History Society’s HE group. I co-organised and co-delivered the 2013 Spring School in Oral History (held at the Institute for Historical Research in association with the Oral History Society).

I helped organise and co-host the Oral History Society’s Annual Conferences "Talking Community Histories" (2001) and "Making Community Oral Histories" (2007) at London Metropolitan University.

Email: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk


  • Harding, J. 2010. ‘Talk about Care: Emotion, Culture and Oral History’, Oral History, vol 38, no 2, 33-42.
  • Harding, J. and Pribram, D. (eds). 2009. Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. London: Routledge.
  • Harding, J. 2009. ‘Emotional subjects: language and power in refugee narratives’ in Harding and Pribram (eds). 267-279.
  • Gabriel, J., Harding, J., Hodgkinson, P., Kelly, L., and Khan, A. 2009c. ‘Public Sociology: working at the instices’. American Sociologist. DOI 10.1007/s12108-009-9080-3. http://www.springerlink.com/content/74m2g0492083p815/
  • Gabriel, J and Harding, J. 2009. ‘On Being a “Good” Refugee’ in G. Bhattacharyya (ed), Ethnicities and Values in a Changing World. Farnham: Ashgate. 135-154.
  • Day, A., Harding, J., and Mullen, J. 2008. ‘Refugee Stories: The Refugee Communities History Project, Partnership and collaboration’ in Skartveit, H-L og Goodnow, K. (Eds.) Museums and Refugees: New Media, Play and Participation. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Andrews, S., Bhagat, D., Harding, J. and Williamson, M. 2008. ‘London Metropolitan University East End Archive: The Paul Trevor Collection’, VADS.
  • Harding, J. 2007a. ‘The Eastender Archive Project’, Activate 3, 2-3.
  • Harding, J. Clarke, A and Chappell, A. 2007b. ‘Family Matters: Intergenerational Conflict in the Somali Community’. Report. London: London Metropolitan University.
  • Harding, J. 2006. ‘Questioning the subject in biographical interviewing’. Sociological Research Online. Vol. 11, No 3.
  • Harding, J. and Pribram, D.  2004. ‘Losing Our Cool?  Following Williams and Grossberg On Emotions’. Cultural Studies. Vol 18, No 6, 863-883
  • Harding, J. and Gabriel, J. 2004. ‘Communities in the Making: Pedagogic
  • Explorations using Oral History’ International Studies in the Sociology of Education, Vol 14, No 3, 185-201
  • Harding, J. 2004.  ‘Practices of Freedom? Working on the Self in the Context of Homelessness’. Subject Matters, Vol 1, No. 1. 67- 83.
  • Harding, J. and Pribram, D.  2002. ‘The Power of Feeling. Locating Emotions in Culture’. European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 5 (4).407-426.
  • Harding, J. 2002. ‘Talking about Homelessness: a teaching and research initiative in East London’, Teaching in Higher Education, Vol 7, No. 1, 81-95.
  • Gabriel, J. and Harding, J. 2000. ‘Biographical Interviews: Ways of Working with Communities’. The Oral History Journal. Spring, Vol 28, No 1: 28-30.
  • Harding, J. 1998. Sex Acts: Practices of Femininity and Masculinity. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage Publications Inc.
  • Harding, J. 1997. ‘Bodies at Risk’ in A. Peterson and R. Bunton (eds) Foucault, Health and Medicine, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Harding, J. 1996. ‘Sex and Control - The Hormonal Body’. Body and Society, Vol. 2 (1).
  • Harding, J. 1994. ‘Making a Drama out of Difference: Portrait of a Marriage’ in B. Budge and D. Hamer (eds) The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous. London: Pandora.

Community based life history research projects:

  • Muslim Women and Sports Participation (working with IARS to document Muslim women’s experiences of sports participation since 1948, funded by HLF), 2011-12
  • Working Lives of the Thames Gateway (working with Eastside Community Heritage on project documenting the experience of working in the disappearing industries of east and south east London, funded by HLF), 2008-10
  • Family Matters: Somali Theatre Project (working with colleagues from London Metropolitan University and Oxford House Youth Project to research and represent, via a theatre piece, intergenerational issues affecting the Somali community in Tower Hamlets, funded by Arts Aimhigher and LB Tower Hamlets), 2007
  • Eastender Archive Project (working with photographer Paul Trevor to develop adigital archive of his photographs documenting the East End over 30 years, funded by RCF), 2006
  • Refugee Community Histories Project (working with the Evelyn Oldfield Unit and Museum of London to document the contribution of refugee communities to the culture and economy of London since 1951, funded by HLF), 2005/06
  • Care Stories (documenting the experiences of young people leaving care, in collaboration with the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust, and Haringey Social Services, funded by HEACF), 2004/05
  • Talking about homelessness (documenting the experiences of local homeless people, in collaboration with St Botolphs, funded by the Kings Fund), 2000/01