Coghlan, Jo

University of New England

Dr Jo Coghlan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW. She teaches in the areas of research and methodology in popular and material culture. Her research interests are in the fashioned political body with recent publications in Persona and Places: Negotiating Myths, Stereotypes and National Identities (WalterHill Publishing), The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, and Media/Culture Journal.  


  • Articles
    What we wear signals our membership within groups, be theyorganised by gender, class, ethnicity or religion. Simultaneously our clothing signifies hierarchies and power relations that sustain dominant power structures. How we dress is an expression of our identity. For Veblen, how we dress expresses wealth and social stratification. In imitating the fashion of the wealthy, claims...Read more
  • Editorial
    Welcome to the ‘bubbles’ issue of M/C Journal. When we first pitched the idea of ‘bubbles’ for an issue of M/C Journal it was 2019, several months before COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, and the resulting pandemic that brought the term ‘bubble’ to prominence in ways we had not even imagined. Our pre-pandemic line of enquiry focussed on how bubbles manifested...Read more
  • Feature
    According to the ABC television program Four Corners, “Parliament House in Canberra is a hotbed of political intrigue and high tension … . It’s known as the ‘Canberra Bubble’ and it operates in an atmosphere that seems far removed from how modern Australian workplaces are expected to function.” The term “Canberra Bubble” morphed to its current definition from 2001, although...Read more
  • Articles
    Introduction Many people’s knowledge of history is gleaned through popular culture. As a result there is likely a blurring of history with myth. This is one of the criticisms of historical romance novels, which blur historical details with fictional representations. As a result of this the genre is often dismissed from serious academic scholarship. The other reason...Read more