Ms Jilly Kay

Job: PhD Candidate

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Research group(s): Media Discourse Group, Cinema and Television History Research Centre

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Jilly Boyce Kay is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on the relationships between feminism and British television in different historical and institutional contexts. She has taught Journalism at the University of the West of England and at De Montfort University.  She has written for the F-Word, as well as local newspapers in Wales and the West Midlands. 

Research group affiliations

  • Media Discourse Group
  • Cinema and Television History Research Centre (CATH)
  • Midlands Television Research Group

Key research outputs

Kay. J. B. (forthcoming) ‘”Women simply aren’t up to it!”: historicising the gender politics of Question Time

Kay, J.B. (forthcoming) Book review of Domesticating the Airwaves (Andrews, 2012) in Feminist Media Studies

Kay, J.B. and Mendes, K. (forthcoming) ‘Home Comforts? Media and the Family’ in The Routledge Companion to British Media History. London and New York: Routledge

Salter, L. and Kay, J. B. (2011) ‘The UWE Student Occupation’. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, Vol 10(4), pp. 423-429 

Research interests/expertise

Representations of feminism; the gendered address of political television; feminist media history.

Areas of teaching

  • Journalism Studies


  • BA English Literature, Cardiff University (2004)
  • MA Journalism (with distinction), University of the West of England (2008)

Courses taught

Journalism BA (Hons)

  • JOUR 2001 – Issues in Journalism

Honours and awards

DMU studentship


Conference attendance

Kay, J.B. (2012) ‘Historicising feminism, historicising archives: a case study of the BBC’s online “Second Wave Feminism” archive collection’, Thinking Through Time and History in Feminism, Birkbeck Institute of Social Research Colloquium, University of London, 23 March. 

Kay, J.B. (2012) ‘History, theory and gender: Methodological problems in researching the representation of feminism on factual television’ Re-thinking Cinema and Televsiion History, De Montfort University, April 3

Kay, J.B. (2012) ‘Political television as history lesson: the discourse of democracy on Question Time’  MECCSA annual postgraduate conference, Loughborough University, 17-18 September

Internally funded research project information

De Montfort University PhD studentship, ‘A History of Feminism on Television’, 2011-14.


Jilly Kay