Rosemary Lobban

PhD candidate

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Psychology

Location: Cambridge

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rosemary.lobban@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

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Thesis title

Heterosexist microaggressions as masculine practices: Reconsidering ‘crisis’

Supervisory team

Dr Russell Luyt

Dr Daragh McDermott

Research Group

Rosemary is a member of our Gender and Sexualities Research Area, part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Summary of Research

Heterosexist microaggressions have to date been conceptualised as subtle manifestations of heterosexism that have emerged in Western societies in response to decreasing tolerance for explicit heterosexism.  Consequently, they are generally understood to result from enduring traits or attitudes intrinsic to individuals.  My thesis involves drawing upon insights from the literature on masculinities in order to reinterpret heterosexist microaggressions from a social constructionist perspective as discursive practices which manifest in interactions between people and serve to (re)instantiate gender identities and (re)produce dominant gender relations.  This reinterpretation has implications for how heterosexist microaggressions are investigated empirically and addressed in applied settings.  Accordingly, potential methodological strategies which utilise techniques from critical social and discursive psychology will be devised and trialled.

Selected recent publications

Lobban, R. (2010). 'Are Lakoff’s and Spender’s approaches to understanding language and gender still relevant today?' Psych-Talk, 67, 46-47. 

Luyt, R., Welch, C., & Lobban, R. (2015). 'Diversity in gender and visual representation: An introduction'.Journal of Gender Studies, 24, 383-385.

Zawisza, M., & Lobban, R. (2015). 'Implicit and explicit gender attitudes as predictors of the effectiveness of non-traditionally gendered advertisements.' International Journal of Consumer Research, 3, 34-55.

Recent presentations and conferences

Lobban, R., & Luyt, R. (2012). Re-evaluating femininities: Geography, imaginary positions and embodiment. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St Andrews University, UK.

Zawisza, M., Lobban, R., & Gardiner, N. (2012). Social desirability and the predictive power of implicit and explicit gender attitudes in determining the effectiveness of gendered adverts. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St Andrews University, UK.