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Zack Ditch

Cultural and Museum Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Thesis title:

Locating Regional Cultures of Drag in Medium-Sized English Cities: An Ethnographic Case Study of Nottingham's Drag Scene

My project explores the socioeconomic dimensons of regional drag performance scenes in the Midlands, sitting between theatrical, sociological and gender-based research.

Research Area

  • Cultural and Museum Studies


  • 'Entrepreneurial ‘Insta-Drag’: An Analysis of Nottingham Based Drag Performers’ Social Media Profiles' Article currently in progress for publiation in the MAKINGS Journal volume based around 'Alternativity'.  (To be published)


  • 'Understanding the Differences Between Performance Identity and Gender Identity: Looking Inside A Drag Performer's Toolkit' Conference Paper for the 4th International Conference on Gender Studies (Held by the 'Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities' in Leeds 2020). 

Public Talks

- Public Presentation around an article being published within the MAKINGS Journal in the near future, titled: 'Entrepreneurial "Insta-Drag": An Analysis of Nottingham Based Drag Performers' Social Media Profiles'. Facilitated by the editing board of MAKINGS and based in Birminhgam. 26/05/2021.  

- Presentation in a Research Relay at the M4C Research Festival also based around the same article for MAKINGS. This presentation is titled: 'Instagram and the Entreprenurial Self-Branding of Nottingham Drag Performers'. (Online). 08/06/2021. 

- Public Presentation introducing the Doctoral Researcher's PhD project to former colleagues and lecturers from the Researchers previous University (BA Hons and MA) at the University of Lincoln. Held as part of the University's Festival of Creativity. Based in Lincoln. 09/06/2021.