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Dr Lauren O'Hagan

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Professional biography

Dr Lauren Alex O'Hagan is a Research Fellow in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University and an Affiliated Researcher in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University.

Lauren is an experienced sociolinguist who specialises in the study of objects of visual and material culture from the theoretical perspective of visual social semiotics and the methodological framework of multimodal critical discourse analysis. While her research encompasses different historical periods, geographical settings and subjects, it is united by the following three objectives that have run throughout all her work to date:

- Tracing the cultural biographies of everyday objects and investigating their sociocultural forms and functions, as well as acts of semiotic remediation by their owners

- Challenging the ‘novelty’ of contemporary communicative practices by situating them within a more extensive lineage of practice and identifying (dis)continuities in their uses, purposes and meaning potentials

- Fostering new understandings of identity construction and stereotyping, particularly in terms of social class and Irishness, and the ideological values, power relations and political orientations that shape such meanings in discourse

These three objectives have the broader aim of reappraising the life of a particular person/group of people or event, addressing misconceptions or biases in their depiction to date and establishing the historical rationale behind this depiction and how language and other semiotic resources (e.g. image, colour, typography, layout, composition) work together to ‘legitimise’ it.

Some of the artefacts that Lauren’s research has explored are: book inscriptions, food advertisements, political postcards and posters, pigeon photography, drone photography, hardtack biscuits, dip pens, battle jackets, music memorabilia, public monuments and plaques, sheet music covers, greeting cards, school exercise books, birthday books and book bindings/covers.

In line with its emphasis on the social practices, processes and people involved in the production or reception of objects of visual/material culture, Lauren’s research often stretches the boundaries of traditional multimodal analysis through its co-application with archival research (multimodal ethnohistory), object-oriented interviews (multimodal ethnography) and autoethnography (multimodal autoethnography). This facilitates a transhistorical perspective that identifies antecedents in the communicative histories of individuals and communities that shape a text’s creation.

Research interests

Current Research Projects

Rewriting Rory (2021-present)

The Rewriting Rory project (co-led with Rayne Morales) fosters a reappraisal of the final decade in the career of Irish blues musician Rory Gallagher (1948-1995), using unexplored archival materials and fresh interviews with those who knew him to challenge the typical ‘rise and fall’ narrative that continues to be perpetuated in stories of his life. It seeks to outline the many musical highpoints and accomplishments that Gallagher continued to strive for, despite numerous personal and professional setbacks, and correct the assumption that his decline in health translated into a decline in musicianship.

Lauren’s other research on Gallagher has investigated the influence of crime fiction on Gallagher’s songwriting; sites of memorialisation and remembrance in the public space; depictions in the international music press throughout Gallagher’s career; and constructions of Irishness in Gallagher documentaries and the online fan community.

Lauren has previously explored similar themes of identity construction in the lyrics of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott and US singer/songwriter Tom Petty.

Food Marketing and Selling Healthy Lifestyles with Science (2021-present)

This project, co-led with Prof. Göran Eriksson of Örebro University, seeks to historicise our understanding of contemporary trends by studying the long relationship between science, food and drink marketing and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Specifically, it considers how scientific discourse and ideas about health and nutrition are channelled through nineteenth and early twentieth-century food advertisements, as well as the ‘spaces of confusion’ posed by certain product’s liminality between food and medicine. In doing so, it uncovers links between past and present ways that manufacturers have capitalised upon scientific innovations to create new products or rebrand existing products and employed science to make claims about health and nutrition. This study builds on their previous project on discourses of ‘healthy’ eating in food marketing (2018-2021).

Lauren and Göran have just completed an edited volume Food Marketing and Selling Healthy Lifestyles with Science: Transhistorical Perspectives, which will be released by Routledge in September 2024. The next stage of their project will explore the study of ‘scientifically proven’ health technologies and apps, as well as the use of science in cosmetic advertising.

Music Memorabilia as Cultural Biography (2024-present)

This project, set to launch in September 2024, will use a multimodal ethnographic approach to explore the ‘social lives’ of music memorabilia given directly to fans during encounters with their favourite musicians and how the meanings of such memorabilia might change and become wrapped in new significance once the musician dies. Using a case study of the Rory Gallagher online fan community, it specifically aims to understand:

- The functions and meanings of such memorabilia to fans
- The memorabilia’s entangled relationships with people, other objects and places (i.e., their embodied material networks)
- The memorabilia’s broader historical and sociocultural significance
- The evolution of the memorabilia’s value and meaning trajectory over time:       
(a) since originally receiving the artefact; and          
(b) since the musician in question has died.

The study builds upon the findings of a 2021 project concerned with the social lives of battle jackets – a sleeveless denim jacket customised with band patches that is a staple item of clothing for heavy metal fans.

Past Research Projects

Class, Culture and Conflict in the Edwardian Book Inscription (2015-2018)  

Lauren’s doctoral research put forward a unique ethnohistorical approach to multimodality to investigate how book inscriptions contribute to our understanding of class conflict in Edwardian Britain. It found that Edwardians of all classes realised the potential of the spaces in books to objectify their economic means and cultural necessities, and assert themselves in a social space, whether to uphold their rank or keep their distance from other groups. The study also considered class-based trends in writing implements, book bindings, publishers’ marketing materials and reading practices. Lauren published a monograph The Sociocultural Functions of Edwardian Book Inscriptions: Taking a Multimodal Ethnohistorical Approach with Routledge in 2022.

Reading, Writing and… Rebellion in the Edwardian Working-Class Book Inscription (2018-2020)

Building upon this work, Lauren’s postdoctoral research focused specifically on Edwardian working-class book inscriptions and how they offered an opportunity to demonstrate their recent intellectual emancipation by recording political messages and/or defacing books awarded as prizes, as well as to develop unique communicative practices (e.g. the in memoriam inscription). She concluded that working-class book inscriptions have a high cultural value, as they act as important primary resources for understanding self-presentation, social conflict and class tension in early twentieth-century Britain. When combined with archival evidence, they unravel personal narratives that offer new accounts of history that stand in contrast to official narratives of national institutions of power.

As part of this project, Lauren also explored other vernacular literacy practices, including school exercise books, birthday books and greetings cards, and produced the edited volume Rebellious Writing: Contesting Marginalisation in Edwardian Britain, published with Peter Lang in 2021.

The Semiotic Remediation of Hardtack Biscuits (2023-2024)

Further developing the study of inscriptive practices, Lauren examined how hardtack biscuits – a staple army ration – were remediatised in creative ways by World War One soldiers. Using a combination of multimodal analysis and archival research, it identified five key acts of semiotic remediation by soldiers—declarations of ownership, letters, diary entries, photo frames and objets d’arts—which showcase hardtacks as unique, unmediated resources for understanding World War One experiences. It also noted the frequent use of humour as a coping mechanism, as well as the important memorialisation function of hardtacks, acquiring symbolic values disproportionate to their everyday value for bereaved families.

Materialising the Irish Home Rule and Independence Movements (2020, 2024)

This project explored the campaigns for Irish Home Rule and independence in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through political postcards and sheet music covers. It was specifically concerned with portrayals of Nationalism and Unionism and the ideologies and messages promoted by their iconography, as well as how images and symbols were semiotically remediated in the US to project a transnational Irish-American identity. It found that many of the tropes we consider today as part of an inherent Northern Irish/Irish identity can be found in these artefacts, yet they were often used in haphazard ways that failed to reflect the lack of political consensus across the island and even forecasted some of the troubles to come.

Lauren also extended this work to another core political issue in Edwardian Britain – the campaign for women’s suffrage – by conducting a small-scale study on anti-suffrage postcards. She also applied a similar approach to the 1922 Swedish prohibition referendum.

Drones in Visual Culture (2020-2021)

This project aimed to understand whether and how the use of drone technology in society is changing the way people see the world and visual culture more broadly, as well as to extend and innovate current theoretical approaches to visual mobile communication. It was particularly concerned with the aesthetic characteristics of drone visuals, how drone visuals circulate and public perception of drone visuals. As part of the project, Lauren ‘transhistoricised’ the drone by emphasising its similarities to early twentieth-century pigeon photography, thereby arguing for a more nuanced perspective into the relationship between ‘new’ and ‘old’ media.

Teaching interests

Although Lauren’s current role does not involve teaching or supervision responsibilities, she has previous experience in these areas within university and college settings. She has taught Sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate level (Cardiff University), and English as a Foreign Language in the community with international students, migrants and refugees (Cardiff and Vale College). She has supervised MA students in Strategic Communication (Örebro University, Sweden) and research assistants on her Reading, Writing and Rebellion project (Cardiff University).

Lauren regularly produces content for the Open University's OpenLearn platform. A full list of her OpenLearn resources can be found here.

Together with Prof. Jane Seale, Lauren established the WELS Impact Community of Practice and is responsible for producing quarterly newsletters and arranging quarterly meetings. Lauren also currently helps convene the Open University's Language, Literature and Politics (LLP) Research Group, which brings together researchers investigating the relationship between language, literature (literary criticism and creative writing) and politics in the widest variety of contexts.

Impact and engagement

In line with Lauren's research interests and objectives, she seeks to disseminate her work in ways that disrupt traditional academic conventions and spaces, breaking down power dynamics and fostering more democratic sites of discussion and debate around the lives of the working classes, food marketing practices and the importance of music to mental wellbeing. To this end, Lauren has shared her work with stakeholders in the form of: digital exhibitions, Museum in a Box, podcasts, interactive workshops, blog posts, poetry, animations, posters and curriculum resources.

Awards

  • Winner of 2023 Cobh Readers and Writers International Poetry Competition"Immortality"
  • Outstanding Paper, 2022 Emerald Literati Awards: "Commercialising Public Health During the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Britain"
  • Outstanding Reviewer, 2022 Emerald Literati Awards: Journal of Historical Research in Marketing
  • 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Award, University of Sheffield

Collaborations and Connections (selected)

  • The Rory Gallagher Estate: Helped source and research archival items from Gallagher's 1990 UK tour for the All Around Man: Live in London (2023) release (credit in album's liner notes)
  • Heavy Metal Therapy: Produced blog posts about her own personal mental health experiences and music, and helped develop resources about the link between battle jackets and mental health
  • Actively Learn: Provided an easy-access version of her research on St Patrick’s Day and nationalism in Edwardian Ireland that can be used by secondary school and college pupils
  • Futurum: Translated her research on drones in visual culture into free educational resources that can be used by 14-19-year-olds interested in working in STEM and SHAPE

Exhibitions and Events (selected)

  • Museum in a Box: Creation of 10 digital collections based on her book inscription research to facilitate long-distance learning on social history and visual studies
  • Views from the Blue Digital Exhibition: Development and curation of a digital exhibition, which uses drone photography as a means of encouraging viewers to reflect on how drones have created new ways of visualising our world
  • Prize Books and Politics Digital Exhibition: Development and curation of a digital exhibition, which used images of book inscriptions to tell the stories of working-class individuals.
  • Family History Show: Ran a stall offering expert advice to the general public about how to use book inscriptions to research their family history. 

Interviews/Keynotes/Podcasts (selected)

  • Invited Keynote Speaker: most recently at DN29:Visiolinguistics (2023), Lancaster University Literacy Research Centre (2021) and University of Leicester History and Politics Postgraduate Conference (2020)
  • Darton Watch Podcast: Developed and hosted a 20-minute episode on her book inscription research
  • BBC Berkshire Radio Interview: Discussed her research on the pineapple as a status symbol

Funding (selected)

  • Open University Research Development Funding (2023): Research trip to Sweden in support of forthcoming edited volume on food marketing
  • Open University Research Development Funding (2023): Scoping activities for a project on the material culture of menstruation
  • Cardiff University Innovation Fund (2020): Purchase of Museum in a Box and support activities
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2020): "‘Reading, Writing… and Rebellion: Understanding Literacies and Class Conflict Through the Edwardian Book Inscription

External collaborations

Lauren is an Associate Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and Royal Historical Society. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture and has served as peer reviewer for: Visual Communication, Gender and Language, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Rock Music Studies, Popular Music and Society and Social Sciences, amongst other journals. She has also offered consultancy to the BBC, Heavy Metal Therapy, Sur in English, Echo Magazine, Sprudge and bookplate clubs in the UK and Australia.

She is currently a member of the following research groups and associations:

  • Edwardian Culture Network (since 2015)
  • British Association for Victorian Studies (since 2018)
  • FoodKom (since 2019)
  • Cosmetic Makeup and History Study Network (since 2022)
  • Digital Correspondence Community Interest Group (2023)
  • Discourse Net (2023)
  • Health Communication Special Interest Group (2023)

In 2021, she served as co-director of the Digital Society Network at the University of Sheffield.

As a member of FoodKom, Lauren frequently collaborates with researchers in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University. To date, she has written three papers with Prof. Göran Eriksson on the marketing of radium-based products (Science Communication), cod liver oil (Food and Foodways) and the cough drop Läkerol (Social History of Medicine) in early twentieth-century Sweden. They are currently working on an edited volume to be published with Routledge in summer 2024. Through her work with FoodKom, Lauren has also collaborated with Dr Lame Maatla Kenalemang-Palm on a project exploring NIVEA sunscreen advertisements and Prof. Leif Runefelt on a project exploring quack medicines, including cannabis-infused food products and Phospho-Energon.

Away from FoodKom, Lauren has also collaborated with Dr Elisa Serafinelli (University of Sheffield) on papers related to their Drones in Visual Culture project and Dr Tereza Spilioti (Cardiff University) on a paper relating to her Reading, Writing and... Rebellion project.

Lauren is also a frequent writer for Heavy Metal Therapy - a CIC set up to bring together people who find rock/metal helpful for mental wellbeing.

Through her work with Rewriting Rory, Lauren has also contributed to the Cowper and Newton Museum's #AG250 project and the Cobh Readers and Writers Festival.

As an Affiliated Researcher of Örebro University, Lauren has ongoing research links with academics in the University's Department of Media and Communication Studies and is engaged in various collaborative research projects in the area of food communication (see above for more details).

Publications

“The golden path to health”: marketing Postum as a cure for coffee abuse in early twentieth-century Sweden (2024)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Food, Culture and Society, 27(3) (pp. 866-888)


Walkin’ Blues: Exploring the Semiotic Musicscape of Rory Gallagher’s Cork City (2024)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Ethnomusicology Forum ((early access))


Going Bananas! The Scientific Marketing of a ‘New’ Fruit in Early 20th-Century Sweden (2024)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Food, Culture and Society ((In press))


[Book Review] The Edwardian Picture Postcard as a Communications Revolution: A Literacy Studies Perspective (2024)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Victorian Review ((In press))


The semiotic remediation of hardtack biscuits during World War One (2024)
O’Hagan, Lauren Alex
Visual Studies ((early access))


‘Foodstagramming’ in early 20th-century postcards: a transhistorical perspective (2023-11)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Visual Communication, 22(4) (pp. 731-744)


Music for Mental Health: An Autoethnography of the Rory Gallagher Instagram Fan Community (2023-10)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 52(5) (pp. 633-663)


An Eye for an I: The Rebus as an Historical Form of Emoji (2023-09)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
DiscourseNet: Collaborative Working Paper Series(9)


In Memoriam. Documenting Illness, Death and Grief in the Book Inscription (1870-1914) (2023-01-13)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Textual Cultures, 15(2) (pp. 129-58)


“Classifying” Margarine: The Early Class-Based Marketing of a Butter Substitute in Sweden (1923-1933) (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Global Food History, 9(1) (pp. 20-46)


“Alcohol is humanity’s enemy!” Propaganda Posters and the 1922 Swedish Prohibition Referendum (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Scandinavian Journal of History, 48(2) (pp. 179-205)


In search of the social in social semiotics: a historical perspective (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Social Semiotics ((Early access))


Selling Swedish Summer: The Marketing of Pommac, 1920-1960 (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
History of Retailing and Consumption, 8(2) (pp. 171-199)


From Fatigue Fighter to Heartburn Healer: The Evolving Marketing of a Functional Beverage in Sweden (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal of Food Products Marketing, 29(1) (pp. 19-40)


Rethinking Verticality Through Top-Down Views in Drone Hobbyist Photography (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Serafinelli, Elisa
Visual Studies ([Early Access])


Welcome to Pure Food City”: Tracing Discourses of Health in the Promotional Publications of the Postum Cereal Company, 1920-1925 (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing ((in press))


Educación en inglés y la perpetuación de la desigualdad de las niñas: inversión parental y aspiraciones de género en Nepal [English education and the perpetuation of girls' inequality: parental investment and gender aspirations in Nepal] (2023)
Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Upadhaya, Anu; O'Hagan, Lauren Alex; Wingrove, Peter; Adamu, Amina; Greenfield, Anne-Mari; Lombardozzi, Lorena; Sah, Pramod; Tsiga, Ismaila; Umar, Aishat and Wolfenden, Freda
Cuadernos de pedagogía, 2023(543)


Blurring the Boundaries Between Medicine and Food: The Canny Marketing of Läkerol in Early Twentieth-Century Sweden (2023)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Eriksson, Göran
Social History of Medicine ((In press))


Transhistoricizing the Drone: A Comparative Visual Social Semiotic Analysis of Pigeon and Domestic Drone Photography (2022-12)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Serafinelli, Elisa
Photography and Culture, 15(4) (pp. 327-351)


Introducing Ethnohistorical Research to Multimodal Studies (2022-12)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Multimodality and Society, 2(4) (pp. 355-378)


Modernity, Beauty and the Swedish ‘Way of Life’: Lifestyle Marketing in Stomatol Toothpaste Advertisements, 1900-1950 (2022-10-27)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 14(4) (pp. 424-452)


Modern Science, Moral Mothers and Mythical Nature: A Multimodal Analysis of Cod Liver Oil Marketing in Sweden, 1920-1930 (2022-10)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Eriksson, Göran
Food and Foodways, 30(4) (pp. 231-260)


All that glistens is not (green) gold: historicising the contemporary chlorophyll fad through a multimodal analysis of Swedish marketing, 1950–1953 (2022-07-29)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 14(3) (pp. 374-398)


Fashioning the “People’s Guitarist”: The Mythologization of Rory Gallagher in the International Music Press (2022-03-10)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Rock Music Studies, 9(2) (pp. 174-198)


[Book Review] Music, the moving image and Ireland, 1897–2017 by John O’Flynn (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Irish Studies Review, 30(3) (pp. 369-372)


Drone Views: A Multimodal Ethnographic Perspective (2022)
Serafinelli, Elisa and O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Visual Communication ((Early access))


“It’s always nice to head for home”: Music-Making, Sense of Place, and Corkonian Identity in the Rory Gallagher Irish Tour ’74 Documentary (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal for the Society of Musicology in Ireland, 17 (pp. 47-77)


Flesh-Formers or Fads? Historicising the Contemporary Protein-Enhanced Food Trend (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Food, Culture and Society, 25(5) (pp. 875-898)


“My Musical Armor”: Exploring Metalhead Identity Through the Battle Jacket (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Rock Music Studies, 9(1) (pp. 34-53)


Scam Science: The Case of Biomin, “Your Daily Energy Source" (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 9


‘Rory Gallagher’s Leprechaun Boogie’: Irish Stereotyping in the International Music Press (2022)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
RISE, 5(2)


Drones in Visual Culture: A Conversation with Anna Jackman, Lauren Alex O’Hagan and Elisa Serafinelli (2021-11-22)
O'Hagan, Lauren; Serafinelli, Elisa and Jackman, Anna
Association for the Arts of the Present Journal


Commercialising Public Health During the 1918-19 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Britain (2021-11-18)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 13(3/4) (pp. 161-187)


The Edwardian Selfies: A Transhistorical Approach to Celebrity Culture and Pictorial Bookplates (2021-10)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Spilioti, Tereza
Discourse, Context and Media, 43, Article 100522


Selling “healthy” radium products with science: A multimodal analysis of marketing in Sweden, 1910-1940 (2021-09-08)
Eriksson, Göran and O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Science Communication, 43(6) (pp. 740-767)


A Voice for the Voiceless: Improving Provenance Practice for Working-Class Books (2021-03-01)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 53(1) (pp. 16-28)


[Book Review] The Picture Postcard: A New Window into Edwardian Ireland, by Ann Wilson (2021)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Review of Irish Studies in Europe, 4(2) (pp. 139-141)


Instagram as an Exhibition Space: Reflections on Digital Remediation in the Time of COVID-19 (2021)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Museum Management and Curatorship, 36(6) (pp. 610-631)


Blinded by Science? Constructing Truth and Authority in Early 20th-Century Virol Advertisements (2021)
Ohagan, Lauren
History of Retailing and Consumption, 7(2) (pp. 162-102)


[Book review] Made in Ireland: studies in popular music edited by Áine Mangaoang, John O’Flynn and Lonán Ó Briain (2021)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Irish Studies Review, 29(4) (pp. 542-544)


“Rory played the greens, not the blues”: Expressions of Irishness on the Rory Gallagher YouTube Channel (2021)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Irish Studies Review, 29(3) (pp. 348-369)


The Irish Rover: Phil Lynott and the Search for Identity (2021)
Ohagan, Lauren
Popular Music and Society, 44(1) (pp. 26-48)


Pure in Body, Pure in Mind? A Sociohistorical Perspective on the Marketisation of Pure Foods in Great Britain (2020-04)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Discourse, Context and Media, 34, Article 100325


Contesting Women’s Right to Vote: Anti-Suffrage Postcards in Edwardian Britain (2020)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Visual Culture in Britain, 21(3) (pp. 330-362)


Social Posturing in the Edwardian Bookplate, 1901-1914 (2020)
Ohagan, Lauren
Book Collector


Steal Not This Book My Honest Friend: Threats, Warnings and Curses in the Edwardian Book. (2020)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Textual Cultures, 13(2) (pp. 244-274)


Packaging Inner Piece: A Sociohistorical Exploration of Nerve Food in Great Britain (2020)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Food and History, 17(2) (pp. 183-222)


The Anatomy of a Battle Jacket: A Multimodal Ethnographic Perspective (2020)
Ohagan, Lauren
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 50(2) (pp. 147-175)


“Home Rule is Rome Rule”: Exploring Anti-Home Rule Postcards in Edwardian Ireland (2020)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Visual Studies, 35(4) (pp. 330-346)


Autodidactic Book Series in Edwardian Britain, 1901-1914 (2020)
O'Hagan, Lauren
The Book Collector


The Advertising and Marketing of the Edwardian Prize Book: Gender for Sale (2019)
O'Hagan, Lauren
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, 62(1)


Towards A Multimodal Ethnohistorical Approach: A Case Study of Bookplates (2019)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Social Semiotics, 29(5)


The Dip Pen as a Source of Social Distinction in Victorian Britain (2018)
Ohagan, Lauren
History of Retailing and Consumption, 4(3) (pp. 187-216)


The Evolution of Prize Bindings 1870-1940: Their Design and Typography (2018)
Ohagan, Lauren
The Book Collector ((Early access))


Clean nails are the mark of a well brought-up girl”: Exploring Gender in a Post-Edwardian Girls’ School Exercise Book (2018)
O'Hagan, Lauren
Women's Studies, 47(8) (pp. 765-790)


Principles, Privilege and Powerlessness in the Edwardian Prize Book: Bridging the Gap between Two Opposing Worlds (2017-05-13)
O'Hagan, Lauren
English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 60(4) (pp. 506-529)


The Sociocultural Functions of Edwardian Book Inscriptions: Taking a Multimodal Ethnohistorical Approach (2021-03-23)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex
Routledge Research in Literacy
ISBN : 9780367745653 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York, USA


Breaking the “Class” Ceiling: The Challenges and Opportunities of Creating a Digital Archive of Edwardian Working-Class Book Inscriptions (2022-11-05)
O'Hagan, Lauren
In: Schwan, Ann and Thomson, Tara eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (p 275)
Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Cham


Lauren Alex O'Hagan (2022-09-12)
O'Hagan, Lauren
In: Women in Academia Support Network, ed. researcHER: The Power and Potential of Research Careers for Women (pp. 109-112)
ISBN : 978-1-80382-734-6 | Publisher : Emerald | Published : United Kingdom


Researching Instagram: Computer-Mediated Research Methods in Practice (2022-03-01)
Serafinelli, Elisa and O'Hagan, Lauren
In: Kozinets, Robert ed. SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online
Publisher : SAGE


Class, Culture and Conflict in the Edwardian Book Inscription: A Multimodal Ethnohistorical Approach (2019-12)
O'Hagan, Lauren
In: Wildfeuer, Janina; Pflaeging, Jana; Bateman, John; Seizov, Ognyan and Tseng, Chiao-I eds. Multimodality: Disciplinary Thoughts and the Challenge of Diversity
Publisher : De Gruyter


Running Down an American Dream: Tom Petty and the Tour T-Shirt (2019-05)
Ohagan, Lauren
In: Sands, Crystal ed. Tom Petty: Essays on the Life and Work
Publisher : McFarland


Rebellious Writing: Contesting Marginalisation in Edwardian Britain (2020-09-28)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex ed.
Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century,
ISBN : 9781789972917 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : New York, NY


Determining the Funding Requirements of the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sectors of the City of Milton Keynes (2023-09)
Turner, Wendy; Mutwarasibo, Fidèle; O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Greenfield, Mari
The Open University, UK.


The View from Above: A Drone’s Perspective on the World (2021-12)
O'Hagan, Lauren Alex and Serafinelli, Elisa
Futurum