Dr Beverly Geesin

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

School of Languages & Linguistics

E: b.geesin@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876976

PhD in Sociology (York), MA in Interactive Media (Goldsmiths), BA in Sociology (Maryland), FHEA

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics (SoLL). I teach on the BA English Language and Linguistics, BA Linguistics and TESOL and the MA Language and Linguistics. I am a member of the Languages and Identities in InterAction Research Unit and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently, I am Course Leader for the MA Language and Linguistics and the Study Abroad Advisor for the School of Languages and Linguistics. I supervise BA and MA dissertations and have supervised PhD students to completion. In addition, I am the UCU Health and Safety representative. Previously, I was Head of Programme for the BA Communication and Culture. At York St John, I have also taught in Sociology, Media Studies, International Studies and Peace Studies.

Before working at York St John, I taught at the University of York as a Graduate Training Assistant in Sociology, taught Communications at Rider University in the US and worked as a Field Assistant at the Institute of Survey Research at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.

My doctoral research (at the University of York) was titled, ‘Resistance to Surveillance in Everyday Life’. This thesis developed alternative theoretical frameworks for understanding surveillance and resistance to monitoring using the work of Henri Lefebvre and the Situationists. To explore this framework, I looked at the case of organised resistance to surveillance amongst taxicab drivers, the consumption of surveillance and artistic practices of resistance to surveillance.My work is inherently interdisciplinary primarily drawing from the areas of social theory, organisation studies and critical discourse analysis. It can be broken down, broadly, into four main areas:

  • ‘New forms of collective action towards precarious labour’ – I am interested in labour that falls outside of the realm of conventional collective action and unions and which is particularly impacted by increasing precarity. Initially, I looked at the difficulties of collective action and efforts to oppose GPS amongst taxicab drivers in Philadelphia. More recently, with funding from the British Academy of Management, I have been looking at forms of collective action deployed to preserve the fishing industry on a small island off the coast of North Carolina. Finally, using job advertisements as data, I have been looking at the ways in which casinos in Las Vegas circumvent employment regulation in the hiring of seasonal cocktail waitresses.
  • ‘Consumption of surveillance’ – Within my PhD I explored how consuming surveillance works to ideologically legitimate surveillance practices. I have expanded upon this with research on the use of surveillance technologies in Las Vegas casinos and how tourists consume both vice and surveillance. Additionally, I am currently working on a critical discourse analysis of toys which use artificial intelligence and surveillance to explore how children are socialised to embrace surveillance through the consumption of such toys.
  • ‘Theories of resistance’ – This work draws upon the theoretical side of my PhD considering what ‘counts’ as resistance and how practices of subversion and evasion can be integrated into everyday life with a focus on resistance to everyday forms of monitoring and surveillance. Again taking a inter-disciplinary approach, this research draws upon ideas from sociology, cultural studies, new media studies and contemporary art.
  • ‘Political discourse and new media’ – Lastly, as politicians increasingly use social media as a way of communicating and connecting directly with the public, this work considers the implications of this. Research on this has included examining how brief but intense controversies involving UK politicians play out via Twitter and, unsurprisingly, Donald Trump.

Further Information



Module Director:


  •           Analysing Media Texts
  •           E-Communication
  •           Language and Identities


  •           Political Discourse Analysis and Rhetoric

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member of Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University
  • Member British Academy of Management
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications 


Journal articles:
Geesin, B. and Mollan, S. (2017) ‘This Sporting Life: The Antithetical Novel’s Revelation of the Sporting Lie’, Culture and Organisation, https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2017.1401625

Goddard, A. and Geesin, B. (2011) Language and Technology. Abingdon: Routledge.

Book chapters:
Beer, D. and Geesin, B. (2008) 'Rockin' with the avatars: 'live' music and the virtual spaces of Second Life', in, Heider, D. (ed.) Living Virtually: Researching New Worlds, New York: Peter Lang.

Book reviews:
Geesin, B. (2008). Review of Critical Cyberculture Studies, David Silver and Adrienne Massanari (eds). Information, Communication and Society, 11(3).


Conference Presentations:

‘An organisational history of post-industrial resistance: The Taxi Workers Alliance (TWA) of Pennsylvania, 2004-2012’, Latin-American and European Management and Organisation Studies Conference (LAEMOS), IAE Business School, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2018

‘Precarious labour in the fishing industry on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina’, International Labour Process Conference (ILPC), University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2018

‘Saving the last fish house on Ocracoke Island: Alternative organisational structures to address precarity in the small-scale fishing industry’, British Academy of Management Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry, September 2017

“Raising the surveillance subject: Children with toys that are intelligent and interactive”, Surveillance and Security in the Age of Algorithmic Communication (IAMCR pre-conference), University of Leicester, UK, July 2016

“Resistance to precarity: collective action to combat the decline of the fishing industry on Ocracoke Island, NC, USA”, Management History Research Group, Sheffield, UK, July 2016

“Work it! Casting a light on precarious labour in Las Vegas” with Dr Mariann Hardey, Critical Management Studies Conference, University of Leicester, UK, July 2015

“Rhythmanalysis as resistance to organisational monitoring”, Organization Studies Summer Workshop, Corfu, Greece, May 2014

“Between regulation and organisation: the Philadelphia Parking Authority versus the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania”, Extending the Limits of Neo-Liberal Capitalism, International Conference in Critical Management Studies, University of Manchester, UK, July 2013

“Between regulation and organisation: the creation of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania 2001 to the present”, Management History Research Group, University of Lancaster, UK, July 2013

“Rhythmanalysis as resistance to surveillance”, 2nd Ethics of Surveillance Conference, University of Leeds, UK, June 2013

“Post-panoptic visions: artistic depictions of the surveillance society and practices of resistance”, Images of Terror / Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses, University of Lisbon, Portugal, April 2013

“Every city has a soul: soul searching in Las Vegas”, Post-Crash City: Cosmopolitanism, Centre for Urban Research, University of York, UK, March 2013

“Linguistic strategies and implications of interactive adverts on social networking sites” with Helen Gilroy, Discourse 2.0: Language and New Media, Washington, DC, USA, March 2011

“Ludic Spaces for Living Post-Privacy”, Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics, University of Cluj-Napoça, Romania, June 2010

“Archival Education: Data trails and the Culture of Learning” with Helen Gilroy, Transforming Culture in the Digital Age, Tartu, Estonia, April 2010

“Rhythmanalysis of Baltimore: surveillance, resistance and technology in the Wire”, The Wire as Social Science Fiction? Conference, Leeds, UK, November 2009

“Evasive Participation”, Futuresonic: Urban Festival of Art, Music, and Ideas, Manchester, UK, May 2008

“Policing mobilities – surveillance and the taxicab industry,” CRESC Re-thinking Cultural Economy Conference, University of Manchester, UK, September 2007

“Keeping eyes on the road and the drivers: the debate over GPS in Philadelphia taxicabs”
British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London, UK, April 2007

Invited Talks

“Surveillance and the Marketing of Vice”, Gaming Research Colloquium, Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, January 2013

“iPhones to Spy Drones: Surveillance and Consumption”, Consumption and Socio-Cultural Change Conference, University of York, UK, July 2010

“Exploring the cultural impact and practical uses of online social networking in higher education”, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Ragusa, Italy, March 2009

“Teaching 2.0: Considerations for Integrating New Technologies in Teaching English’, New Technologies and English Language Teaching Conference, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Ragusa, Italy, March 2009

“Scripted reality from Andy Warhol to the Hills”, Linguists Anonymous Colloquium Series, York St. John University, York, UK, December 2008 

“Art and Tactics of Resistance”, Department of Art History, University of York, UK, July 2008

“Resistance and the Dérive”, Science and Technology Studies Unit, University of York, UK, July 2008 

“Mobilities”, Department of Sociology, University of York, UK, June 2008

“Post-hegemonic resistance”, New Cultural City Conference, York St. John University, York, UK, April 2008

“Unintended consequences of the use of new surveillance technologies in the workplace”

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, UK May 2007

Media Appearances


“Taxis and GPS Surveillance” Interviewed by Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed, 18 April, 2007

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