Lydia Triner

My research explores the representation of gender in children’s music (in TV, film and advertising) through semiotic codes. I’m interested in how stereotypes are used to teach children how females and males should behave, and how this can impact on gender identity.

As part of my PhD, I will produce an empirical study with pre-school children in order to find out the extent to which gender stereotypes are heard, internalised and, therefore, perpetuated. My research will draw upon theories from Psychology, Sociology, Semiology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and, of course, Musicology.

So, when I’m not analysing music and excessively reading around various ologies, I’m watching kids’ TV and films… for research purposes.