Registration Open: Sex & Sexualities in Popular Culture

Registration for the 1-day symposium Sex & Sexualities in Popular Culture, hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre on November 7th 2015, is now open. The event will showcase work from postgraduate researchers and creative practitioners around themes of Representation on Screen(s), Sexual Violence and Social Activism, and Fans & Audiences. It will also feature keynotes from Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart (DCRC) and Dr Meg John Barker (Open University).

Tickets for the symposium cost £5 and spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged. You can register here.

Draft Programme:

09:30 – 10:00: REGISTRATION

10:00 – 11:00: KEYNOTE

                        Esther MacCallum-Stewart (University of the West of England)

11:00 – 11:15: BREAK

11:15 – 12:45: PANEL A: Representations on Screen(s) (Chair: Milena Popova)

Ana-Isabel Noelke: Diversity or Derision? An Intersectional, Longitudinal Analysis of LGBT-specific Mainstream Media Advertisements

Rosemary Cronin: Subverting Patriarchy via The Sims

Irene Fubara-Manuel: Revolting Animation: Race and Male Same-Sex Desire in Adult Animation

Leandro Lima: The Thin Line Between Empowering and Stereotyping: The Asari Case in Mass Effect

12:45 – 13:30: LUNCH

13:30 – 14:30: KEYNOTE

                       Meg-John Barker (Open University): Blurred Lines Around Consent? 
Social Media and Consent Conversations

14:30 – 14:45: BREAK

14:45 – 16:15: PANEL B: Sexual Violence and Social Activism (Chair: TBC)

Naomi Frisby: The Hidden Sex

Laura Thompson: “Calling out dudes who turn hostile”: Social media and the fight for justice against harassment on online dating services

Guilherme Barbacovi Libardi: The online hate speech mediated by comments on YouTube: an analysis of traces of misogyny

16:15 – 16:30: BREAK

16:30 – 18:00: PANEL C: Fans and Audiences(Chair: Bethan Jones)

Ma’Chell Duma LaVassar: Cast That Ass in Plaster: The GTOs, Kim Kardashian and the Importance of “Groupies” in the Rock & Roll Narrative

Monika Drzewiecka: Queering the Marvel Universe: Sexuality and Gender in Loki-Centric Slash Fanfiction

Lauren Maier: Title TBC

18:00: CLOSE

                        Milena Popova & Bethan Jones


You can register for the event here.

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