Symposium: Acting Up: Gender and Television Comedy

Acting Up: Gender and Television Comedy

A Day Symposium at Northumbria University

Saturday 14th January 2012

Conference Organizers:

Rosie White ,

James Leggott

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9.30-10am Registration (and teas/coffee)

10-10.45am Plenary: 

Frances Gray (former Reader in Drama, University of Sheffield) ‘Britain’s Got Bedlam: Comedy and Reality TV’

10.45-12.30pm   Session 1

  • Nicole Kypker (Liverpool John Moores) ‘One Right-On Sister: Gender Politics in Maude
  • Melanie Kennedy (UEA) ‘The Tween Sitcom: Growing up Female with Miley Cyrus, Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel’
  •  Adam Whybray (Exeter) ‘I’m Crushing Your Binaries! Drag in Monty Python and Kids in the Hall
  •  Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster, US) ‘Theorizing Queer Characters and Their Significance in Television Sitcoms’

12.30-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-3pm             Session 2

  • Catherine Spooner  (Lancaster) ‘‘I’m the Shoreditch Vampire’: Goth masculinities and comic dandies in The Mighty Boosh’
  •  Lisa Holden (Wolverhampton) ‘Humour, Horror and the Carnivalesque in Reality Television: Comic Value of the Female Body in How to Look Good Naked
  •  Liudmila Voronova and Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörns högskola, Sweden)To joke off-the-cuff is men’s job? A multilayered analysis of Russian infotainment TV programs Projectorparishilton and Devchata

3.00-3.15pm Coffee/tea

3.15-4.45             Session 3

  • Lauren Jade Thompson (Warwick) ‘Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit: Performing Masculinity in How I Met Your Mother’
  • Tom May (Newcastle College) ‘Malcontents and metropolitans: problematic masculinity in Shelley and How Do You Want Me?
  • Bruce Bennett (Lancaster) ‘Gary’s War on Terror: Television Comedy and Soldier’s Stories’

4.45-5pm Closing Thoughts


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