Established in early 2017 Mixed Bill is a comedy and gender research network currently made up of interdisciplinary researchers from Birmingham City, Salford, Warwick and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. The network exists to explore under-researched aspects of comedy and humour and the way this intersects with gender identities. Collective research interests include (but are not limited to) performance, cultural studies, contemporary feminisms, creative writing, celebrity studies, visual cultures, film, television, media and gender studies.
The core focus of the network is on raising public awareness of these areas through a series of events. These events will engage a variety of audiences including those working within the comedy industry, academics and the general public. Mixed Bill’s first event, a one-day symposium, (made possible through the support of Sheffield Hallam University and University of Salford) took place in October 2017 at the University of Salford and explored the topic of women and comedy, an area which all three founding members are currently researching. This was followed up in 2018 with a conference on Comedy and Power held at Sheffield Hallam University.
In 2022 we will return with a 2-day conference at Birmingham City University which will explore Comedy in Crisis. The full programme and registration information will be available shortly.
Dr Natalie Diddams (Teaching Fellow in Theatre Practice at University of Warwick)
Dr Sarah Ilott (Senior Lecturer in English and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University)