Women and Comedy Symposium
University of Salford Thursday 19th October 2017
This symposium will be the first convened by Mixed Bill, a newly established interdisciplinary comedy and gender research network currently comprised of researchers from the Universities of Salford, Leeds and Sheffield Hallam. This inaugural event will be a vibrant mixture of academic papers, interventions, workshops and panel discussions and will coincide with the opening of the 2017 Women in Comedy Festival in central Manchester. As part of the symposium, attendees will be invited to the launch night festivities as a chance to socialise, network and encounter first-hand the evolving strategies that seek to challenge the inequalities on today’s live comedy circuit.
Register here. (link will go live soon – we are on it!)
The programme of events on the 19th will run between 9am and 6.45pm. A full programme and abstracts will be sent out to all registered attendees in advance of the day.
Current running order:
9am – Registration (tea and coffee provided)
9.30am – Opening remarks – Lisa Moore (University of Salford)
9.45am – Keynote lecture –
Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University) Smack the Pony: Queering Postfeminism in British Sketch Comedy
10.45am – Panel 1 Capturing female comic performance.
Sam Beale (Middlesex University) Gagging for it: irony, innuendo and the politics of subversion in women’s comic performances on the London music hall stage
Dr Ian Wilkie (University of Salford) Missing in Action? The Strange Invisibility of Two (Very) Funny Women
Harriet Reed (V&A Museum London) Female Liberation in BBC Radio Comedy
12.15pm – Break (tea and coffee provided)
12.30pm – Panel 2 Comedy and gender subversion
Dr Maggie Inchley (Queen Mary University of London) Womanhearing in Manwatching
Victoria Hogg and Francesca Reid – (Performers, London) Comedy Himprov?: Breaking gender traps and owning your fun in the moment (performance paper)
1.30pm – Lunch (provided for registered attendees – please indicate any dietary requirements when registering)
2.15pm – Panel 3 Comedy, feminism and the live circuit
Lindsay Rodgers (Queen’s University Canada) Intersectional feminism as championed by/within stand-up comedy
Neslihan Arol (University of Arts Berlin), An Escape Strategy from the Constructions of Hegemonic Imaginary: Using Allegory in Stand-Up Comedy
Ellie Tomsett (Sheffield Hallam University) Where are we now? Comedy and Spacial Justice (a short provocation).
3.45pm – Panel 4 Comedy, activism and female bodies
Chella Quint (Performer and activist, Sheffield) Adventures in Adventures in Menstruating: How goofing on adverts became the #periodpositive movement.
Janice Perry (Performance artist, University of Vermont) Naked at the Met (performance paper)
4.45pm – Break (tea and coffee provided)
5pm – Future Funny Industry Panel and Q&A
Chairing discussion – Ellie Tomsett (Sheffield Hallam) and Kate Fox (University of Leeds)
Panel members include…..
Hazel O’Keefe (Director or Laughing Cows and Women in Comedy Festival UK)
Caroline Moran (Rose D’Or winning co-creator and writer of Raised by Wolves)
6.30pm – Closing remarks – Kate Fox (University of Leeds)
Those attendees that wish to attend the opening night of the Women in Comedy Festival (8pm The Frog and Bucket in Manchester) can purchase a ticket here. We hope everyone can join us to socialise and see how the festival seeks to challenge outdated stereotypes around women in comedy.
This has been made possible with the support of both University of Salford and Sheffield Hallam University.