Women and Comedy Symposium info


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

We have kept tickets as low cost as possible –
Concessions/ Students/Unwaged/ low-income: £15
Full ticket: £20 until end of Sept and £25 thereafter.

*If you have any questions about access, need to tell us about dietary requirements or if you are also interested in attending the conference meal on Wed 18th, please get in contact with us directly. mixedbill@gmail.com

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) Breaking The Gender Trap In Comedy Improv (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 Spatial 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…..

Ava Vidal (Stand-up comedian, journalist and activist, currently raising awareness of domestic violence and empowering women through comedy)

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)

Sameena Zehra (Stand-up comedian and storyteller)

Jackie Hagan (Comic, stand-up poet and theatre-maker, whose work includes Some People Have Too Many Legs)

Rebecca Papworth (BBC TV comedy producer, first female producer of Have I Got News For You?)

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.


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