Women and Comedy Symposium
University of Salford Thursday 19th October 2017
This symposium was 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 included a vibrant mixture of academic papers, interventions, workshops and panel discussions and coincided with the opening of the 2017 Women in Comedy Festival in central Manchester. As part of the symposium, attendees went along to the launch night of the festival to socialise, network and encounter first-hand the evolving strategies that seek to challenge the inequalities on today’s live comedy circuit.
Presenters and papers
Keynote lecture –
Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University) Smack the Pony: Queering Postfeminism in British Sketch Comedy
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
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)
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).
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)
Future Funny Industry Panel and Q&A
Chairing discussion – Ellie Tomsett (Sheffield Hallam) and Kate Fox (University of Leeds)
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)
Rebecca Papworth (BBC TV comedy producer, first female producer of Have I Got News For You?)
This event was made possible with the support of both University of Salford and Sheffield Hallam University.
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