Events 2011-2012

June 2012

LOUDER NOW! Feminism on Film: ‘Privilege’
Thursday 28 June, 7.30pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
Rainer’s 6th feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been denied on film by virtually everybody, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class.
Guest speakers: Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University) and Dr Cate Degnen (Newcastle University). Dr White’s research interests focus on the representation of active female protagonists in popular culture. Dr Degnen researches experiences of ageing and of social change; the ageing self, narrativity and temporality.

Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928): A Three-day International Conference
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June
From the publication of John Cleland’s Fanny Hill (1748) to D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928), literature has imaginatively exploited the relationship between freedom, coercion and sexual pleasure, constantly pushing at the boundaries of what it is permissible to describe, represent and perform. At the same time, the history of print, film and theatre censorship has been told as a story of progressive unshackling from constraint. In this narrative, these ever-widening freedoms and challenges have been understood as positively beneficial to individuals and to societies. Yet the idea of sexual liberty as an unqualified good has increasingly come under scrutiny, giving way to the realization that freedom from sexual constraint can sometimes mean imprisonment in new and alternate structures of power, frustration and denial. This international, multidisciplinary conference seeks to complicate and enrich our understanding of the relation between sex, pleasure and coercion in a liberal context. It will explore the many ways in which literary and visual texts and performances can be understood to create, reinforce, question and/or dissolve these structures, as well as interrogate the complicity of publishing and the law in their framing and dismantling.

May 2012

One-day Symposium: Representations of Slavery in Neoliberal Times
Friday 25 May, 1-6pm, Research Beehive, Room 2.20, Old Library Building, Newcastle University
This symposium brings together speakers who address neoliberalism, contemporary slavery and modern slavery through the concept of representation (visual, affective, cultural and media).It is hosted by Media and Cultural Studies, the Postcolonial Research Group and the Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.

  • Professor Marcus Wood, School of English, University of Sussex, Film Performance and the Memory of Slavery in Very Liberal Times
  • Professor Lubaina Himid, Centre for Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire, Negative Positives: The Guardian, The Slave, The Wit and The Money
  • Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, Debt, Freedom and Slavery in Neoliberal Times

LOUDER NOW! Feminism on Film: ‘Eat the Kimono’
Thursday 24 May, 7pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
Eat the Kimono is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture’s contempt for independence and unconventionality.
Guest Speaker: Dr Nobuko Anan (Northumbria University). Dr Anan’s main research interests are modern and contemporary Japanese theatre/performance and visual arts, and the way that they intersect with nationhood and gender/sexuality in transnational contexts. LOUDER NOW! is a monthly night of film screenings and discussions of a feminist nature and is brought to the Star and Shadow with support from The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.

PGSpeedDatePostgraduate Speed Dating Event
Thursday 17 May, 3-5pm, Room 2.20, Research Beehive
To book a place, please contact Emily Nicholls (, and include your research title, department, stage of study and year, along with a 300 word summary of your project.

One-day symposium: Acting their Age: Women, Aging and Popular Cinema
Friday 04 May
Keynote Speakers: Dr Deborah Jermyn (University of Roehampton) and Dr Sadie Wearing (London School of Economics)
Research Centre for Film & Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

April 2012

Two-day International Interdisciplinary Conference: Moving Dangerously: Women and Travel, 1850-1950
Friday 13–Saturday 14 April
Keynote Speakers: Alexandra Peat (Franklin College, Switzerland) and Avril Maddrell (University of the West of England)
Presented in association with the Long Nineteenth Century Research Cluster, School of English and supported by the Catherine Cookson Foundation.

One-day Postgraduate Symposium: The Popular and The Middlebrow: Women’s Writing 1880-1940
Thursday 12 April
Keynote Speaker: Professor Nicola Humble (University of Roehampton)
Presented in association with the Long Nineteenth Century Research Cluster, School of English and supported by the Catherine Cookson Foundation.

One-day conference: Bodies of Evidence: Crime, Gender & Representation
Monday 02 April
Keynote Speaker: Dr Deborah Jermyn (University of Roehampton)
Presented in association with the Crime Studies Network

March 2012

A Feminist Perspective on Equality
Tuesday 27 March, 4–5.30pm, Research Beehive 2.22
Professor Eva Feder Kittay, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University/SUNY.

UG symposium 2011One-day Undergraduate Dissertation Symposium
Friday 02 March, 10am-5pm, Research Beehive, Room 2.22

February 2012

Film Series Launch Event: LOUDER NOW! Feminism on Film
Wednesday 29 February, 7pm, Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Presented in association with the Star and Shadow Cinema, curated by Rebecca Knight.

November 2011

Research Seminar: Dr Alexander Edmonds (University of Amsterdam) Sexual Capital
Wednesday 30 November, 5.30pm, Research Beehive Room 2.22
Presented in association with the Sociology Seminar Series and Americas Research Group

One-day Symposium: Early Modern Recipe Books: Women’s Social Networks and Domesticity/Science/Medicine
Friday 25 November, 10am-4pm, Research Beehive Room 2.20
Presented in association with the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Group

October 2011

Research Seminar: Dr Shona Hunter (Leeds University) Power Politics Emotions: Impossible Governance
Wednesday 05 October, Research Beehive Room 2.22
Presented in association with the Sociology Seminar Series