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Launch event: Gender & Sexualities Research Forum: May 15th, 5pm. Prof. Beverley Skeggs

Launch event: Gender & Sexualities Research Forum

TALK followed by DISCUSSION and WINE RECEPTION, 5pm, Thursday 15th May

B307B/C  (third floor) University Building, City University London*

Guest speaker: Prof. Beverley Skeggs

“Figures of Fun, Subjects of Judgment in the Making of Proper Persons”

Since Francis Bacon’s sixteenth century ‘theory of monstrosity’ those with power have developed numerous symbolic methods to classify and judge the value of the powerless in order to force them to labour. For women judgment was usually based on their sexuality in relation to national propriety, purity and progress. The excessively sexual woman has both threatened and fascinated for centuries. This paper will explore how caricatures of female sexuality have developed over time ending with analysis from a recent research project on reality television, Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value, 2012. This research explores modern morality plays, where cartoon versions of this long history of judgment are spectacularly performed on our screens.

Beverley Skeggs is an ESRC Professorial Fellow in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also worked in the areas of Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies. Her main publications include The Media (1992), Feminist Cultural Theory (1995), Formations of Class and Gender (1997), Transformations: Thinking Through Feminism (2000), Class, Self, Culture (2004), Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety (2004, with Les Moran, Paul Tyrer and Karen Corteen), Feminism After Bourdieu (2004, with Lisa Adkins), and Reality TV and Class (2011) and Reacting to Reality Television: Audience, Performance and Value (2012) (both with Helen Wood).  She is the co-editor of The Sociological Review.

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*third floor of the University Building, Access via main entrance (Northampton Sq), then lift or stairs between Drysdale corridor and Refectory. It’s on the floor above the Student Centre – we’ll prepare some signs to put up on the day and let Reception staff know that is where attendees should be directed to.

sbbk273 • April 30, 2014

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