Kingston University London, 15th October 2016

Im/mediate bodies: materiality and mediation in popular culture

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 9:30 – 5pm

Kingston University
Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

This conference focuses on the relationship between the body and mediation in popular culture. It is run in collaboration by the cross-university working group PoP (Performances of the Popular) Moves and the Popular Culture Research Unit at Kingston University.

 Keynote: Professor Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths, University of London
“Immaterial Bodies: Machinic Perception and Dancing Beyond the Self”.   

The scope of the conference includes dance and performance studies, film, television, music and other popular media and will explore the impact that mediated bodies have on our understanding of spectatorship, historicity, translation, embodiment and performance. It also aims to address the following questions:

  • How does the presence and recording of the moving body in both live and recorded popular cultural forms engender new ideas about live-ness, immediacy, media, time and space?
  • In what ways do the im/mediacies of popular cultural bodies shape practices and practitioners?
  • How do popular cultural forms in transnational circuits of creation, reception and participation negotiate immediate and mediated spaces?
  • What is the affect of these transmissions?


 9.00am-9.30am – Registration (tea / coffee will be available)

 9.30am-9.45am – Welcome

 9.45am–11.15am – Panel 1
Queer, black and gendered intersections in dancing images

Ray Batchelor, Buckinghamshire New University
Tango teas, trousers and autonomy: images of women dancing with each other in the early 20th century

Robyn Autry, Wesleyan University, USA
Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice: What Are Black Girls Made of?

Anamaria Tamayo-Duque, University of Loughborough London
Hip Hop Culture in Medellin – Colombia: mediated bodies, political identities

 11.15am–11.30am – Coffee/tea break

 11.30am–12.30pm – Lecture demonstration

Helen Palmer, Kingston University London and Vikki Chalkin, Goldsmiths, University of London Bauhaus Beyoncé and a Button Montage: The Irreverence of Queer Clowning

 12.30pm-1.30pm – Lunch (provided)

 1.30pm–2.30pm – Keynote

Professor Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths, University of London
Immaterial Bodies: Machinic Perception and Dancing Beyond the Self

 2.30pm–4.00pm – Panel 2
Im/mediacy and affect

Celena Monteiro, University of Chichester
Currencies of (im)mediacy in the transnational dancehall experience: a case study

Andrea Rinke, Kingston University, London
‘More is never enough!’ –  Accelerated Bodies in The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese 2013)

Jo Hall, Kingston University, London
Affective Encounters with Mediated Bodies: Or, the Impressions Left by Others

4.00pm-4.30pm – Plenary discussion
Led by Dr Ann R. David, University of Roehampton

Registration Information:
Booking is essential to attend this event. Please register via Eventbrite here

Students/Unwaged     £20.00             SDR Members             £30.00             Full price entrance      £35.00

 Programming Committee: Dr Simon Brown, Dr Clare Parfitt, Dr Melissa Blanco Borelli, Dr Ann R. David,    Dr Jo Hall, Ms Celena Monteiro, Dr Laura Robinson

For further information on PoP Moves and the Popular Culture Research Unit please see PoP Moves website , the Popular Culture Research Unit website, or visit the PoP Moves Facebook page

The Call for Papers has now closed. You can download a PDF version of the Call for Papers here.