Conference papers, public events and media

Selected conference papers:

  • Invited talk: Beyoncé’s Celebrity Feminism. UNISINOS, Brazil (July 2016)
  • Invited keynote: Scholars as Critics: Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, Barcelona (July 2016)
  • Soundtrack Self: FKA twigs, Self-Documentation and Feminist Authenticity in the Music Video. Celebrity Studies Conference, Amsterdam (May 2016)
  • Invited keynote: SoMeFem: Social Media and Feminism conference: British Psychological Society  University of Salford, UK (March 2015)
  • Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance” (Intetain: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment July 9¿11, 2014 , Columbia College Chicago, United States, July 2014).
  • Opening Plenary -Sex and the City Ten Years On:Landmark Television and its Legacy. Friday April 4th 2014, Roehampton University
  • Body, Ageing and Society; The Challenge of Cultural Gerontology – Celebrity Panel (British Society of Gerontology (BSG), Oxford, United Kingdom, September 2013)
  • Meryl Streep and the Acceptable Face of Ageing Stardom in Hollywood (Revisiting Star Studies, an international conference 12-14 June 2013, , Culture Lab, Newcastle University , United Kingdom, June 2013).
  • I Do, Don’t I?: Hyper-Femininity and Celebrity Aspiration in Reality Wedding Programming (International Communication Association, London, United Kingdom, June 2013).
  • Watching the Throne: Beyonce and Jay-Z: Managing celebrity authenticity in the blogosphere. Celebrity Couples Conference, University of Southampton, November 24th 2012
  • It’s Complicated: Meryl Streep and the acceptable face of ageing in Hollywood. Acting Their Age:Women, Ageing & Popular Cinema, Newcastle University. May 2012
  • Female Celebrity, Ageing and Hyper- Scrutiny in the Gossip Industry. Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Ageing and Performance, Birkbeck University of London, December 2011://
  • The Bitch is Back: Gossip Blogging, Postfeminism and Bitch Narratives, Keywords in Communication, Popular Communication Division, International Communication Association, Chicago, 21st-25th May 2009
  • Toxic? – Perez Hilton, Gossip Blogging and the Spectacle of Female “Train Wreck” Celebrity, Going Cheap? Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres, School of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, June 2008

Media appearances:

Public talks and events:

Selected talks include:

  • Amy Documentary Q and A chair –HOME May 2015
  • Under the Skin HOME –July 2015
  • Film podcast HOME- October 2015
  • The Time is Now Podcast- September 2015
  • Women in Film and Television Launch host
  • Suburban Angst: An Introduction to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. Manchester Central Library, July 2015
  • Q and A with the director of AMY: The Amy Winehouse documentary, HOME. July 2015
  • Stardom and Rebel Without A Cause, Cornerhouse. April 2014
  • The Bad and The Beautiful, Cornerhouse, September 2012
  • Gilda and the Femme Fatale, Cornerhouse November 2011
  • Five Easy Pieces and the Hollywood Renaissance, Cornerhouse February 2011
  • Exposures: New Talent in Moving Image Documentary Forum, Cornerhouse, November 2009
  • Film introduction: Fish Tank, Cornerhouse, September 2009
  • Film introduction: Rachel Getting Married, Cornerhouse, January 2009
  • Film introduction: Milk, Cornerhouse, January 2009
  • The Coen Brothers, Cornerhouse, January 2008
  • Film introduction: Unknown White Male, Cornerhouse, April 2006
  • Ang Lee, Cornerhouse, January 2006
  • The Films of Gus Van Sant, Cornerhouse, September 2005
  • Film introduction: Palindromes, Cornerhouse, May 2005
  • The Films of Jim Jarmusch, Cornerhouse, Nov 2004
  • An Introduction to American Independent Cinema, Cornerhouse, July 2004


  • Women and Film. Cornerhouse, May-July 2009
  • The State Of Independents: Defining Contemporary American Independent Cinema, Cornerhouse. May 2008
  • Introduction to Studying Sitcom, National Media Museum, January 2008
  • Introduction to Documentary, Cornerhouse, February 2007
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting Summer School, University of Manchester, July 2005
  • Reality TV Summer School, University of Manchester, July 2004

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