Do Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, or Miley Cyrus contribute to feminist* discourses? Are Sherlock and Dr. Watson more than friends? And can Thor be a woman?

This conference aims to address the role of gender in popular culture, how it is represented and read. The discussion will focus on the political power of such representations and their impact on cultural practices; their critical and subversive potential. In order to do so, we would like to engage with various aspects of popular culture and look forward to discussing gender (re-)presentations and performances in a range of different media, including Film, Music, TV, Literature, Comic, Social Media, and other online media.

Potential topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Configurations of gender performance(s) in popular culture
  • Fictional representations of heteronormativity and (toxic) masculinity
  • Interplay of different dimensions of discrimination represented in popular culture (Intersectionality)
  • Identity constructions between gender stereotypes and gender fluidity
  • The influence of Queer Studies and Feminism(s) on pop cultural gender representations
  • Body politics represented and negotiated in literature and other media
  • Political dimensions: (hegemonic) narratives of gender in popular culture?