IIPC Debate 18 March

IIPC Debate 67

Wed 18 March, 12-2 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

This is a double debate!

Dr Mafalda Stasi (University of Coventry)
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Representations of Asexuality in Media Fandom
Dr Gemma Commane (University of Coventry)
Topographies of Acceptance: a story of a researchers sexual fluidity, positionality and self-identity in kinky-queer spaces

Mafalda Stasi is a senior lecturer in media at Coventry University and a Fulbright alumna. Her research is in the areas of fan, gender and queer studies. Previous publications in these fields include contributions to Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet (Hellekson and Busse 2006 (Eds)), Men and Masculinities (2013) and Participations (2014). Dr Stasi is currently working on developing the concept of the ‘sexed fan’ through emerging representations of gender and sexuality in media fan fiction, on new forms of online fan engagement, and on fan-based research methods.For more details, http://mafaldastasi.com/

Dr Gemma Commane is a Lecturer in Media in the Department of Media within the School of Art and Design at Coventry University. The main focus of her research is on areas of social exclusion, specifically in relation to youth subcultures, sexual deviancy, intoxication and pleasure, place and class, and gender non-conformity in alternative lifestyles. Gemma’s research interests and teaching specialisms include subcultures, youth and deviancy, fetish and BDSM clubbing cultures, LGBTQ, sexualities, class and inequality, creative protest, burlesque striptease, body modification, alternative femininities and ethnography. Gemma is currently working on several areas of research, including: ethnography and affective research, researcher positionality in sensitive research, bad girls and burlesque, and rollerderby and life history. Gemma is a reviewer for YOUNG: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, and SAGE Open. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of MeCCSA.

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