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Theorising the Popular Conference 2017

Liverpool Hope University, June 21st-22nd 2017

 

The Popular Culture Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce its seventh annual international conference, ‘Theorising the Popular’. Building on the success of previous years, the 2017 conference aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. One of its chief goals will be to generate debate that challenges academic hierarchies and cuts across disciplinary barriers.

The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in new ways of researching ‘popular’ forms of communication and culture. In addition to papers from established and early career academics, we encourage proposals from postgraduate taught and research students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Film and Television
  • Media and Communication
  • Politics and Populism
  • Literature (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
  • Music
  • Drama and Performance
  • Fan Cultures and Audience Research
  • Sport
  • Games Studies
  • Celebrity
  • Social Media
  • Gender: Feminism/Femininities/Masculinities/Queering/Sexualities/Representations of the Body

 

The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope’s main campus, Hope Park. Situated in a pleasant suburb of Liverpool, just four miles from the city centre, Hope Park offers superb facilities in beautiful surroundings.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Dr Jacqui Miller and Dr Joshua Gulam (ttpconference@hope.ac.uk) by March 17th 2017. The abstract should include your name, email address, affiliation, as well as the title of your paper.

Successful abstracts will be notified by April 3rd 2017.

Conference fees: £100 for both days, including lunch and all refreshments (£80 for students and unwaged). Day rates are also available (see Registration Fees section of this website).

 

Connect with us on social media:

Twitter: @TheorisePopular

Facebook: Theorising the Popular Conference

Previous Programs

  

Panel Topics 2015

30th June - 1st July 2015‌

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2015

Performance and Culture
Chair - Elodie Chazalon

Cinema and Society
Chair - Jacqui Miller

Television and Culture
Chair - Elena Boschi

Writing and Meaning
Chair - Lynn Hilditch

Literary Forms and Cultural Expression
Chair - Elliot Hardman

‘Bona To Vada Your Dolly Old Eek. Queer Lineages, Campiness and Popular Performance’
Chair - Eric Sandberg

Culture and Critique
Chair - Esmee Hoek

Difficult Women
Chair - Jacqui Miller

Masculinities and Culture
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

Culture and the World
Chair - Elliot Hardman


 

Panel Topics 2013

1st - 3rd July 2013 

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2013

“Heroes”
 
Chair - Elena Boschi

 “Let’s Dance”
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

“Cracked Actor
Chair - Suzanne Bray

“Hang Onto Your Self”
 Chair - Jacqui Miller

“Fashion”
Chair - Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish

“Rebel Rebel”
Chair: Kasandra Paterson

“Golden Years”
Chair - Esperanza Miyake

“Word on a Wing”
Chair - Lynn Hilditch

“Changes”
Chair - Jacqui Miller

“Ashes to Ashes”
Chair - Anthony Cawley

“Where are we Now?”
Chair - Elliot Hardman

 


 

Panel Topics 2012

2nd - 4th July 2012

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2012

Films, Heroes And Re-Visions
Chair – Jacqui Miller

International Art, Culture And Resistance
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

Culture, Technology And Innovation
Chair - Peter Kramer

Textual Transformations
Chair - Alice Bennett

Cartoons, Music and TV: Culture, Text and Cultural Critique
Chair -  Anthony Cawley

Sexualities, Politics and Culture
Chair – Claire Molloy

Modern Literary Culture
Chair - Manel Herat

Global media
Chair - Bryce Evans


 

Panel Topics 2010 

19th - 21st July 2010

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2010

Popular Literature
Chair: Steve Brie

Performing Arts
Chair: Gary Bowman

Film & Culture
Chair: Peter Kramer

Asian Cultural Perspectives
Chair: Roshan Singh

Adolescent Media
Chair: John Walliss

Elite V. Popular: A Cultural Debate
Chair: Elaine Hartnell

Fan Cultures
Chair: Jacqui Miller

The End: A Bang or a Laugh?
Chair: Charlie Blake

Media, Crime & Investigation
Chair: Jacqui Miller

Resistant Forms: Film, Art & Music
Chair: Linda McLoughlin

Registration Fees

Registration Fees for Theorising the Popular 2017

2-Day Rate (including lunch and all refreshments)

£100 for Standard Delegates

£80 for Students and Unwaged

Single Day Rate (including lunch and all refreshments)

£50 for Standard Delegates

£40 for Students and Unwaged

To register for this conference please visit the Liverpool Hope University Online Store. An email will be circulated to all delegates to confirm when registration is available. 

Travel and Hotels

 

Getting to Hope

 

From Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Hope Park

The closest airport to Hope Park is Liverpool John Lennon airport.  

To travel to the university it takes approximately 20 minutes by bus from the airport (traffic depending). If you are travelling to Hope from Liverpool John Lennon airport, the most direct public transport route is by bus (route 81A). Alternatively, if you wish to go straight into the city centre there are frequent train and bus routes. For details of bus times and routes see the Arriva website.

 

By Bus

From the city centre the buses which go to Hope Park include the 75, 86C (from Liverpool One Bus Station and Great Charlotte Street/Elliot Street) or 78 (from Queens Square Bus Station) and drop off on Woolton Road. 

  

By Train

Hope Park is easily accessible from Liverpool’s main railway station, Liverpool Lime Street.  The 86c bus is direct to Taggart Avenue and the 79c and 79d bus services stop at the Childwall Fiveways and the 75 stops on Woolton Road.  

Broad Green railway station is the nearest (just over one mile) to our Hope Park campus, but there are no direct bus services. Various buses are available from Queens Drive, a short walk away, including the 61, 81 and 81A.

  

By Taxi or Minibus

Private hire taxis:

Mersey Cabs: +44 ( 0)151 298 1234 (card) /  +44 (0)151 298 2222 (cash)

Village Taxis: +44 (0)151 427 7909

Liverpool Taxi Service: +44 7582 35 35 35 

Private hire minibuses:

Adminibuses: +44 ( 0)151 280 0350

Local Minibus hire: +44 (0)151 6650 001

  

From Manchester Airport to Hope Park

Manchester airport is the second closest Airport to Liverpool. It takes approximately one hour by National Express coach to get from Manchester airport bus terminal to Liverpool city centre. 

  

From Heathrow to Liverpool

If you fly to Heathrow rather than Liverpool or Manchester, you can get either a train or a coach to Liverpool. It is best to book in advance to guarantee a seat and a reasonable price. National Express coaches depart from the airport while the train departs from Euston station. You can commute to Euston from the airport on the underground by taking the Piccadilly Line to Green Park, then the Victoria Line to Euston. 

 

For more information about Liverpool see the Visit Liverpool website.

For more information about Liverpool Hope University and transport to and from its various campuses see the How to Find Us section of this website. 

 

 

Accomodation 

Option 1

There is a variety of accommodation options situated within the grounds of the conference venue. All of which are competitively priced. They are listed as follows:

Type of Accommodation

Type of Accommodation

Price per room/per night

En Suite & Breakfast

Hall of Residence

£40.00

En Suite & Breakfast

EDEN Suite (Executive rooms)

£58.50

Please take a look at the image gallery to view the accommodation available. In the Halls of Residence, there are also catering facilities, while linen and toiletries will be provided as part of the cost. In addition to the Halls of Residence, we have the EDEN Suite - a set of executive style double en-suite bedrooms. Breakfast is conveniently located for all the accommodation types. 

To book accommodation for the conference please visit the Liverpool Hope University Online StoreAn email will be circulated to all delegates to confirm when the booking for accommodation is available. 

The on campus accommodation available in Option 1 should suit most people’s needs and is conveniently placed to enjoy the vibrant research community during the conference. However, if you would like to be based in the City Centre then there is Option 2.

 

Option 2

Liverpool has a wide range of hotels which can be booked from hotel websites and price comparison sites.  The city centre is approximately a 25-35 minute bus ride from the University (see above for details on transport to and from city centre).

2017 Program

Theorising the Popular 2017 - Conference Program

TtP Conference Schedule (2017)

TtP Panel Details (2017)

 

Individual papers are 20 minutes in length. 

Wednesday, 21st June

 

Session 1         9.30 – 11.30

Panel 1A               Questions of High and Low Culture

Panel Chair: TBC

Alice Kelly (University of Edinburgh) ‘‘We Are the Creatures of Our Light Literature’: Race, Pulp Covers and Consumable Conrad’

Leticia Alonso (Jackson State University) ‘Mina Loy on Mary Dressler: A Poetic Representation of Cinema Celebrity Culture’

Alison Offe (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Deconstructing the Historical Novel Genre: Wolf Hall and its Adaptations’

Steve Brie () ‘Waiting for the Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man: Genesis’ “Supper’s Ready” and 1970s British society’

 

Panel 1B               Popular Romance – Pre-Constituted Panel

Panel Chair: Paloma Fresno-Calleja (University of the Balearic Islands)

“Land(e)scaping the shopping list”: Old and New Uses of the Exotic in Contemporary Popular Romance

The purpose of this thematic panel is to focus on the literary boom of the so-called “landscape novels” written by western female authors and successfully mass-produced as stories of romance, travel and adventure for a female readership avid of “exotic” cultural experiences.

Speakers:            Aurora Garcia-Fernandez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Irene Perez-Fernandez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Cristina Cruz-Gutierrez (University of the Balearic Islands)

Paloma Fresno-Calleja(University of the Balearic Islands)

 

Session 2         11.45 – 13.15

Panel 2A              Popular Culture and Lived Spaces

Panel Chair: TBC

Susan Flavelle (Ryerson University) ‘Exploring home: How reading fiction and local tourism intersect’

Laura Martinez-Garcia (University of Oviedo) ‘The pull of the unpopular: countercultural movements, underground music, extreme sports and masculinity in American life’

Nyasha Sibanda (De Montford University) ‘In Their Own Words: Nostalgia, Trivia and Memory in Local Cinema History’

 

Panel 2B               Approaches to Comedy

Panel Chair: TBC

Eve Smith (Liverpool John Moores University) ‘Comedy as social conscience in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Rejecting the Ridicule of Satire for the Ridiculousness of Comedy’

Jane CoomberSewell (Canterbury Christ Church University) ‘Grenfell’s Working Woman Warriors’

Adam Carter (Goldsmiths, University of London) ‘Stand-up, Ridicule and Struggles for Value: “Essex Girls” in the Comedy Club’

 

Session 3         14.00 – 16.00

Panel 3A              Fandom and the Popular

Panel Chair: Eve Smith (Liverpool John Moores University)

Florencia Garcia-Rapp (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) ‘The Fourth Wall and The Wall: A cross-cultural reception analysis of Game of Thrones

Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University) ‘Theorising the Unpopular: How The Hobbit films “failed” their audiences’

Pilar Lacasa, Julian de la Fuente, Sara Cortes and Maria Pernia (University of Alcalá) ‘Teens and popular culture: Remix, multimodality and creative tools in fandom communities’

Martin Ian Smith (Northumbria University) ‘Serb Your Enthusiasm: Anti-fan Discourses and A Serbian Film

 

Panel 3B               Representation and Visibility

Panel Chair: TBC

Antonios Ktenidis (University of Sheffield) ‘The Representation of Restricted Growth in Little People, Big World and The Little Couple: How “Real” Are Reality Shows?’

Anne-Mette Hermans (King’s College London) ‘“Lifting, sculpting and reshaping”: The multimodal representation of cosmetic surgery and “other” beauty products and services in UK lifestyle magazines’

Lucinda Stroud (University of Aberdeen) ‘The visibility of loss and invisibility of power within the United Kingdom’s genre of Real Life women’s weekly magazines’

Elena Urbano (University of Malaga) ‘Representing dissenting voices in the digital press: victims of sexual and physical abuses in Irish Industrial schools’

 

Session 4         16.15 – 17.45

Panel 4A              Gaming

Panel Chair: Joshua Gulam (Liverpool Hope University)

Aris Emmanouloudis (University of Amsterdam) ‘Mortal Kollab: Video game fans shaping their favourite franchises’

Richard Bingham (University of Birmingham) ‘Border Play: Engaging with the realities of socio-political systems in Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please

Dominika Kozera (Maria Curie-SkÅ‚odowska University) ‘Borderlands Reloaded: Transmedia strategies and/or fan expectations’

 

Panel 4B               Theatre and Performance

Panel Chair: TBC

James Layton (University of Cumbria) ‘All aboard for a socially accelerated journey on the You Me Bum Bum Train: Metaxis, transformation, jouissance’

Sara Benoist (Centre de Linguistique en Sorbonne) ‘Circus studies: The epistemology of a new sub-discipline’

John Bennett (Liverpool Hope University) ‘You’re not getting in looking like that: An historiography of forty years of Bouncers by John Godber’

 

Thursday, 22nd June

 

Session 5         9.30 – 11.30

Panel 5A              The Place of Women in Popular Film and Television

Panel Chair: TBC

Marija Laugalyte (University College Cork) ‘Girls and Girlfriends: The Technological Precariatisation of the Public-Private Divide in Contemporary US Television’

Neta Yodovich (University of Manchester) & Kinneret Lahad (Tel-Aviv University) ‘“I don’t think this woman had anyone in her Life”: Loneliness and Singlehood in Six Feet Under

Tingli Liu (University of Warwick) ‘Analysing representations of ‘leftover’ women in Chinese media’

Sean Travers (University College Cork) ‘Competitive Narration: Trauma in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks

 

Panel 5B               Politics and Populism

Panel Chair: TBC

Ana Roldan-Riejos (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) & Victor Ellis (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) ‘A study of the treatment of populism in European media’

Courtney Cole (Regis College) ‘Transitional Justice in Public: Truth Commissions Hearings as Popular Communication’

Peter Templeton (Loughborough University) ‘Taking a Stand: Southern Populism from Jackson to Trump, Via The People’s Party and the Dixiecrats’

Joel Gn (Singapore University of Social Sciences) ‘Making more of what we love: Participatory culture in fiction and politics’

 

Session 6         11.45 – 13.15

Panel 6A              Popular Literatures

Panel Chair: TBC

Romaric Anquez (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Animal Symbolism in the Harry Potter Series: Avatars of Good and Evil’

Matthieu Mordacq (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Jack Sheffield’s Teacher Series: An Attempt at Transferring Regional Literature from English into French’

Cecilia Santorum (University of Santiago de Compostela) ‘The Gender Politics of Evil in High and Popular Culture: the case of the Blakean influence on Alan Moore’s From Hell

 

Panel 6B               Performance and Politics

Panel Chair: Joshua Gulam (Liverpool Hope University)

Emma-Jayne Reekie (University of Liverpool) ‘“The Times They Are A-Changin”: Politicians, Musicians and the Political Award’

Mark O’Thomas (Newcastle University) ‘The Rhetoric of Hamilton and its emancipated spectators’

Paul Sadot (University of Chichester) ‘Moving Politically: A turbulent approach’

 

Session 7         14.00 – 16.00

Panel 7A              Film, TV and Identity

Panel Chair: TBC

Katie Barnett (University of Worcester) ‘“If ever there was someone to keep me at home, it would be you”: Brothers and sisters on screen’

Anna Whelan (University of Texas) ‘Reformulating Female Coming-of-Age Narratives in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

Daniel Hey (University of Salford) ‘The Process of Eternal Deferment: Cycles of Abjection in Hideo Nakata’s Ringu

Charlotte Hall (Liverpool Hope University) ‘I am big! It’s the pictures that got small’

 

Panel 7B               Music

Panel Chair: TBC

Mehmet Celikel (Pamukkale University) ‘Anatolian Rock: Popularising Rock Music as a National Cultural Phenomenon’

Marlie Centawer (Queen's University, Ontario) ‘Playful Rebellion: Theorizing The Beatles, Girl Culture, and (Anti) Heritage Popular Music Tourism’

Kirsten Strom (Grand Valley State University) ‘Putting the Cult in Popular Culture: Post-Punk and the Avant-Garde’

Bethany Easton (Liverpool Hope University) ‘The Beatles, RPF, and the power of mythology: A consideration of fandom, myth construction and everyday lives’

 

Session 8         16.15 – 17.45

Panel 8A              Rethinking Crime Genres

Panel Chair: Paul Johnston (Liverpool Hope University)

Michael Drake (University of Hull) ‘The crime novel as critique of critique: Arnaldur Indridason’s Erlendur novels as global literary sociology’

Suzanne Bray ‘Not Just One Crime after Another: An Attempt to Bring Some Order into the Mass of Historical Crime Fiction’

Maria Angeles Toda (University of Seville) ‘Limits and Renewals: The female “helper” in 21st century crime procedurals’

 

Panel 8B               Paratexts: On the Margins of the Popular?

Panel Chair: TBC

Nadia Sartoretti (University of Geneva) ‘Chinese Internet Fictions or « The Matrix Reloaded »: Online Ubiquity, Adaptations Surge and Impact of the Hard Copy Publication Industry’

Cassie Brummitt (De Montfort University) ‘Rethinking Theme Parks: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and Blockbuster Franchising’

Alison Lutton (University of Oxford) ‘Popularising the paratext: The debut novel, debuted on YouTube’

 

Overview

Theorising the Popular Conference 2017

Liverpool Hope University, June 21st-22nd 2017

 

The Popular Culture Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce its seventh annual international conference, ‘Theorising the Popular’. Building on the success of previous years, the 2017 conference aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. One of its chief goals will be to generate debate that challenges academic hierarchies and cuts across disciplinary barriers.

The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in new ways of researching ‘popular’ forms of communication and culture. In addition to papers from established and early career academics, we encourage proposals from postgraduate taught and research students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Film and Television
  • Media and Communication
  • Politics and Populism
  • Literature (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
  • Music
  • Drama and Performance
  • Fan Cultures and Audience Research
  • Sport
  • Games Studies
  • Celebrity
  • Social Media
  • Gender: Feminism/Femininities/Masculinities/Queering/Sexualities/Representations of the Body

 

The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope’s main campus, Hope Park. Situated in a pleasant suburb of Liverpool, just four miles from the city centre, Hope Park offers superb facilities in beautiful surroundings.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Dr Jacqui Miller and Dr Joshua Gulam (ttpconference@hope.ac.uk) by March 17th 2017. The abstract should include your name, email address, affiliation, as well as the title of your paper.

Successful abstracts will be notified by April 3rd 2017.

Conference fees: £100 for both days, including lunch and all refreshments (£80 for students and unwaged). Day rates are also available (see Registration Fees section of this website).

 

Connect with us on social media:

Twitter: @TheorisePopular

Facebook: Theorising the Popular Conference

Previous Programs

  

Panel Topics 2015

30th June - 1st July 2015‌

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2015

Performance and Culture
Chair - Elodie Chazalon

Cinema and Society
Chair - Jacqui Miller

Television and Culture
Chair - Elena Boschi

Writing and Meaning
Chair - Lynn Hilditch

Literary Forms and Cultural Expression
Chair - Elliot Hardman

‘Bona To Vada Your Dolly Old Eek. Queer Lineages, Campiness and Popular Performance’
Chair - Eric Sandberg

Culture and Critique
Chair - Esmee Hoek

Difficult Women
Chair - Jacqui Miller

Masculinities and Culture
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

Culture and the World
Chair - Elliot Hardman


 

Panel Topics 2013

1st - 3rd July 2013 

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2013

“Heroes”
 
Chair - Elena Boschi

 “Let’s Dance”
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

“Cracked Actor
Chair - Suzanne Bray

“Hang Onto Your Self”
 Chair - Jacqui Miller

“Fashion”
Chair - Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish

“Rebel Rebel”
Chair: Kasandra Paterson

“Golden Years”
Chair - Esperanza Miyake

“Word on a Wing”
Chair - Lynn Hilditch

“Changes”
Chair - Jacqui Miller

“Ashes to Ashes”
Chair - Anthony Cawley

“Where are we Now?”
Chair - Elliot Hardman

 


 

Panel Topics 2012

2nd - 4th July 2012

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2012

Films, Heroes And Re-Visions
Chair – Jacqui Miller

International Art, Culture And Resistance
Chair - Sue Cronshaw

Culture, Technology And Innovation
Chair - Peter Kramer

Textual Transformations
Chair - Alice Bennett

Cartoons, Music and TV: Culture, Text and Cultural Critique
Chair -  Anthony Cawley

Sexualities, Politics and Culture
Chair – Claire Molloy

Modern Literary Culture
Chair - Manel Herat

Global media
Chair - Bryce Evans


 

Panel Topics 2010 

19th - 21st July 2010

Theorising the Popular Conference Program 2010

Popular Literature
Chair: Steve Brie

Performing Arts
Chair: Gary Bowman

Film & Culture
Chair: Peter Kramer

Asian Cultural Perspectives
Chair: Roshan Singh

Adolescent Media
Chair: John Walliss

Elite V. Popular: A Cultural Debate
Chair: Elaine Hartnell

Fan Cultures
Chair: Jacqui Miller

The End: A Bang or a Laugh?
Chair: Charlie Blake

Media, Crime & Investigation
Chair: Jacqui Miller

Resistant Forms: Film, Art & Music
Chair: Linda McLoughlin

Registration Fees

Registration Fees for Theorising the Popular 2017

2-Day Rate (including lunch and all refreshments)

£100 for Standard Delegates

£80 for Students and Unwaged

Single Day Rate (including lunch and all refreshments)

£50 for Standard Delegates

£40 for Students and Unwaged

To register for this conference please visit the Liverpool Hope University Online Store. An email will be circulated to all delegates to confirm when registration is available. 

Travel and Hotels

 

Getting to Hope

 

From Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Hope Park

The closest airport to Hope Park is Liverpool John Lennon airport.  

To travel to the university it takes approximately 20 minutes by bus from the airport (traffic depending). If you are travelling to Hope from Liverpool John Lennon airport, the most direct public transport route is by bus (route 81A). Alternatively, if you wish to go straight into the city centre there are frequent train and bus routes. For details of bus times and routes see the Arriva website.

 

By Bus

From the city centre the buses which go to Hope Park include the 75, 86C (from Liverpool One Bus Station and Great Charlotte Street/Elliot Street) or 78 (from Queens Square Bus Station) and drop off on Woolton Road. 

  

By Train

Hope Park is easily accessible from Liverpool’s main railway station, Liverpool Lime Street.  The 86c bus is direct to Taggart Avenue and the 79c and 79d bus services stop at the Childwall Fiveways and the 75 stops on Woolton Road.  

Broad Green railway station is the nearest (just over one mile) to our Hope Park campus, but there are no direct bus services. Various buses are available from Queens Drive, a short walk away, including the 61, 81 and 81A.

  

By Taxi or Minibus

Private hire taxis:

Mersey Cabs: +44 ( 0)151 298 1234 (card) /  +44 (0)151 298 2222 (cash)

Village Taxis: +44 (0)151 427 7909

Liverpool Taxi Service: +44 7582 35 35 35 

Private hire minibuses:

Adminibuses: +44 ( 0)151 280 0350

Local Minibus hire: +44 (0)151 6650 001

  

From Manchester Airport to Hope Park

Manchester airport is the second closest Airport to Liverpool. It takes approximately one hour by National Express coach to get from Manchester airport bus terminal to Liverpool city centre. 

  

From Heathrow to Liverpool

If you fly to Heathrow rather than Liverpool or Manchester, you can get either a train or a coach to Liverpool. It is best to book in advance to guarantee a seat and a reasonable price. National Express coaches depart from the airport while the train departs from Euston station. You can commute to Euston from the airport on the underground by taking the Piccadilly Line to Green Park, then the Victoria Line to Euston. 

 

For more information about Liverpool see the Visit Liverpool website.

For more information about Liverpool Hope University and transport to and from its various campuses see the How to Find Us section of this website. 

 

 

Accomodation 

Option 1

There is a variety of accommodation options situated within the grounds of the conference venue. All of which are competitively priced. They are listed as follows:

Type of Accommodation

Type of Accommodation

Price per room/per night

En Suite & Breakfast

Hall of Residence

£40.00

En Suite & Breakfast

EDEN Suite (Executive rooms)

£58.50

Please take a look at the image gallery to view the accommodation available. In the Halls of Residence, there are also catering facilities, while linen and toiletries will be provided as part of the cost. In addition to the Halls of Residence, we have the EDEN Suite - a set of executive style double en-suite bedrooms. Breakfast is conveniently located for all the accommodation types. 

To book accommodation for the conference please visit the Liverpool Hope University Online StoreAn email will be circulated to all delegates to confirm when the booking for accommodation is available. 

The on campus accommodation available in Option 1 should suit most people’s needs and is conveniently placed to enjoy the vibrant research community during the conference. However, if you would like to be based in the City Centre then there is Option 2.

 

Option 2

Liverpool has a wide range of hotels which can be booked from hotel websites and price comparison sites.  The city centre is approximately a 25-35 minute bus ride from the University (see above for details on transport to and from city centre).

2017 Program

Theorising the Popular 2017 - Conference Program

TtP Conference Schedule (2017)

TtP Panel Details (2017)

 

Individual papers are 20 minutes in length. 

Wednesday, 21st June

 

Session 1         9.30 – 11.30

Panel 1A               Questions of High and Low Culture

Panel Chair: TBC

Alice Kelly (University of Edinburgh) ‘‘We Are the Creatures of Our Light Literature’: Race, Pulp Covers and Consumable Conrad’

Leticia Alonso (Jackson State University) ‘Mina Loy on Mary Dressler: A Poetic Representation of Cinema Celebrity Culture’

Alison Offe (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Deconstructing the Historical Novel Genre: Wolf Hall and its Adaptations’

Steve Brie () ‘Waiting for the Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man: Genesis’ “Supper’s Ready” and 1970s British society’

 

Panel 1B               Popular Romance – Pre-Constituted Panel

Panel Chair: Paloma Fresno-Calleja (University of the Balearic Islands)

“Land(e)scaping the shopping list”: Old and New Uses of the Exotic in Contemporary Popular Romance

The purpose of this thematic panel is to focus on the literary boom of the so-called “landscape novels” written by western female authors and successfully mass-produced as stories of romance, travel and adventure for a female readership avid of “exotic” cultural experiences.

Speakers:            Aurora Garcia-Fernandez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Irene Perez-Fernandez (Universidad de Oviedo)

Cristina Cruz-Gutierrez (University of the Balearic Islands)

Paloma Fresno-Calleja(University of the Balearic Islands)

 

Session 2         11.45 – 13.15

Panel 2A              Popular Culture and Lived Spaces

Panel Chair: TBC

Susan Flavelle (Ryerson University) ‘Exploring home: How reading fiction and local tourism intersect’

Laura Martinez-Garcia (University of Oviedo) ‘The pull of the unpopular: countercultural movements, underground music, extreme sports and masculinity in American life’

Nyasha Sibanda (De Montford University) ‘In Their Own Words: Nostalgia, Trivia and Memory in Local Cinema History’

 

Panel 2B               Approaches to Comedy

Panel Chair: TBC

Eve Smith (Liverpool John Moores University) ‘Comedy as social conscience in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Rejecting the Ridicule of Satire for the Ridiculousness of Comedy’

Jane CoomberSewell (Canterbury Christ Church University) ‘Grenfell’s Working Woman Warriors’

Adam Carter (Goldsmiths, University of London) ‘Stand-up, Ridicule and Struggles for Value: “Essex Girls” in the Comedy Club’

 

Session 3         14.00 – 16.00

Panel 3A              Fandom and the Popular

Panel Chair: Eve Smith (Liverpool John Moores University)

Florencia Garcia-Rapp (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) ‘The Fourth Wall and The Wall: A cross-cultural reception analysis of Game of Thrones

Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University) ‘Theorising the Unpopular: How The Hobbit films “failed” their audiences’

Pilar Lacasa, Julian de la Fuente, Sara Cortes and Maria Pernia (University of Alcalá) ‘Teens and popular culture: Remix, multimodality and creative tools in fandom communities’

Martin Ian Smith (Northumbria University) ‘Serb Your Enthusiasm: Anti-fan Discourses and A Serbian Film

 

Panel 3B               Representation and Visibility

Panel Chair: TBC

Antonios Ktenidis (University of Sheffield) ‘The Representation of Restricted Growth in Little People, Big World and The Little Couple: How “Real” Are Reality Shows?’

Anne-Mette Hermans (King’s College London) ‘“Lifting, sculpting and reshaping”: The multimodal representation of cosmetic surgery and “other” beauty products and services in UK lifestyle magazines’

Lucinda Stroud (University of Aberdeen) ‘The visibility of loss and invisibility of power within the United Kingdom’s genre of Real Life women’s weekly magazines’

Elena Urbano (University of Malaga) ‘Representing dissenting voices in the digital press: victims of sexual and physical abuses in Irish Industrial schools’

 

Session 4         16.15 – 17.45

Panel 4A              Gaming

Panel Chair: Joshua Gulam (Liverpool Hope University)

Aris Emmanouloudis (University of Amsterdam) ‘Mortal Kollab: Video game fans shaping their favourite franchises’

Richard Bingham (University of Birmingham) ‘Border Play: Engaging with the realities of socio-political systems in Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please

Dominika Kozera (Maria Curie-SkÅ‚odowska University) ‘Borderlands Reloaded: Transmedia strategies and/or fan expectations’

 

Panel 4B               Theatre and Performance

Panel Chair: TBC

James Layton (University of Cumbria) ‘All aboard for a socially accelerated journey on the You Me Bum Bum Train: Metaxis, transformation, jouissance’

Sara Benoist (Centre de Linguistique en Sorbonne) ‘Circus studies: The epistemology of a new sub-discipline’

John Bennett (Liverpool Hope University) ‘You’re not getting in looking like that: An historiography of forty years of Bouncers by John Godber’

 

Thursday, 22nd June

 

Session 5         9.30 – 11.30

Panel 5A              The Place of Women in Popular Film and Television

Panel Chair: TBC

Marija Laugalyte (University College Cork) ‘Girls and Girlfriends: The Technological Precariatisation of the Public-Private Divide in Contemporary US Television’

Neta Yodovich (University of Manchester) & Kinneret Lahad (Tel-Aviv University) ‘“I don’t think this woman had anyone in her Life”: Loneliness and Singlehood in Six Feet Under

Tingli Liu (University of Warwick) ‘Analysing representations of ‘leftover’ women in Chinese media’

Sean Travers (University College Cork) ‘Competitive Narration: Trauma in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks

 

Panel 5B               Politics and Populism

Panel Chair: TBC

Ana Roldan-Riejos (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) & Victor Ellis (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) ‘A study of the treatment of populism in European media’

Courtney Cole (Regis College) ‘Transitional Justice in Public: Truth Commissions Hearings as Popular Communication’

Peter Templeton (Loughborough University) ‘Taking a Stand: Southern Populism from Jackson to Trump, Via The People’s Party and the Dixiecrats’

Joel Gn (Singapore University of Social Sciences) ‘Making more of what we love: Participatory culture in fiction and politics’

 

Session 6         11.45 – 13.15

Panel 6A              Popular Literatures

Panel Chair: TBC

Romaric Anquez (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Animal Symbolism in the Harry Potter Series: Avatars of Good and Evil’

Matthieu Mordacq (Université Catholique de Lille) ‘Jack Sheffield’s Teacher Series: An Attempt at Transferring Regional Literature from English into French’

Cecilia Santorum (University of Santiago de Compostela) ‘The Gender Politics of Evil in High and Popular Culture: the case of the Blakean influence on Alan Moore’s From Hell

 

Panel 6B               Performance and Politics

Panel Chair: Joshua Gulam (Liverpool Hope University)

Emma-Jayne Reekie (University of Liverpool) ‘“The Times They Are A-Changin”: Politicians, Musicians and the Political Award’

Mark O’Thomas (Newcastle University) ‘The Rhetoric of Hamilton and its emancipated spectators’

Paul Sadot (University of Chichester) ‘Moving Politically: A turbulent approach’

 

Session 7         14.00 – 16.00

Panel 7A              Film, TV and Identity

Panel Chair: TBC

Katie Barnett (University of Worcester) ‘“If ever there was someone to keep me at home, it would be you”: Brothers and sisters on screen’

Anna Whelan (University of Texas) ‘Reformulating Female Coming-of-Age Narratives in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

Daniel Hey (University of Salford) ‘The Process of Eternal Deferment: Cycles of Abjection in Hideo Nakata’s Ringu

Charlotte Hall (Liverpool Hope University) ‘I am big! It’s the pictures that got small’

 

Panel 7B               Music

Panel Chair: TBC

Mehmet Celikel (Pamukkale University) ‘Anatolian Rock: Popularising Rock Music as a National Cultural Phenomenon’

Marlie Centawer (Queen's University, Ontario) ‘Playful Rebellion: Theorizing The Beatles, Girl Culture, and (Anti) Heritage Popular Music Tourism’

Kirsten Strom (Grand Valley State University) ‘Putting the Cult in Popular Culture: Post-Punk and the Avant-Garde’

Bethany Easton (Liverpool Hope University) ‘The Beatles, RPF, and the power of mythology: A consideration of fandom, myth construction and everyday lives’

 

Session 8         16.15 – 17.45

Panel 8A              Rethinking Crime Genres

Panel Chair: Paul Johnston (Liverpool Hope University)

Michael Drake (University of Hull) ‘The crime novel as critique of critique: Arnaldur Indridason’s Erlendur novels as global literary sociology’

Suzanne Bray ‘Not Just One Crime after Another: An Attempt to Bring Some Order into the Mass of Historical Crime Fiction’

Maria Angeles Toda (University of Seville) ‘Limits and Renewals: The female “helper” in 21st century crime procedurals’

 

Panel 8B               Paratexts: On the Margins of the Popular?

Panel Chair: TBC

Nadia Sartoretti (University of Geneva) ‘Chinese Internet Fictions or « The Matrix Reloaded »: Online Ubiquity, Adaptations Surge and Impact of the Hard Copy Publication Industry’

Cassie Brummitt (De Montfort University) ‘Rethinking Theme Parks: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and Blockbuster Franchising’

Alison Lutton (University of Oxford) ‘Popularising the paratext: The debut novel, debuted on YouTube’