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Two words: Harvey. Weinstein. The media is awash right now with Hollywood types of all ilks rushing to distance themselves from the mogul turned sexual predator. Hillary Clinton has expressed her ‘shock’ at the behaviour of her former friend and James Corden has rightly received a good dressing down for making jokes about the serious allegations which have began to emerge.

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CGWS Summer School Notes – Trans* Bowie, Trans* Prince – Prof. Jack Halberstam

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I have to admit that the Cultural Studies nerd in me was more than a little excited to see Jack Halberstam give the keynote speech for the CGWS Summer School in Lancaster on Monday. As I arrived at the venue and was the first to take my seat in the auditorium I was positively giddy and am happy to report that I was not disappointed!  Continue reading

CGWS Summer School Notes – Amy Winehouse and the mediated politics of disgust – Dr. Debra Ferreday

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Last night’s screening of ‘Amy’ was followed this morning with an interesting lecture from Dr.Ferreday on the politics of disgust. I was particularly moved by her discussion of Amy as an ‘abject’ figure which prompted me to search for the above dictionary definition – ‘completely without pride or dignity’ which seemed a fitting way to describe how Winehouse has often been depicted. Ferreday also notes the links with bodily disgust, blood, sweat, pus etc. Interesting too to think about the tabloid celebrity press’ use of the ‘red circle’ – usually for highlighting the bodily transgression of cellulite was used to highlight the embodiments of Amy’s mental illness. Continue reading

CGWS Summer School Notes – Celebrity Provocations Miley and Rihanna – Dr. Debra Ferreday and Dr Kate McNicholas Smith

Another really interesting session today. Both thought provoking explorations of the disruptive potential of artists such as Mile and Rihanna and uselful to think not just about representations, but interpretations and readings of these representations and how they re(produce) modes of oppression and even violence. My key thoughts arising from both of these excellent papers were- Continue reading