I Woke Up Like This? Beyonce and pop feminism.

I’m excited to be lecturing to students at the Royal College of Music Stockholm in December on Beyonce and pop feminism.

My lecture at KMH will consider how Beyonce epitomises the tensions between the media and issues of feminist, black feminist, and post-feminist voices in popular culture. It examines Beyonce’s music and imagery in popular culture and explores the ways in which famous women are routinely scrutinised in the popular media. From discussion of her recent adoption of feminist politics, body image, supposed denying of her racial heritage through her hairstyle choices, her marriage, ‘fake’ pregnancy and motherhood, to her status as a powerful businesswoman, Beyonce’s image has been continually dissected as both denying and representing the epitome of mainstream feminism. Her recent direct engagement with feminist issues both through her most recent album Beyonce (2013) and written essays present a further complication of her image.

This talk is part of a wider book project on Beyonce and celebrity feminism.



Published by kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival. She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances. Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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