Coming soon….Mad Men: The Conference. May 2016. Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Salford.


Mad Men the Conference. Middle Tennessee State University, USA and the University of Salford, UK will host an international conference on the AMC series in May 2016 (dates TBA) in Murfreesboro, Tenneessee.

Prof David Lavery, Prof Jane Marcellus (MTSU), Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Dr Michael Goddard, Dr Anthony Smith (Salford)–co-conveners.

CFP forthcoming.

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Twin Peaks Conference at The University of Salford. I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV’. University of Salford, 21-22 May 2015

Our conference I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV’. School of Arts and Media at The University of Salford, 21-22 May 2015 went very well indeed. The quality of the papers was excellent and the two days saw a fascinating and diverse set of readings of the seminal series. And some damn fine cherry pie! CFi1wHhWMAAfxAl

Here are a few images of the two days

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The conference was reviewed recently by Critical Studies in Television online. Watch this space for announcements on the next US Television Drama Series conference at The University go Salford.

Programme for the two-day “I’ll See you in 25 years”: Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV conference to be held at the University of Salford, 21-22 May.

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Registration is still open for the two-day “I’ll See you in 25 years”: Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV conference to be held at the University of Salford, 21-22 May.

Registration details can be found here (deadline: 17 May):

Programme details for the conference can be found below.

Please also note that colleagues not attending the 2-day event can instead attend An Evening with Twin Peaks on Thursday evening, 21 May. The evening will comprise of:
· An airing of the recent BBC Radio 4 Twin Peaks documentary, followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s producer, Dave James, and its presenter, Danny Leigh (Film 2015).
· Dr Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López’s audio-visual essay: “Lynch/Bowie: Outside Twin Peaks”

Tickets for this evening event can be purchased here:

(Delegates for the 2-day conference are not required to buy these evening event tickets.)

Provisional Programme for 2-day conference

Thursday 21st of May

9.00-9.45: Registration and coffee MCUK Foyer

9.45-10.00: Welcome from Professor Karl Dayson Digital Performance Lab

10.00-11.20: First Keynote Digital Performance Lab
Professor David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University): “Twin Peaks’ Vision (‘as distinguished from a dream which is mere sorting and cataloging of the day’s events by the subconscious, . . . fresh and clear as a mountain stream—the mind revealing itself to itself’) and the Discovery of Television Creativity”

11.30-1.00: Plenary Panel Session 1 Digital Performance Lab

Twin Peaks Fandom and Fan Cultures
· Dr Lorna Jowett (University of Northampton): “Nightmare in Red: Twin Peaks Parody, Homage and Mash-up”
· Dr Katriina Heljakka (University of Turku): “Re-playing Twin Peaks: Toys, fans and photoplay in tributes to a cult series”
· Dr Matt Jacobsen (Queen Mary University of London): “My Super-Sweet Twin Peaks Party: Articulations of Fan Identity in the Television-themed House Party”

1.00-2.00: Lunch MCUK Foyer
Red Room Audiovisuals The Egg

2.00-3.30 Panel Sessions 2A and 2B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 2A: David Lynch and Television Auteurism Room 3.17
· Dr Stacy Abbot (University of Roehampton): “‘Doing Weird Things for the Sake of Being Weird’: Directing Twin Peaks”
· Andreas Halskov (Aarhus University / Copenhagen University): “Lynching TV: David Lynch and TV Auteurism”
· Dr Lindsay Hallam (University of East London): “‘Brilliant! …I have no idea what is going on’: Season 2, Episode 1 and the Television Auteur”

Panel 2B: Death, Symbolism and the Sublime Room 3.18
· Dr Maggie Scott (University of Salford): “The Names are Not What They Seem: Onomastics and the non-neutrality of language in Twin Peaks”
· Dr Linnie Blake (Manchester Metropolitan University): “Gothic Rapture in the Hysterical Sublime?: Twin Peaks and the Origins of Neoliberal Gothic TV”
· Felix Kirschbacher (University of Mannheim): “‘Where Pies Go When They Die’: Serialized Death in Twin Peaks”

3.30-4.00: Coffee break

4.00-5.00: Panels 3A and 3B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 3A: Intertextuality and Intermediality Room 3.17
· Dr Shaila García-Catalán (Universitat Jaume I) and Dr Iván Bort Gual (Centre d’Ensenyament Superior Alberta Giménez): “Twin Peaks, the Place Where it all Began: The heritage of Laura Palmer”
· Leticia Capanema (Sao Paulo Catholic University): “The transversal montage in Twin Peaks”

Panel 3B: Strategies of Representation Room 3.18
· Geoff Bil (University of British Columbia): “‘A sort of evil out there’: Indigenous Appropriation and Surrealist Representation, Twenty-Five Years Later”
· Travis Wagner (University of South Carolina): “‘Freedom! We Don’t Have to Go Anywhere’: Gender, Disability and Movement in David Lynch’s The Amputee and Twin Peaks”

5.00-6.45: Pie and Coffee Reception Love Conquers All

7.00-9.30: An Evening of Twin Peaks Digital Performance Lab
· BBC Radio documentary Q And A with Danny Leigh and Dave James Chair: Dr Kirsty Fairclough (7.00-8.00)
· Second Keynote: Dr Adrian Martin (Monash University) and Cristina Álvarez López (Independent Researcher): “Lynch/Bowie: Outside Twin Peaks” (8.00-9.30)

Friday 22nd of May

9.00-9.30: Coffee MCUK Foyer

9.30-11.00: Panel 4 Plenary Digital Performance Lab

Television Mise-en-scène and Space
· Professor Jennifer Gillan (Bentley University): “Creative Differences: Set Design, Creative Control, and Linear TV from David Lynch and Bryan Fuller”
· Dr Fran Pheasant-Kelly (University of Wolverhampton): “Subverted Spaces in Twin Peaks: From Body to Home”
· Dr Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University): “‘Wrapped in plastic’: David Lynch’s material girls”

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break MCUK Foyer

11.30-1.00: Panels 5A and 5B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 5A: Affect, Movement and Performance Room 3.17
· Dr Steven Peacock (University of Hertfordshire): “‘One day the sadness will end’: Crying in Twin Peaks”
· Dr Alanna Thain (McGill University): “Quirks and Quarks: Twin Peaks’ Dance Recitals”
· Teresa Forde (University of Derby): “Performing Genres in Twin Peaks”

Panel 5B: Psychoanalytic Readings of Twin Peaks Room 3.18
· Dr Allister Mactaggart (Chesterfield College): “Shattered Time: Television and the Traumatic Return to Twin Peaks”
· Dr Mirt Komel (University of Ljubljana): “‘Is It Happening Again?’: Twin Peaks and Repetition”
· Dr Ben Tyrer (Kings College London): “Modes of Extimacy: Inside the Outside in Twin Peaks”

1.00-2.00: Lunch MCUK Foyer
Red Room Audiovisuals The EGG

2.00-3.30: Panels 6A and 6B Rooms 3.17/3.18
Panel 6A: The Return of Twin Peaks Room 3.17
· Dr Ross Garner (Cardiff University): “Twin Peaks and the ‘dispersed’ Anniversary”
· Dr Mona Pedersen (Hedmark University College) and Dr Gry Cecilie Rustad (Hedmark University College): “Experiencing Twin Peaks: Addressing diversity in viewing 25 years of quality TV”
· Dr Rebecca Williams (University of South Wales): “The Resurrection of Twin Peaks: Fan Identity, Ontological Security and Authorship”

Panel 6B: Trans-Sensory Sonic Techniques Room 3.18
· Dr Michael Goddard (University of Salford): “Telephone, Voice Recorder, Phonograph: Towards a Media Archaeology of Sonic Technologies in Twin Peaks”
· Luke Harrison (University of Salford): “Sonic Mystery in Twin Peaks”
· Michelle Morris (University of Salford): “‘F**K the Average Viewer’: The ‘trans-sensory’ season two finale of Twin Peaks and its impact on post-network quality TV drama.”

3.40-4.10: Closing Plenary Remarks Rooms 3.17/3.18

4.10: End

Social Media and Feminism #SoMeFem event 6th March University of Salford at Media City UK

I was thrilled to be a keynote speaker at the Social Media and Feminism event organised by the British Psychological Society to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 6th at the University of Salford’s Media City campus. The day saw a wide range of inter-disciplinary talks from feminists from the fields of psychology, sociology and media studies. My paper looked at the concept of celebrity feminism and attempted to examine how this idea has gained ground via social media by focusing on the examples of celebrity feminists Beyonce and Emma Watson. It was a brilliant event that generated a huge amount of debate about how social media can both greatly assist and hinder the feminist cause. Looking forward to #SoMeFem 2016!B_Z2KOTWQAAx7zy.jpg-largeB_aeA38WYAARotu.jpg-largeB_airpLWcAAx_SC.jpg-large

Beyonce, Feminism and Pop Culture

More shameless self-promotion I’m afraid. I recently gave a lecture at KMH Royal College of Music Stockholm on Beyonce, Feminism and Pop Culture. My talk explored how Beyoncé embodies the tensions between the media and feminist, black feminist and post-feminist voices in popular culture. It examined Beyoncé’s music and imagery in popular culture and explored the now established debate regarding the ways in which famous women are routinely scrutinised in the popular media.


Beyoncé’s image has always been portrayed as both a denial and a symbol of mainstream feminism, through the discussion of her recent feminist standpoints, the image of her body, her alleged denial of their ethnicity through the choice of hairstyle, her marriage, her “fake” pregnancy and motherhood, and her status as a powerful businesswoman.

Beyoncé’s latest direct involvement in feminist issues, both through her latest album, Beyoncé (2013) and her written articles, making her image even more complicated and multifaceted.

It was so fascinating to hear such divided and passionate views from the audience on the notion of any female popular music artist espousing a feminist agenda. The talk is part of a larger book project on Beyoncé and celebrity feminism.

Call for Papers “I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV” A two-day international conference. School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK 21st- – 22nd May 2015

I’m excited to announce the Call for Papers for “I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV”

This event is a two-day international conference held at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK on the 21st- – 22nd May 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
• Professor David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University, USA)
• Cristina Alvarez (Barcelona based independent video artist)
• Dr Adrian Martin (Monash University, Australia)

Proposals are invited for a two-day international conference on the return of the popular cult television series Twin Peaks. The conference presents a timely reconsideration of the critically acclaimed programme with the announcement of its return to television after a twenty five year hiatus. In the meantime, cultures of television production, circulation and viewer practices have changed dramatically; the US cable sector in this period becoming the primary site for a model of auteur-driven, big-budget offbeat serial drama that Twin Peaks served as prototype for, with this trend underpinning Showtime’s recommissioning of this series of broadcast network origin. But alongside such transformation, the cultural prominence of this landmark programme has endured, as the considerable enthusiasm among critics and fans for the series’ return demonstrates.

This conference seeks to address the issue of Twin Peaks’ significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome proposals from scholars in the fields of cultural studies, television studies, film studies, visual arts, popular music studies, sound studies performance studies, digital and social media and related disciplines.

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Twin Peaks and fandom
Twin Peaks and generations of cult television
Music and sound design in Twin Peaks
Set design and visual style
The use and subversion of the crime and melodrama genres
Feminism and gender relations
Seriality in Twin Peaks and contemporary television
Camp performance styles in Twin Peaks
David Lynch and televisual auteurism
Twin Peaks and social media
Generations of quality television
Intertextuality between television, film and literature
Comic and melodramatic performance styles
Film and television convergence
Twin Peaks and the contemporary television industry

Deadline for abstracts: 31st January 2015

300 word abstracts plus a 100 word biography should be sent to the conference organisers:
Kirsty Fairclough
Michael Goddard
Anthony Smith

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.


University of Salford International Media Festival

This November the Salford International Media Festival at Media City provides a vibrant forum for media stakeholders to debate the current climate and play an influential role in shaping the future of the sector.

The Festival builds on the rich history of the Nations & Regions Media Conference, widened now to provide a platform for academic discourse and debate and an inspirational programme of activity to support next generation media talent.

Running from Monday 17 to Friday 21 November, the Festival features three distinct complementary events over five days, providing an accessible programme for a national and international audience with many opportunities to network.

I’ll be mostly at the academic conference which is opening the Festival – Challenging Media Landscapes explores the theme of Media Choice and Freedom.

The conference aims to undertake an exploration of a range of the main conceptual and practice based issues which have framed the academic analysis of ideas, practical expressions and critiques of freedom and choice in media environments over the course of at least the last decade.

The Conference presents the opportunity for the academic and research community, including industry professionals, civil society and governmental stakeholders, to debate the many salient and often controversial issues in the debate on media choice and freedom. A series of research panels will address the following themes:

Freedom, Choice and Privacy in Media Environments
Policy Choices and Freedom in Changing Media Environments
The Growth of Big Data and Media Freedom
Journalism, Media Freedom and Democracy
Articulations of, and Barriers to, Creativity, Freedom and Choice in Media Practices

Find out more here.

Nations and Regions Media Conference, Radio for the 21st Century – Hosted by Katie Thistleton and Darryl Morris

Intetain 2014: Comedy and interactive technologies


My next paper is at the Intetain 6th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment conference at Columbia College Chicago in July 2014.

The conference theme is distributed creativity – Creativity is a widely accepted concept loosely referred to as a resource or a capacity to bring about ideas and visions transformed into a body of work. Creativity encompasses making, playing, and designing meaningful opportunities such as interactive media systems and experiences. For INTETAIN 2014, researchers in science and engineering and creative practitioners come together to explore how shared media networks, shared production, and shared experiences may make use of a notion such as distributed creativity.

I’m speaking on stand up comedy performance and interactive technology via an analysis of Lost Voice Guy’s work. My paper will consider Lost Voice Guy’s live performance and his use of interactive voice technology as a tool to provide a mechanism through which he can perform live stand-up comedy illustrating that the technology has the ability to both allow individuals to transcend physical barriers and bring a new dimension to the form.

Create at Salford Festival


A free, family-friendly arts and media festival
Create at Salford 2014 is a showcase for the best creative work from the University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media students – with special input from our closest industry partners and friends.

The festival runs from 12-14 June at MediaCityUK and the programme features original theatre productions, music, comedy, immersive visual arts exhibitions, daring fashion shows, debut film screenings and creative workshops.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the festival on Saturday 14 June. You won’t need to book, entry is free and you can check out as many shows as you like.

To find out what we’ve got planned, view the festival programme, or search #CreateSalford on Twitter.