Programme

Wednesday, 8 June - Online

16.45 BST: Welcome and opening panel (zoom links to follow)

17.00 - 18.30: Panel 1: Action heroines in Asian film and television

  • Alicja Bemben (University of Silesia) – Sisters in Arms, or How Collectivity Facilitates an Individual’s Agency
  • Gauri Durga Chakraborty (Bennett University) – Lady Gangsters in Bollywood: Locating Action and ‘Angry Young Women’ in Rural India
  • Liao Zhang and Jiyoung Kim (University of Nottingham) – Ajumma in Arms: The Rejuvenation of Aging Women in Contemporary South-Korean Action-Comedy Films
  • Yongde (Dennis) Dai (University of Macau) – Modern Mulan Tales: Iron Girls from Socialist Revolutionary Cinema to Main Melody Military Action Blockbusters
Thursday, 9 June - Bournemouth town centre

19.00 - 23.00: Pre-conference dinner

Friday, 10 June  - Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

09.30 - 09.45:  Registration and coffee

09.45 - 10.00: Welcome

10.00 - 11.15: Panel 2 - Femininity and feminism: from Charlie’s Angels to Women at War

  • Lavinia Brydon (University of Kent) – Activist Heroines: The Eco-Warrior and her Sister
  • Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary University, London) – ‘Once Upon a Time, There Were Three Little Girls’: The Enduring Attractions of Charlie’s Angels
  • Aviva Dove-Viebahn (Arizona State University) – Exploring the Second Closet: Feminine Power and Knowledge in Charlie’s Angels (2019)

11.15 - 11.30: Coffee

11.30 - 12.30: Keynote

  • Professor Yvonne Tasker (University of Leeds) - Women in Action Partnerships: Problems of Genre

12.30 - 13.45: Panel 3 - Gender politics and cinematic superheroines

  • Christopher Holliday (King’s College, London) – Hollywood Cinema’s Nasty Women
  • Laura Crossley (Bournemouth University) – ‘I Know My Value’: Feminism, Femininity and Transgression in Marvel’s Agent Carter
  • Miriam Kent (University of Leeds) – ‘I’m Not The Killer That Little Girls Call Their Hero’: Action Femininities in Marvel Studio’s Black Widow

12.30 - 13.45: Panel 4 - Action heroines taking over the small screen

  • Mareike Jenner (Anglia-Ruskin University) – Recycling Action Heroes: The ‘Gender Swap’ in Contemporary Action TV Re-Boots
  • Mathieu Arbogast (CEMS & Cresppa-GTM) – Armed and Dangerous: Police Women in TV Series, A New Equality of Arms
  • Frances Gateward (Howard University) – ‘Isn’t That the Whole Idea of Starfleet?’: Star Trek Discovery as Female-Driven Science Fiction

13.45 - 14.30: Lunch

14.30 - 16.00: Panel 5 - Violence and agency in action narratives

  • Helena Bassil-Morozow (Glasgow Caledonian University) – Harley Quinn, the Female Trickster: Emancipated or Stereotyped?
  • Marianne Kac-Vergne (University of Picardie Jules Verne) – Sisters in Arms in Terminator: Dark Fate
  • Rebecca Wright (Cardiff University) – Violence and Collective Agency in Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator: Dark Fate and Birds of Prey
  • Emma Payne (Cardiff University) – ‘Am I Your Bitch Now?’: The Sound of Subversive Fighting in Atomic Blonde

16.00 - 16.15: Coffee

16.15 - 17.45: Panel 6 - Race, sexuality and the evolving action heroine

  • Deborah Jermyn (University of Roehampton) – ‘I’ve Been Here Before, Over and Over Again…and I’m Just Tired of it’: Advancing the Action Genre/Heroine in The Old Guard
  • Jenny Alexander (Bournemouth University) – ‘Nubian Queen Rise’: The Black Queer Action Heroine, Sisterhood and the Closet
  • Esmé Fransen (Stockholm University) – Be Gay, Do Crime? The Construction of Ocean’s 8 as a Lesbian Heist Movie

17.45: Plenary

18.15: Drinks reception and close.