Critical Events Studies & Politics of Gender Symposium

Queen Margaret University School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management 

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University 


This symposium explores the politics of gender as it relates to researching the events environment. It draws on international, interdisciplinary research being conducted in the fields of media and communications, cultural and creative industries, and social justice and gender identity. Overall, this panel has the potential to further critical conversations about social and cultural policy, as it explores the gender consequences of so-called special events in the international arena.


Thursday, 7th September, 14:00-16:00

Post-graduate and early career research mentoring symposium: ‘Feminist approaches to critical events studies’
led by Prof. Kate Sang (Heriot Watt University)

Friday, 8th September

9-10:30 : Registration
10:30-11 : Welcome
11-12 : Keynote
12-1 : Networking lunch: Research links to policy and practice
1-3 : Research Presentations
3-3:30 : Break
3:30-4:30 : Panel discussion
4:30 – Summation and thank you

Keynote speaker – Dr Beccy Watson, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Beccy Watson’s research focuses on interrelationships between gender, race, and class and informs work on identities, changing cities, and intersectional approaches in the critical social analysis of events, leisure, and sport.

Research Presentations

Superwomen in the Court of Arbitration for Sport: Critical Moments in the Institutional Reproduction of Gender and Sex – Madeleine Pape, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gendering Cities of Culture: The Production of Cultures of Equality through the cultural Programme of culture-led Mega Events – Barbara Grabher, GRACE Project: Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe (European Commission Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Funding Framework), University of Hull

“On me bed, son”:(Re)presentations of femininity in the English Press during Euro 2016
Roger Domeneghetti, Northumbria University

Defending Heteronormativity through Creative Destruction: Zika, the 2016 Olympic Games, and Discourses of Contagion – Amanda De Lisio and Caroline Fusco, University of Toronto, Canada

Constructions and Commodification of Heteronormative Masculinity: The Ethical Challenges of Contemporary Rodeos – Rebecca Finkel, School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management, Queen Margaret University

Panel discussion focuses on intersectional approaches to critical events research and future agendas for furthering scholarship in this emerging field.

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