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The University of Leicester’s Media and Gender research group requests the
pleasure of your company! - at the one-day symposium:



*‘Something old, something new: the wedding spectacle across contemporary
media cultures’*



*Friday, September 16th,  8.45am - 6pm, with a wine reception to follow*

*Bankfield House, 132 New Walk, University of Leicester, LE1 7JA*



*Keynote speakers: Brenda Weber (Indiana University Bloomington) and
Deborah Jermyn (University of Roehampton)*

*Discussant: Diane Negra (University College Dublin)*



*The event is hosted in association with CAMEo, the university's new
research institute for Cultural and Media Economies*



*Register here
<http://shop.le.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=7&catid=744&prodid=4909>*



At this symposium, a range of papers delivered by international and
UK-based scholars will seek to explore how the increasing visibility of the
wedding spectacle across media cultures can be understood in relation to
broader shifts and transformations in the politics of gender, sexuality,
class and race. Some of the questions that the symposium will seek to
address are: How have the international but deeply uneven shifts in
legislation around equal marriage resignified the gender politics of the
wedding? How are the changing ways in which ceremonies are photographed and
shared through social media networks remaking our understanding of the
wedding as a public/private event?  How are national, cultural and ethnic
identities negotiated, intensified or reworked through the wedding
spectacle? Does the increased visibility of the wedding-as-spectacle signal
a renewed attachment to traditional heteronormativity and patriarchal
practices? Or does the wedding spectacle open up new expressive
possibilities for contesting and resisting gender norms?



Registration costs £25, which includes lunch, refreshments and a wine
reception.



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