This page details past conference papers, talks and keynotes. More information about the papers I have delivered can be found on: https://bcu.academia.edu/GemmaCommane
Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities: 4th Summer School at Durham University. Plenary lecture, July 2016. Title of plenary: Against Erasure: reflections on researcher positionality, sexuality and stigma in ethnographic research.
University of Turku: Media History Archives, March 2015.
University of Turku: The International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) Debate (https://iipcblog.wordpress.com/), March 2015.
Office for National Statistics: Annual Conference, January 2015. Title of paper: ‘The Value of Ethnography in Re-presenting Agency, Voice and Complexity when Researching Sexed-Spaces.’
‘RubberDoll: The Queer Art of Failure and the Significance of Sexual Otherness,’ AAG March 2016, San Francisco.
‘Experiment and encounter in the post-crisis city: young people’s everyday use of three public spaces in Birmingham, UK.’ New Hamdsworth, BCU, October 2015
Sit on my Face! Women, Pleasure and Creative Protest in the City.’ Policy and Politics Annual Conference, University of Bristol, September 2015
‘Experiment and encounter in the post-crisis city: young people’s everyday use of three public spaces in Birmingham, UK,’ Dr Gemma Commane, Ajmal Hussain and Professor Helen Higson OBE. Malmo, June 2015
‘Going for Gold, Flushed! An autobiographical account of burlesquing bulimia,’ co-authored with Liselle Terett. Feminist Futures: Critical Engagement with the Fourth Wave, June 2015.
‘Going for Gold, Flushed! An autobiographical account of burlesquing bulimia,’ co-authored with Liselle Terett. C-Dare (Centre for dance research) Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^object: dialogues across and between dance and art, May 2015.
‘Geographies of acceptance: a story of a researcher’s positionality and self-identity in kinky-queer spaces.’ Researching Sexed Spaces: (Re)Imagining the Researcher and (Re)Discovering the ‘Other’ in Understanding Experiences of Exclusion at the Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference, August 2014.
‘Instagram and Auschwitz: a critical assessment of the impact social media has on Holocaust representation.’ Cultures of Commemoration Conference, University of Portsmouth, July 2014. Co-authored paper with Bex Potton (3rd year Undergraduate student).
‘Emotional discourses: an ethnographic account of an explicit fantasy stage performance and its impact on a female researcher’s field subjectivity.’ Subjectivity and Subculture, University of Warwick, June 2013.
‘Body Modification and the Female Body, conference March 2013, University of York: ‘Brawn this way: readdressing Jodie Marsh and her body through tattoos, taboo and bodybuilding.’
‘Reading and feeling emotion: the personal and emotional impact of feelings in ethnographic research.’ Advanced Ethnographies of Young People, Crime and Deviance: A Workshop for Postgraduate Students, University of Kent, 2012.
‘Alternative women and normative practices: the continual regulation of femininity through mainstream sexual address and the application of second rate theories undermining the potentiality of the second sex. ‘Youth, Gender and Sexuality: Contemporary Debates Conference, 2012
‘(Un)dressing Power: ‘Chicks with Dicks’ or ‘New Femininities?’ The Issues of Re-Presenting Agency through Explicitness, Doing it Like a Dude and Raunch Culture.’ Sexualisation of Culture Conference, London, 2011.
‘Second rate theories for the second sex? Subcultural assertiveness or mainstreaming power: the continuing issues facing women within pathology, dirt and deviancy theory.’ Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change Conference, London 2011.
‘Issues in Researching Subculture and Sexualised Spaces: Re-Presenting Women’s Lives in Context and Preserving Agency Through a ‘Refined Ethnography.’ Rethinking Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media Conference, Institute Of Education, London 2011.
‘Burlesque Striptease: The Struggle for Ownership, Agency and Integrity through the Devaluation of Other Women’s Bodies.’ 18th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference: ‘Revolting: Bodies, Policies and Genders,’ 11th – 12th February 2011 at University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Research Hub in conjunction with Women’s Studies Centre, University College Dublin, 2011.
‘Femininities in Burlesque, Fetish and BDSM: Refining Ethnography and Preserving Contexts.’ BSA Youth Study Group, London 2011.
‘Ethics and Ethnography: Thoughts and Experiences.’ Supervisors Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010. Written jointly with Professor Shane Blackman
‘Ethics and Ethnography: Approaching the Field, Negotiating Friendships and Accommodating Life.’ The Adventure of Research Postgraduate Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010.
‘The Good, The Bad and The Pervy: The Limits of Female Sexual Expression in Taboo.’ Angels and Daemons Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010.
‘Perverse, Mutilated and Transformative Bodies: Ethnography and the Importance of ‘Illegitimate’ Knowledge’s. Why Research Matters Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2009.
‘Bad Girls and Dirty Bodies: Performative Histories and Transformative Styles.’ Postgraduate Work In Progress Seminar, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2009.
‘Bad Girls and Dirty Bodies: Performative Histories and Transformative Styles.’ First International Queering Paradigms Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2009.
‘Beyond Neo-Burlesque and the ‘Mainstream:’ Empress Stah and the Subversion of Tease.’ Departmental Seminar Series, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2008.