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Something Old, Something New: The Wedding Spectacle across Contemporary Media Cultures

The University of Leicester’s Media and Gender research group and CAMEo are co-hosting a one-day symposium on Friday 16 September 2016 on the rise of ‘wedding spectacle’ in media culture.

Despite the ravages of the financial crisis, the ensuing era of austerity, and a continuing historic decline in marriage rates, what Chrys Ingraham has called the ‘wedding-industrial complex’ appears to have emphatically bucked the trend and continues to grow at an exponential rate. At the same time, whilst the wedding spectacle is increasingly prevalent across television and film, the cultural terrain upon which weddings are performed is also shifting through the proliferation of new media technologies, changing photography practices, ‘selfie’ culture, and the intensifying cultural imperatives towards self-stylisation.

The symposium invites papers which address the emergence of the wedding spectacle across all forms of media, or which relate to any of the following themes:

  • questions of patriarchy, postfeminism and ‘re-traditionalization’
  • spectacles of ‘equal’ marriage: weddings, queerness and heteronormativity
  • the class politics of the wedding spectacle
  • weddings as spectacles of multiculturalism
  • weddings, women’s labour and cultural value
  • the political economy of wedding media

Keynote speakers: Brenda Weber (Indiana University Bloomington) and Deborah Jermyn (University of Roehampton). Discussant: Diane Negra (University College Dublin)

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