Pleasures of Violence

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Pleasures of Violence

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AB.115a, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus


Pleasures of Violence



Thursday, March 7

Location: HEADINGTON (GIPSY LANE): Room AB115a  (Abercrombie building)

9:30am - Registration/Coffee, Tea & Biscuits

9:50am - Welcome/Introductory Remarks

Dr Lindsay Steenberg and Dr Diego Semerene
Dr Larry Lynch


10-11:30am -  Getting Off or Getting Even

Chair: Dr Paolo Russo

From Grift to Mass Murder: Incel Violence and the Failure of Neoliberalism’s Confidence Games, Prof. Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics, UK) and Jack Z. Bratich (Rutgers University, USA)

Castrating the Woman: Misogyny on Reddit, Dr. Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster, UK)

Scums, Dominas and Suckers, Dr. Nathalie Lugan (Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Cité, France)


11:45am-12:45pm - Colonial Disturbances

Chair: Dr James Cateridge

Colonial Legacies in Media’s Image: Case Studies in British and French Empires, Julia Tinneny (Bard College, USA)

(Post)colonial and (Post)Digital Violence on the University Campus, Simon Ridley (Université de Paris Nanterre, France)

Lunch 12:45-1:45pm

1:45-3:15pm - Technologies of Terror

Chair: Dr Antonia Mackay

Terrorism in the Net: A Comparison of Confessional Videos of Islamic Terrorist Organizations, Prof. Dr. Ralf Spiller, Marco Inderhees, Dan Stoschek, (University of Applied Sciences, Köln, Germany)

Moral Violence and the Pleasure of Being Right, Leticia Matheus (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Putting Women Back in their Place: Reflections around sexist hate speech and slut shaming on Italian social media, Elisa Giomi (Roma Tre University), Francesca Dragotto, (University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata’) and Sonia Melchiorre (University of Tuscia, Italy)



3:30-4:30pm -  Violently Happy: Fetish, Fantasy & Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

Chair: Dr Diego Semerene

Viral violence: meanings of HIV in the bugchasing groups online, Jaime García-Iglesias (University of Manchester, UK)

Pornography: Debate on Violence and Domination, Raquel Pereira (University of Minho, Portugal)


4:45-6:15pm: CLC.1.12

Tentacles, Demons, and Rape: The Allure of Extremity in Animated Pornography

Prof. Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku, Finland)

Chair: Dr Diego Semerene

Conference Dinner


Day 2

Friday, March 8

Location: HEADINGTON (GIPSY LANE): Room AB115a  (Abercrombie building)


9:45-11:15 - Risking Resistance

Chair: John Twycross

The perceived benefits and risks to the well-being of women who publicly exposed sexual victimization on social media: the day after the #MeToo, Dr Keren Gueta (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

“#Nofem, #Nofat, #Noblack, #Noasian” Hashtags on Grindr and Preferences as a Form of Violence, Ali Atakay (University of Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis, France)

The Affective Dynamics of Online Shaming and Liberal Moral Outrage, Orsolya Bajusz (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)


11:30-12:30 - Televisual Violence

Chair: Lindsay Steenberg

Death becomes her? Post-mortem dressage in the roles of forensic pathologists, Samantha Ryan and Nikki Alexander in British television crime series ‘Silent Witness’, Rachel Velody (University of Bristol, UK)


‘Man of any size lays hands on me, he’s gonna bleed out in under a minute’.

The politics of representation of gendered violence in contemporary TV crime series,

Elisa Giomi (Roma Tre University, Italy)

12:30-1:30pm - Lunch

1:30-2:30pm - Cinematic Violence

Chair: Daniela Treveri Gennari

Studying Hollywood Neocolonial Violence through the Orientalist Discourse, Abderrahmene Karim Bourenane (Le Mans University, France)

Toward the antihero theory: Rendering violence and transgressivity in popular fiction as justified and enjoyable, Dr. Igor Prusa (Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic)


2:45-3:45pm - Video Violence

Chair: Maya Nedyalkova

‘Kiss me with your fist, it’s alright’: Deconstructing the Pleasures of Martial Arts Violence (Prof. Paul Bowman, Cardiff University, UK)

Representation of violence in M.I.A.´s music video Born Free (Dr. Anna Arnman, Malmö University, Sweden)


4-5:30pm: JHB308 Kennedy Room