Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Ageing and Performance

Clore Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London
Date: Friday 9 December 2011

9.30am                Registration

10.15am              Introductions
                            Dr. Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London
                            Dr. Deborah Jermyn, Roehampton University

10.30-12.00         Panel 1: Celebrity, Ageing and Performance
                            Chair: Dr. James Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London
                            Ageing disgracefully: gendered recognition of age-inappropriate behaviour in    
                            celebrity war reporters
                            Dr. Tim Markham, Birkbeck, University of London
                            Imitations of Lives: Ageing, Celebrity and Performance in The Trip
                            Dr. Mike Allen and Dr. Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London
                            Auteur or Celebrity? Franco Zeffirelli
                            Prof. Mary Wood, Birkbeck, University of London

12.00-1.15           Lunch

1.15-3.15             Panel 2: Ageing and the Female Celebrity
                            Chair: Dr. Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London

                            Nothing Less Than Perfect: Female Celebrity, Ageing and Hyper- Scrutiny in
                            the Gossip Industry
                            Dr. Kirsty Fairclough, University of Salford
                            “Get Off Your Asses For These Old Broads!”: Elizabeth Taylor and Her Later  
                            Work in Television
                            Dr. Susan Smith, University of Sunderland
                            ‘Glorious, Glamorous and that Old Standby, Amorous’: Diane Keaton, Ageing
                            Female Stardom and Romantic Comedy
                            Dr. Deborah Jermyn, University of Roehampton
                            Nicole Kidman: Back to Nature
                            Prof. Pam Cook, University of Southampton 

3.00-3.45            Break

3.45-5.00            Keynote: Ageing Disgracefully: Brigitte Bardot at 75
                           Prof. Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College, University of London
                           Chair: Professor Laura Mulvey, Birkbeck, University of London

Closing Reception from 5.30 pm at the Keynes Library, Gordon Square.
The reception is free but spaces are limited. 
Reception and Event are booked separately - see Home page