As an early celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March), this interactive professorial lecture looks at the relationship between gender, law and popular culture.
Professor Anja Louis will draw on her research and lived experience. She will explore how much power law and culture have in terms of women, and what we can learn from it.
But how can this knowledge transform our lives? Will a film turn us into activists? Will a fictional role model help us find our own form of success? Does reading books make you a better person? Do we learn something when watching television and if so, are we aware and critical of it?
During the lecture, Anja will explore common themes in law and popular culture from early 20th-century feminist writings to 21st-century film and television. She will look at so-called ‘difficult’ and ‘ditsy’ women, pretty professionals and action heroines.
Anja will also discuss female writers, female genres, feminist issues, feminist humour, and female footballers. Come and join Anja to celebrate women!
Anja's Bio Anja Louis is Professor of Transnational Popular Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, where she is REF coordinator and member of various research leadership teams. She has published widely in the fields of gender studies and popular culture. Her monograph Women and the Law: Carmen de Burgos, an Early Feminist is a seminal study on the Spanish feminist Carmen de Burgos. Recent research projects examine the representation of female lawyers and law enforcement officers in Spanish film and television. She is currently working on a monograph on ‘Femininity and Feminism in Spanish TV drama’ and is co-editing a book on ‘Gender and TV in Iberia and Latin America’.