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Disability in Game of Thrones (a lecture excerpt from The University of Sydney)

Disability in Game of Thrones (a lecture excerpt from The University of Sydney)

April 3, 2020

This video is an excerpt from a lecture in Introduction to Gender Studies delivered by Mia Harrison at the University of Sydney on May 16, 2019. The topic for this week was "Bodily Norms" and covered a broader discussion of disability and fat politics and scholarship.

This excerpt only covers the portion of the lecture addressing disability in Game of Thrones, so there are some moments referring back to ideas addressed earlier in the lecture. All student contributions have also been cut out.

To view a video version of the lecture with slides, you can watch the video on Youtube.

Sydney’s Drag King Scene and Chemsex Between Men (with Dr Kerryn Drysdale)

Sydney’s Drag King Scene and Chemsex Between Men (with Dr Kerryn Drysdale)

December 17, 2019

We are joined by Dr Kerryn Drysdale to discuss her book, Intimate Investments in Drag King Cultures: The Rise and Fall of a Lesbian Social Scene. We also chat about her work on the 'Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men' project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and WA Health.

You can find Kerryn on Twitter.
Also check out the Crystal Clear podcast.

CW: Both this episode of Trope Watchers and the Crystal Clear podcast discuss topics such as drug use and sex.

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Interventionism and Burnham’s Three Mummies in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (with Dr Tim Steains)

Interventionism and Burnham’s Three Mummies in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (with Dr Tim Steains)

October 17, 2019

Today we welcome back Dr Tim Steains to chat about Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. We consider Starfleet's sketchy record with interventionism, Section 31 as a problematic foil for Starfleet, and Burnham's trans-racial parentage

You can find more of Tim's work on academia.edu!

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Zombies, Pop Culture, and Pedagogy (with Dr Arnold T Blumberg)

Zombies, Pop Culture, and Pedagogy (with Dr Arnold T Blumberg)

September 2, 2019

To kick off season 3 we are joined by zombie expert Dr Arnold T. Blumberg to chat zombies and their value as a pedagogical tool. We discuss Arnold's book, JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEAD: A Tribute to Fifty Years of Flesh Eaters, as well as the value of media literacy in education and culture.

You can find Arnold on Twitter.

Check out ATB Publishing for a range of publications exploring pop culture, including JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEAD.

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Teen Sexuality and Fan Attachments Towards Twilight and Harry Styles (with Dr Grace Sharkey)

Teen Sexuality and Fan Attachments Towards Twilight and Harry Styles (with Dr Grace Sharkey)

August 8, 2018

For our season 2 finale we are joined by Dr Grace Sharkey, an academic in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In today’s episode we will be talking about young girls and their attachments to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and pop icon Harry Styles, with a particular focus on representations of sex and sexuality.

You can find Grace on Twitter.

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Looking for Femmes in The L Word, How to Get Away with Murder, and Carol (with Katherine Giunta)

Looking for Femmes in The L Word, How to Get Away with Murder, and Carol (with Katherine Giunta)

July 11, 2018

Today we are joined by Katherine Giunta, a PhD candidate with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney. In this episode we look at representations of femmes, femininity, and queerness in The L Word, How to Get Away With Murder, and Carol.

Autostraddle article: 30 Days of Carol: Day 6 – Carol Looks Ranked by the Degree to Which They Mark Therese as a Snack

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Attachments in Sporting Communities (with Nick Fogarty)

Attachments in Sporting Communities (with Nick Fogarty)

June 27, 2018

We are joined by Nick Fogarty to hear about his research into cycling in Sydney, and to discuss sporting communities and the various attachments felt by its members – both participating athletes and otherwise.

You can find Nick on Twitter.

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Indie Music Scenes in Sydney and Bangladesh (with Shams Bin Quader)

Indie Music Scenes in Sydney and Bangladesh (with Shams Bin Quader)

May 30, 2018

We are joined by Shams Bin Quader to hear about his research into the politics of “independence” experienced by local independent musicians of inner-city and inner-west Sydney, and the Dhaka underground scene in Bangladesh.

You can find more of Shams's work on ResearchGate and Academia.edu, and can follow him on Twitter.

You can also watch Bohemian's music video for "Meghla Din" here.

 

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Star Trek: Discovery (with Dr Tim Steains)

Star Trek: Discovery (with Dr Tim Steains)

May 16, 2018

Today we welcome back Dr Tim Steains to chat about Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery. We consider world building, racial politics, and the potential of speculative fiction.

You can find more of Tim's work on academia.edu!

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

Military Leadership Tropes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica (with Sertan Saral)

Military Leadership Tropes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica (with Sertan Saral)

May 2, 2018

Today we are joined by Sertan Saral, a PhD candidate with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In this episode we look at the tropes of the 'Ace Pilot,' 'Military Leader,' and 'Ideological Leader' in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica, and in particular how these tropes intersect with gender.

You can find Sertan on Twitter.

You can support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tropewatchers.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, check out our podcast "A Clash of Critics" for deep critical analysis of George R. R. Martin's epic series: tropewatchers.com/aclashofcritics 

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