Staff, students, and guests from the University of Southampton and surrounding areas joined us for Halloween festivities last week, as we celebrated the publications of the suitably spooky Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture (by Megen de Bruin-Molé) and Fashion Crimes: Dressing for Deviance (ed. Jo Turney).
The launch event was sponsored by the MA in Global Media Management, and was attended by a number of students from the 2019-2020 cohort. Following on from GMM’s ‘Research Cultures and Practices’ talks (10 October 2019), the joint book launch of Dr Jo Turney’s edited collection and Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé’s monograph afforded GMM PGTs the opportunity to learn more about academic research and production cultures. The event started at 5pm with a drinks reception, where GMM students had the chance to network with experts in the fields of global media, fashion, craft, and remix culture.
Following the reception, speakers took turns discussing their books, and introducing listeners to the academic publication processes involved in their production.
In Fashion Crimes: Dressing for Deviance, leading scholars propose new ways of seeing everyday dress and the body in public space. Garments and individual or group wearers are used as case studies to explore the codification of clothing as criminal – hoodies, trench-coats, Norwegian Lustkoffe sweaters, low-slung trousers and Hip Hop styling are all untangled as garments with criminal significance. The book questions the point at which morality as a form of social control meets criminality, and suggests ways to renegotiate established dress codes and terms such as ‘suitability’ and ‘glamour’ through the study of what people wear in response to notions of criminality.
Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture explores the boundaries and connections between contemporary remix and related modes, including adaptation, parody, the Gothic, Romanticism, and postmodernism. Megen de Bruin-Molé argues that popular remix creations are the ‘monsters’ of our age, lurking at the limits of responsible consumption and acceptable appropriation. Taking a multimedia approach, case studies range from novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, to television programmes such as Penny Dreadful, to popular visual artworks like Kevin J. Weir’s Flux Machine GIFs.
The launch was also supported by WSA’s ‘Transforming Creativity’ and ‘Intersectionalities’ research groups. More images from the talks and reception can be viewed below, courtesy of Dr Estrella Sendra: