Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon

Salford, Manchester, UK / ONLINE, 25. September 2020.

Registration is now available for Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon via

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium (free and online) hosted by the University of Salford and the School of Digital Arts (SODA), Manchester Metropolitan University.

25th September 2020, 12 noon (UK)

Convened by Dr Danny Cookney (Salford) and Dr Kirsty Fairclough (SODA)



12.15- 1.30pm

Panel 1: Online

Carolina Are - School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University, London, UK
The Law of Meta-Shade in Crossover Facebook Group Fire WERK With Me

Dr Daithí McMahon - Senior Lecturer in Media Production, University of Derby, UK & Aisling O’Connor - Pop Culture Writer, Playwright and Independent Academic, UK

Hashtags & Handles - RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Evergreen International Audience

Florian Zitzelsberger - Universität Passau, Germany
Anus-Thing Is Possible on the Internet: YouTube as Heterotopic Paratext of Drag Race



Panel 2: Trans/Realness

Yvonne Festl - Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Realness vs. Glitter: Analysing the Drag Makeover Challenge of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

Karla Biuković - University of Zadar, Croatia & Emilia Musap - University of Zadar, Croatia
(In)Visibility or Recognition? Transgender Representation in RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-) and Ryan Murphy’s Pose (2018-)

Leung Wing Fai - Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College, London, UK
Being very bad is fierce: contesting an authentic trans performance tradition in RPDR



Panel 3: Nationality/Ethnicity

Hannah Andrews - Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK.
Doing Maggie: Localizing the Snatch Game in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Danny Cookney - University of Salford, UK
Start Your Injuns: ‘Redface’ and RuPaul’s Drag Race

Emily Miller - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, US
Homonationalism and Drag Race’s Queer Culture



Panel 4: Histories

Allison Parker - Pasadena City College, Pasadena, US & Iliana Rocha - University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, US
RuPaul’s Female Trouble: Minstrelsy, Misogyny, and the New, Popular World of Drag

Peter Piatowski - Roosevelt University, Chicago, US
How RuPaul’s Drag Race Tells the Story of Queer Pop Culture Through the Snatch Game

Stephane Azarian - Doctoral Researcher at Roehampton University, UK.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: the queer herstory classroom?

Caroline Bayliss-Green - University of Sussex, UK.
Conflicts Between Popular Culture and Subcultural Aspects in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK



Panel 5- Diversification

Sammy Holden - The University of Manchester, UK
You Own Everything? - Production contexts of RuPaul's Drag Race

Kaila Tova Prins - Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, US
Queer Art of...Winning? A Close “Reading” of Dragula and the Alternative Drag Pageant

Matthew Beetar - Research Associate, University of Sussex, UK & Gaspard Pelurson - School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Beckett University, UK
“Hello Uglies!”: Grotesque, Failure and Queer Politics in Dragula and RPDR



In Conversation



Closing remarks.