Academia Goes Burlesque:
on the Queer Impact of the, Popular and Sexual Culture, Berlin May 15-16, 2024


Day I, May 15



1 p.m.

Welcome and introduction and research project presentation

Joanna Staśkiewicz (University Potsdam): Erotic of Scholarship

Jacki Willson (University Leeds): Academic Keynote: A Holey Maternity Bra, Threadbare Slippers and Three Fabulous Wigs: Burlesque Costume as Transformative Threshold

Betty Q (Warsaw): Burlesque Keynote: Undress about it


Panel 2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Agata Łuksza (University Warsaw):  Burlesque, or an Alternative History of Emancipation

Geraldine Spiekermann (University Potsdam): The Beauty, the Beast and the Burlesque

Sabina Drąg (independent scholar and circus performer): Personae turpis - tribute to female* fools

Katharina Rein (University Potsdam): Floating, Vanishing, and Being Dismembered. Women's Bodies in Stage Magic


4.30 p.m. – 4.45 p.m. Tea time/Coffee break


4.45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Bridge Markland: king-ing the drag/lecture

Fun and unacademic artist talk about life and work with performance excerpts.


5.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. break


6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Burlesque-Show Berlin, New Orleans, and Warsaw and panel discussion with performers

Betty Q (Warsaw), Evilyn Frantic (Berlin), Harpy Queen (Lublin) Lola Noir (Warsaw), Lolita Va Voom (Berlin), Madame Méduse (Warsaw), Qween Quan (New Orleans), Tsarina Hellfire (New Orleans)



Day 2, May 16



 Panel 11 a.m. – 1:00p.m. Queerness, art, film, photography

Katharina Wiedlack (University Vienna): Royal Pink – Royal Punk: Burlesque Body Politics in Riot Grrrl and Queercore

Konrad Sierzputowski (Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin): Boop-Oop-a-Doop: Anticipation, Burlesque and Cartoons

Aneta Panek (artist and scholar, Berlin): Travesty: buffoonery, play, and joke. Masculin Féminin, alchemical androgynies and the crucial meaning of travesty and changing identities in punk. Travesty as a strategy of exposure and rebellion. Identities of resistance. Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Jayne County, Divine, Zazie de Paris, and Romy Haag.

Julia Gaes (Photo Project Wigs and Gloves)


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch


2:00p.m. – 5.45 p.m.

Film Panel and discussion:

Documentary I

Fabulous Femininities

50:25 Minutes

Directed: Jonothon Lees, produced: Jacki Willson (University Leeds), UK, 2023


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., coffee break


3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Documentary II

Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival

1 hour 55 minutes

Directed: Red  Vaughan Tremmel, USA, 2012


5:15p.m. – 5:45p.m.

Discussion with Jacki Willson and Red Tremmel, moderation Konrad Sierzputowski (scholar (film, queer studies) and playwright


5:45p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Final discussion and end of symposium