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(Pilot) Consent and Love Spells in Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In this episode, Mia and Scott turn to Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to understand consent in science fiction and fantasy universes. How do love spells, potions, and other mystical compulsions impact sexual consent?

 

CW: Rape and sexual abuse.

SEASON 1
101 Fridging in Star Wars, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Batman: The Killing Joke

In this episode, Mia and Scott look at how the deaths of women in Star Wars, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Batman: The Killing Joke play into broader trends of female characters dying for male character progression. When are these deaths powerful and justified, and when are they harmful and unnecessary? And do male characters get the same treatment?

 

CW: Rape and sexual abuse.

102 Orientalism and Biracial Identity in Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (with Dr Tim Steains)

In this episode, Mia and Scott are joined by special guest Dr Tim Steains! We look at how Orientalism and Techno-Orientalism can be read in Lord of the Rings and Star trek, and examine the complexities of mixed-race characters in sci fi and fantasy.

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

 
103 Discipline and Punishment in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones

In this episode, Scott and Mia channel their love of Foucault's Discipline and Punish to explore the worlds of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Join us for discussion on how surveillance, torture, and shame... shame... shame create obedient subjects!

 

CW: Abuse, rape, torture.

104 Why is Gaston a villain, but Ross and Ted "Nice Guys"?

In this episode, Scott and Mia look at the traits that make Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (1991 and 2017) such a pertinent example of toxic masculinity, and compare them to Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother and Ross Geller from Friends. Are these three men really so different?

105 Sexual Fluidity in Torchwood and Game of Thrones

In this episode, Mia and Scott explore bisexuality and sexual fluidity in the Doctor Who spinoff series, Torchwood, and HBO's Game of Thrones. 

 

CW: Rape.

106 Points of Exit in Game of Thrones

In this special episode of Trope Watchers, we celebrate Scott finally finishing season 7 of Game of Thrones by dedicating our entire episode to the worlds of Westeros and Essos. Join Scott and Mia as we explore power relationships in Game of Thrones and see if the show offers genuine points of exit from the current status quo.

107 Blind "Supercrips"in Rogue One, Angel, and Daredevil

In this episode, Mia and Scott look at the trope of the "Supercrip" – a character with incredible, supernatural abilities because or in spite of their disability – in Star Wars Rogue One, Joss Whedon's Angel, and Marvel's Daredevil. In particular, we look at how blindness is used both thematically and literally in media, and whether this kind of portrayal can be counted as inclusive disability representation. 

109 From Firewatch to Dark Souls – Challenging Notions of Accessibility in Gaming (with Nyssa Harkness)

In this episode, Mia and Scott are joined by special guest Nyssa Harkness to chat about accessiblity in video games. Are "accessible" games necessarily "easy" games? Who is accessiblity for? Who is the "human" in "human-centred design"? Join us to find out!

 

You can find Nyssa on academia.edu and Twitter.

 
110 Celebrity Roundup 2017 (with Kate Lonie)

As we enter 2018, it's time to look back on the past year. We are joined by a special guest – PhD candidate, researcher, and lecturer Kate Lonie – to look at 5 key celebrity themes of 2017. What is the cultural (and academic) value in following the Kardashians, the Royals, and Taylor Swift? Join us to find out!

You can find Kate on LinkedIn. Her celebrity consumption recommendations are Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud and Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style.

 

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