July 2016         ‘Diana Dors in the 1970s: Surviving the Cultural Devaluation of the Sex Symbol,’ London Film & Media Conference, Friends’ House Conference Centre, London.

June 2016        ‘Diana Dors: Glamorously Real,’ Celebrity Studies Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

May 2016        ‘Insubstantial?: John Barrymore in Beau Brummel (1924),’ Surface and Substance: Researching Male Stardom symposium, St. Andrew’s University, Scotland.

April 2015       ‘John Barrymore in The Sea Beast (1926),’ BAFTSS Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.

June 2014        ‘Big in the Twenties: The Forgotten Stars of Warner Bros.’, Celebrity Studies Conference, Royal Holloway, London.

April 2014       ‘Who Put the Sexual Ambiguity into Old Acquaintance (Vincent Sherman, 1943)? BAFTSS Annual Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Nov 2013        ‘Diana Dors in Hollywood,’ Exploring British Film and Television Stardom, Queen Mary, University of London.

Sept 2013        ‘Exploiting Invisibility: Contemporary BBC Radio Drama,’ ECREA Radio Research Conference, University of Sunderland, London Campus.

Dec 2012         ‘Diana Dors: Actor/Star/Celebrity,’ Celebrity Studies Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dec 2012         ‘The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Michael Curtiz, 1939): An American Mirror for Elizabethan England,’ Screen/History/

Memory, Film History Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

June 2012        ‘Unstable Symbols: On the representativeness of film stars,’ Film & Media 2012 Conference, Institute of Education, London.

May 2012        ‘Bette Davis: Acting her Age,’ Acting Their Age: Women, Ageing & Popular Cinema, Newcastle University, Newcastle.

March 2012     ‘Ruth Chatterton: Star Actor at Warner Bros. in the Early 1930s,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Boston, USA.

Sept 2011        ‘Janis Wilson: Hollywood Juvenile,’ Child Actors/Child Stars: Juvenile Performance on Screen, University of Sunderland

June 2011        ‘Unstable Symbols: On the representativeness of film stars,’ NERFS Conference, University of Sunderland.

Sept 2010        ‘Rich Voices in Talky Talkies: The Rich Are Always with Us (Warner Bros., 1932),’ Sounding Out 5, Bournemouth University.

March 2010     ‘Making an Entrance: Bette Davis’s first appearance in Jezebel (1938),’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Los Angeles, USA.

July 2008         ‘Bette Davis’ Embodied Voice in All About Eve,’ Screen Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

March 2008     ‘Bette Davis: Actor/Star and Consummate Liar,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Philadelphia, USA.

July 2007         ‘The Social Functions of BBC Radio Comedy,’ The Radio Conference 2007, University of Lincoln.

July 2007         ‘Queering the Bette Davis Film: Veiled Allusions in Old Acquaintance,’ Screen Conference 2007, University of Glasgow.

March 2006     ‘The Moon and the Stars at the end of Now, Voyager: Performing melodramatic dialogue in the studio era,’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Jan 2006          ‘The Dramatic Human Voice in Film,’ MeCCSA/AMPE Annual Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University.

April 2004       ‘Epitomising Melodrama: Now, Voyager’, British Association for American Studies Annual Conference (BAAS), Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dec 2003         ‘Film Studies and the creation of Hollywood genres: the case of Melodrama and the Woman’s Film,’ MeCCSA, Fifth Annual Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton.

June 2002        Mabel Constanduros and her Family Entertainment on the BBC, ‘Re: Visions: Broadcasting: Archaelogies, Histories, Impacts, Futures, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

March 1998     ‘Radio Studies: an Academic Subject?’, Media 98, Institute of Education, University of London.

Feb 1998         ‘Another Look at All About Eve’, 1998 Commonwealth Fund Conference in American History, Hollywood and Its Spectators: The Reception of American Films, 1895-1995, University College London.

Invited Talks:

Oct 2018         Keynote Presentation: ‘From Heartbreaking Sincerity to Desperate Self-Parody: The Critical Reception of Bette Davis’ Acting, 1935-49,’ All About Bette: The Cultural Legacies of Bette Davis, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.

June 2018        Keynote Presentation: ‘Bette Davis: Actor, Star and Celebrity’, Celebrity Studies Conference, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy.

April 2015       ‘John Barrymore, Warner Star: 1924-1931,’ Centre for Film Studies Speaker Series, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Jan 2015          Post-show onstage QnA with cast and crew of Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain, St. James Theatre, Buckingham Palace Street, London.

Sept 2014        Star Studies Panel, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York (with Cynthia Baron, Jacqueline Reich and Keri Walsh).

Sept 2014        ‘The Acting Prince: John Barrymore at Warner Bros.’, Fordham University, New York, USA.

Oct 2012         ‘Star Acting in Mildred Pierce’, a public conversation with Anna Raeburn, Mildred Pierce Event, Bristol University, Bristol.

Nov 2011        ‘Unstable Symbols: On the representativeness of film stars,’ Queens University, Belfast.

Dec 2010         Performing Bette Davis, Department of Arts Research Seminar Series, University of Northumbria.

March 2009     ‘”The Sarah Bernhardt of the Screen”: the Critical Reception of Bette Davis’s Performances’, Research in Progress seminar series, University of Sussex.

June 2008        ‘Sound, Space and Mise-en-Scène in Madame Sin,’ Film Sound Panel, European Cinema Symposium, Film Museum/University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

May 2008        ‘Bette Davis: Daring to the Different,’ Public talk for the Sexuality Summer School (University of Manchester) and Queer Up North, Odeon Cinema at The Printworks, Manchester.

April 2008       ‘Happy 100th Birthday Bette Davis,’ Public talk to mark the centenary of the actress’s birth, NFT 1, BFI Southbank, London.

Feb 2008         ‘Bette Davis: Bitch Queen of the Silver Screen,’ Public talk and introduction to All About Eve. Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.

March 2007     ‘Bette Davis: “A Body with a Voice”,’ Research Seminar, Centre for Research in Film & Audiovisual Cultures, Roehampton University, London.

Nov 2004        ‘Bette Davis: A Body with a Voice,’ Film History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Studies, University College London, Bloomsbury, London.

Nov 2004        Talk on Now, Voyager, Curzon Cinema, Mayfair, London.

Aug 2004        ‘Bette Davis: Laughter as well as Tears’ Love Maybe: Romantic Comedy Study Day, (Keynote Presentation), University of Nottingham.

Dec 2003         ‘Bette Davis’ Voice’, Post-graduate Film Research Forum, University of Nottingham.

July 2003         ‘A Devastating Flutter of Eyelashes: Martin Arnold’s Dissociated’ FACT Gallery, Liverpool.

Feb 2002         ‘Interview with radio playwright Lucy Gough’, Radio Drama Conference, Goldsmiths College London

Short Courses:

Nov 2014        Film Stars and Stardom, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech republic (6 lectures delivered between 10-14th November).