Eve Bennett is a member of the Institut de Recherche Médias, Cultures, Communication et Numérique at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. Her research mainly focuses on representations of gender in science fiction television series. She has published a monograph based on her PhD thesis, Gender in Post-9/11 American Apocalyptic TV (Bloomsbury, 2019), and in journals such as Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Television and Science Fiction Film and Television.

On Wednesday, September 28th, we hosted the CAS SEE Seminar with Eve Bennett on the topic Lost souls, victims or deviants? Radicalisation and gender in the media: the case of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Academic, governmental, and media discourse surrounding violent radicalization and its causes often mobilizes a number of highly gendered stereotypes, portraying women who participate in terrorism as victims and/or as the types of clichéd figures that Laura Sjoberg and Caron E. Gentry have named “mothers,” “monsters” and “whores.” In this talk, I will discuss these stereotypes both in relation to real-world examples—especially Shamima Begum, a young British woman who ran away from home to join ISIS in 2015 at the age of fifteen—and as they appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-2020), which features two “radicalized” characters, one male and one female, who are represented in very different ways.

UNIRI The Moise Palace: Cres Island

An education center of the University of Rijeka. A five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse and the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students and scholars.