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Electric Girlhoods and Alices Past and Future

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Alice was first brought to life by Lewis Carroll, but she's sparked imaginations and been immortalised on screen many times since.

Join film critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas in conversation with Dr Michelle Smith (Monash University) and Dr Dan Golding (Swinburne University of Technology) as they discuss these 'electric' Alices and the unique representations of girlhood across time, space and media, exploring historical significance, contemporary potency and what Alice might mean in the future.

About the speakers

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic who has written five books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema. She was an editor at Senses of Cinema for three years, and during her tenure she co-edited the collection Wonderland to accompany the ACMI exhibition.

Dr Michelle J. Smith is a senior lecturer at Monash University. One of her primary research interests is girlhood, particularly in the Victorian period. She is the author of Empire in British Girls’ Literature: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915 (Palgrave, 2011) and co-editor of Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950 (Palgrave, 2014) and Girls’ School Stories, 1749-1929 (Routledge, 2013). Michelle also writes on gender and feminism as a columnist for The Conversation.

Dr Dan Golding is a lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University. He is also a writer, a composer, and the co-author of Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the Fight for the Future of Videogames with Leena van Deventer.