About the division
Working group dealing with diverse aspects of the relationship between gender and the media. We are looking at deepening our theoretical, analytical and methodological interdisciplinary knowledge of the contemporary gender formations that permute our cultures across different socio and geo-political contexts in relation to the media. We are interested in:
- studies that explore gendered representations and relations, discourses and symbols featured in various cultural texts, such as newspapers and magazines, television, computer games, film or advertisement;
- studies that explore how these various gendered representations are consumed, interpreted and used by various audiences;
- studies that explore how gender is represented and performed at the production level of the media. A critical exploration of contemporary social and cultural institutions will remain incomplete without a profound understanding of what the media production culture is like today; who actually decides what we see in the media? What does it mean to be a media producer, and what are the conditions under which media are produced? How are structural inequalities reproduced in modern media institutions? How is one’s participation in the production culture shaped by one’s gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, race, class, age, nationality?
Media can both contribute to and help maintain gender inequalities and hierarchies, through the persistence of hegemonic gendered discourses. Still, it can also serve as a space of resistance, social innovation and cultural change. In this working group, we seek to explore the old, the new and the controversial discourses and interrelations between contents, producers and consumers, or in other words between gender, identity and power.
This working group accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts. Still, the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed.