Call For Papers
An Intergenerational Feminist Media Studies: Conflicts and Connectivities
A special anniversary issue of Feminist Media Studies
Edited by Jessalynn Keller, Jo Littler and Alison Winch
This special 15th anniversary issue of Feminist Media Studies will explore the interconnections between different generations of women and girls in the contemporary media landscape, building upon several successful roundtables we convened around this topic in London in autumn 2014.
While feminism has become increasingly visible within western popular media cultures over the past few years, little scholarly attention has been paid to the ways in which age and generation shape mediated conversations about feminist politics globally. This collection will address this oversight, aiming to problematize dominant media representations of intergenerational “catfights” and feminist “bickering,” while simultaneously interrogating the ways in which mediated conflicts and connectivities shape the potential to work together to enact feminist social change.
We ask: What kind of shared conversations do women have across age groups and how do these circulate in media cultures in various global contexts? How can intergenerational alliances be built while still remaining sensitive to differences of experience? How are feminist connections being formed via digital media technologies and platforms? How do new forms of mediated activism over sexual violence, queerness, racism, and social reproduction relate to those of their predecessors? How is feminist conflict mediated and how might it operate productively? How do particular issues such as “sexualisation” become indicative of intergenerational conflict?
Considering these questions in relation to the growth of feminist media studies over the past fifteen years, this issue will simultaneously foreground how feminist media studies can contribute, and how it has contributed, to an understanding of such intergenerationality. How do different generations of feminist media scholars talk to each other? What impediments arise in these conversations? How do geographical and cultural locations impact these conversations? How do we theorize these generational divides and dialogues? Does an effective intergenerational feminist media studies exist, or do we need to invent or extend it?
Possible paper themes might include, but are not restricted to:
- the mediation of age and ageing
- feminist alliances within austerity and neoliberalism
- feminist ‘waves’ in transnational contexts
- intergenerational activism challenging global power inequalities
- the mediation of feminist conflict and crisis
- intersections of ‘race’, class, sexuality and generation
- generational politics within digital media cultures and practices
- queering feminist media studies
- the legacies of feminist anti-racism
- boys and men as feminist allies
- feminist girls
Final papers will be no more than 8,000 words and will be due 1st September 2015. Information about Feminist Media Studies can be found here:
Slider Image Attribution :
Robert Scoble – Fun Twitter Shirt seen at LIFT – Flickr
Ian Cook et al – Made in Dagenham – Flickr
PK – Why Call me a feminist – Flickr
Tamara Craui – 1977 Feminist II – Flickr