Media and Gender Research Group

Hosted by the Department of Media and Communication and together with colleagues from other Midlands universities, the Leicester Media and Gender Research Group brings together scholars from a range of disciplines and departments who are interested in gender studies and/or feminist theoretical analysis of media representations, production, and consumption.MediaGender

The purpose of the Group is to organise events that bring together scholars with diverse but overlapping interests in order to strengthen the impact of their research and to create new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and methods of inquiry. The group provides a collegiate, welcoming, and stimulating space in which members share work-in-progress, discuss scholarly feminist texts, and engage with a wide range of pertinent issues relating to: gender, media and identity; feminism and digital cultures; histories of gender relations in media texts and contexts; rights and inequalities in media production; the politics of representation; and affect and the politics of emotions.

Recent meetings have covered topics including: mediated histories of feminism; gender and domesticity; gender and academic labour; wedding cultures and mediated practices; media and gender activism in India; among others.

Contributing Researchers: Jessica Bain, Vicky Ball, Adrija Dey, Doris Eikhof, Frances Galt, Sarah Qian Gong, Clare Gunby, Alison Harvey, Claire Jenkins, Jilly Kay, Athina Karatzogianni, Melanie Kennedy, Jess Martin, Dafni Mangalousi, Kaitlynn Mendes, Galina Miazhevich, Katie Moylan, Leah Phillips, Giovanna Puppin, Jane Pilcher, Patricia Routh, Maria Rovisco, Jackie Sanchez Taylor, Claire Sedgwick, Tracy Simmons, Ian Somerville, Mirjam Twigt, Jo Whitehouse-Hart, Helen Wood

Information Contacts: Jessica Bain and Jilly Kay

Our Key Questions:

  • How are gender identities mediated, represented, experienced and understood?
  • What are the intersections between feminism, gender and media cultures?
  • What are the feminist possibilities and constraints in the intersections between gender and digital cultures?
  • What are the gendered patterns of inequality in media production and consumption; how do these shift historically, and how might these be addressed?

Recent News

The Media and Gender Research group hosts a regular seminar series bringing together colleagues to discuss works in progress and recently published work. All interested researchers are welcome to attend – please contact Jessica or Jilly for more details of our forthcoming seminar in April.

Selected Projects

Jessica Bain - "Digital Dressmaking: Gender, Technology and Craft in Britain’s Contemporary Sewing Communities", British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (£6600), 2015-16.

Kaitlynn Mendes - Documenting Digital Feminist Activism: Mapping feminist responses to new media misogyny and rape culture (2014-2016) – AHRC (worth over £135,000)

Alison Harvey - 'Organizing for Inclusivity: Sexism, Misogyny, and Feminism in Digital Games Culture', University of Leicester College Research Development Fund, (£2000), 2014

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