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[ecrea] call for papers popular culture - gender - agency

Mon Oct 26 19:26:24 GMT 2015

*Call for Papers*

*5. Interdisciplinary Colloquium of Gender Research *

*at the University of Rostock *

19-21 May 2016**


„I definitely can feel the third or fourth feminist wave in the air, so
maybe this is a good time to open that Pandora’s box a little bit and
air it out.“ (Björk, /Pitchfork/, January 2015)

In the light of recent heated debates around questions of gender in
popular culture—for instance around the feminist implications of
Charlotte Roche’s novels, the political relevance of Lady Gaga’s pop
music, or Emma Watson’s speech in front of the UN—it is fair to say that
the pop-cultural field is both object of and the stage for several
discourses around the production, performance and representation of
gender. The diversity of discourses corresponds to the diversity of
media and actors: the aforementioned debates can be found on all levels
of public sphere, in blogs, pop songs, in YouTube videos, in film as
well as in newspapers and academic writing. Gender, it seems, is the new
leading paradigm for the ethical and moral evaluation of pop-cultural

We invite scholars of all disciplines to join an interdisciplinary
exchange on popular culture and gender.

We welcome national and international papers, which address one of the
following issues:

*(New) presentations of gender*

How diverse is the gender spectrum in literature, pop music, TV and
film? What kind of body representations can be found?

*Gender-specific conditions of (pop) cultural production *

Do gender or sexuality determine artists’ access to pop-cultural
production? Can gender-specific differences be observed, for instance in
the booking of musicians or the awarding of film prizes?

*Historical gender discourses and forms of media*

In view of the described phenomena, is it possible to speak of a fourth
wave of feminism? How do feminist actors in the pop-cultural field
position themselves in relation to previous historical movements? What
are the media forms of gender discourses?

*Social movement/activism/politics and gender*

Which new forms of protest and activism develop within or in relation to
the pop-cultural field?

*Reception of popular culture*

Is the reception of pop-cultural products gendered? Are there new
reception habits?

*Education and training*

How can (new) pop-cultural artefacts be implemented in school and other
pedagogical fields?

Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. If you are interested
to participate, please send your abstract (300 words) by 30 November
2015 to Lisa Waschkewitsch <*(gender /at/*>.  On behalf of the
work group „Gender Research“ at the University of Rostock.

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer

Lehrstuhl für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft

Direktorin des Instituts für Medienforschung an der Philosophischen

Universität Rostock*
*August-Bebel-Str. 28
18055 Rostock

(elizabeth.prommer /at/ <mailto:(elizabeth.prommer /at/>

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