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[ecrea] CFP: Gender Relations in the Media (CJCS)

Mon Oct 10 11:24:34 GMT 2011

Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies

Special Issue 4.2
Gender Relations in the Media: Conflicting Pictures and New
Representational Practices

In the field of gender and communication studies, there is wide
agreement on how significant media representations are in order to
understand the way gender(ed) identities and relations are
constructed. When media depict gender relations, they constantly
produce meanings that reproduce dominant views on gender itself, yet
they also build a space through which feminist discourses can be
articulated and were new identities are created, thus grounding
male-female relations more firmly in dialogue, respect and equality.
Representations on gender (and gender relations) are not static, and
we still aim to understand both the social and political context where
such transformations take place.

This special issue aims to be a contribution to this relatively recent
strategic nationwide/statewide interest in the study of both
traditional media expressions of equality/inequality between women and
men, and new media representational practices. Therefore, the Catalan
Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies welcomes article
proposals (coming both from Catalonia and other national contexts) on
this central theme approached from either a more local perspective or
a more transnational one. Possible topics might include:

- gender representations in media,
- mediated intimacy,
- gender and ICT, new media practices,
- representation politics,
- alternative media and feminist activism,
- gendered representations,
- employment policies,
- reception of gendered representation,

but not exclusively. Empirical studies and theoretical manuscripts,
uni- and multi-disciplinary will be taken into account for

The journal plans to include articles of around 6-7.000 words, plus
short research notes and reports of around 2-3.000 words for the
Viewpoint section. Full articles for proposed contributions should be
sent to (catalan.journal /at/ by 31 January 2012. Acceptance of
papers will be confirmed by 30 March 2012. All contributions will be
subjected to anonymous peer review. For more details about the journal
guidelines and previous special issues content please visit:,id=162/

Guest Editors for the Issue

•	Sofie Van Bauwel (Ghent University)

Professor of Communication Studies at Ghent University. She is part of
the CIMS (Center for Cinema and Media Studies) and her main field of
interest is gender and media. She is involved in several projects with
a focus on media as signifying articulations in visual popular
culture. She is vice-chair of the Gender and Communication section of
the European Research and Communication Association (ECREA) and is
part of the editorial board of the Journal of Media Theory and the
Working papers series on Film and Television Studies. She is author of
articles and books on popular media culture, feminist theory and film,
which have been published both national and international.

•	Iolanda Tortajada (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies at the Universitat Rovira i
Virgili, Tarragona (Spain), and researcher at ASTERISC (research group
on communication) where she has focused on gender and communication.
She has been the leading researcher of the R+D project “Media and
Gender Violence: Catalysts or Factors for Prevention?” (2009-2011),
funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. She has
recently worked on other closely related subjects. Her latest work
deals with the media representation of sexual and affective relations,
and women's appropriation of mobile telephony.

Enric Castelló
Departament d'Estudis de Comunicació
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Campus Centre
Av. Catalunya 35. Edifici Departaments. Desp. 325
43002- Tarragona (Spain)

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