[csaa-forum] Call for Papers: Emergent femininities and masculinities in 21st century media and popular culture

Sean Redmond s.redmond at deakin.edu.au
Fri Oct 22 06:34:44 ACST 2021

Call for Papers
Emergent femininities and masculinities in 21st century media and popular culture

A three-day Symposium

Department of Communication and Media Studies,
School of Economics and Political Science,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA)


Dates: Thursday 15 September 2022- Saturday 17 September 2022
Location: Department of Communication and Media Studies, NKUA, 1 Sofokleous St., Athens.

In the past few years, and in the aftermath of movements like #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite and the proliferation of celebrity culture, the call for greater diversity (either in terms of body aesthetics, disability, racial representation or sexuality and intimacy), together with a turn to ‘character’ and ‘resilience’ building, has brought the notion that ‘representation matters’ back to surface. Indeed, increasingly, diversity, character, resilience have become catchphrases that resonate across cultures and borders and serve not only as indicators of progress, but also as an aspirational frame for younger people.
Pointing at the possibility of reductive notions of the politics of representation, whereby the quantity of representation is automatically seen as a sign of progress- leading, for example, to queerbaiting or colourbaiting – here, we are interested in the ways in which femininity and masculinity are being constructed, dismantled or reinvented in the course of the 21st century in everyday life and/or in the media and popular culture.
We welcome contributions from scholars and young researchers who are interested in issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, race, identity construction and culture from a variety of analytical perspectives addressing (though not exclusively) the following:

  *   Body aesthetics, discipline and the construction of femininities and masculinities
  *   Digital intimacy and teenage girlhoods and boyhoods
  *   The construction of femininities and masculinities through social media
  *   Femininities and masculinities within ‘cancel culture’
  *   The rise of hate culture: toxic masculinity, misogyny, misogynoir, misandry, incel culture
  *   ‘New’ (?) femininities and masculinities in television and popular culture (e.g. in the productions of Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy; Shonda Rhimes, etc)
  *   Aging, masculinity and femininity in popular film
  *   Influencer cultures and the promotion and marketing of genders
  *   Masculinity and femininity in the representation and consumption of sports
  *   The celebrification of motherhood and fatherhood
  *   Femininities and masculinities within celebrity culture
  *   Questions of intersections: race, ethnicity and gender
We invite 400-word abstracts outlining empirical, theoretical or policy-orientated papers that address these or related issues. Abstracts should be accompanied by a 100-word bio of the presenter(s) together with contact details, all sent to Prof. Liza Tsaliki at Femandmasc.athens2022 at gmail.com<mailto:Femandmasc.athens2022 at gmail.com>

Abstract submission by 20 December 2021
Notification of decision: by 20 February 2022.

Registration fees:
For members of staff: 80 euros
For PhD students: 50 euros

Confirmed keynote panel:

Sarah Banet Weiser, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication

Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, City, University of London

Danielle R. Egan, PhD, PsyaD, NCPsyA
Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies and Department Chair, Psychoanalyst
Connecticut College

Sean Redmond, Professor of Screen and Design, Department, SCCA Arts & Education, Deakin University

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