The 6th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture, organised in partnership with Intellect attracted interesting contributions, mainly from studies on women in popular culture. The conference was held on 11th January in the Queens hotel, as part of annual conferencing held in January each year.
The papers presented debated the position of women in popular culture, predominantly in television series and also in the literature. In addition, we heard presentations on women’s film festival in Ireland and presentations on social media advertising.
The conference will result with a special number of the Journal of Popular Television published by Intellect on the topic of women and girls in television in the age of postfeminism. The issue is scheduled to be completed by 1st August and after the completion of peer review, the special issue is expected to be published late this year or early in 2021.
We already have papers from the conference participants who will submit for publication, such as on the representation of girls in the Game of Thrones, Police representation in BBC series and the Supergirl as a feminist heroine. However, a call will soon be released for other authors to engage with this important debate. The special issue will be co-edited by Dr Martina Topic (UK) and Dr Maria Joao Cunha (Portugal).
Due to the low representation of media and journalism scholars in the conference, the conference will cease to exist in the current form. Instead, we have partnered up with journal Femspec and Intellect again to host a conference on Women in Popular Culture and Sci-Fi in particular, which is planned for April 2021. The call will be announced soon.
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