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The 6th International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

11th January 2020

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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3rd International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

14-15 January 2017

Leeds, United Kingdom

Conference venue: Queens hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others, e.g. women, ethnic groups, religious groups, etc. Agenda setting research has established decades ago that media set public agendas, and tell us both what to think about (agenda setting) and how to think about a certain issue (media framing). Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling a way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable. All these influences form our daily lives and views of others, and while the media and popular culture do not influence all people, on all issues and at all times, they do have a significant influence on our views and actions.

Participants debates issues in media and popular culture in panels on media and identity, women in the media, film studies, media and history, audience studies, and agenda setting and media framing theories.

The conference had live coverage on Centre’s social media accounts, and a selection of a few photos is also available in the gallery below.