Media, gender and sexuality in contemporary Europe
Resistances and redefinitions through performances, productions and

University of Padua, 15-16 November 2019
(Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology)

Organized by Gender & Communication Section in collaboration with
Women’s Network and Film Studies Section (ECREA)

Keynote speakers
Prof. John Mercer (Birmingham City University)
Prof. Karen Ross (Newcastle University)

Roundtable (organized by ECREA Women’s Network)
“Gender and Knowledge Production in Contemporary Academia. Unpacking
challenges and possibilities”

Call for Papers

The relations between gender, sexuality and the media are ubiquitous and
firmly embedded in everyday practices at a cultural and social level.
Our understanding of how people across Europe interpret and consume
media content and perform gender and sexual identities within this
context is changing alongside the modification of the media landscape.
Due to political and cultural changes across Europe and the rest of the
world, issues connected to sexual identity and gender are in the process
of being renegotiated and, in certain instances, even questioned. On the
one hand, there are tendencies reconfirming patriarchal scripts; on the
other hand, there are challenges and redefinitions of old paradigms.
Researchers within media studies have been working within diverse
epistemological and methodological contexts in order to understand this
mutation. This conference attempts to position itself within this debate
with the aim of problematising such issues across research fields.
We are looking for original and innovative research within media,
cultural and feminist studies, exploring the complex set of relations
between media, gender and sexuality and the approaching aspects of the
changing social and sexual landscape. We are especially looking for
contributions that approach the topics of interest analytically in terms
of production, representation and consumption, reflecting different
cultural constructions and experiences.

We welcome presentations from (though not exclusively) the following topics:
·   performing gendered and sexual identities
·   forging new normative gendered identities
·   motherhood and sexuality
·   gender equality in media industries
·   performing gender and sexuality in social networking sites,
including dating apps
·   rebranding feminism
·   virtual intimacies, desires and affect
·   digital technologies, methods and the study of sexuality
·   games, gender and sexualities
·   pornography
·   datafication of gender and sexuality
·   representation of gender and sexuality in popular culture
·   gender, sexuality and media production
·   gender, sexuality and technologies, technology of pleasure, sex robots
·   futures of European gender, feminist, sexuality and LGBTQ media studies
·   film, gender and sexuality

Abstract Submission
Please submit your 350-400 words abstract in English, along with a short
bio (up to 150 words), including contact details before the 20th of
July. Abstracts will be reviewed via a blind peer review process.

Please upload your abstract and bio (in a unique file) using this link:
Please name the file as follow: LastName_Name

For any further questions or information about the CFP please contact
ECREA G&C section (Management team: Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, Despina
Chronaki, Sara de Vuyst and Florian Vanlee) at

1st June:  Call for papers opens
20th July: Deadline for abstract submissions
24th August: Notification of  acceptance/rejection
26th August: Registration opens
1st October: Deadline for conference registration

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