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

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: https://www.dropbox.com/request/JKDWPEavZIwqPtLYFSxY

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 genderandcommunication.ecrea@gmail.com


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


Students-Phd Students: 60 €

Regular registration: 75 €

The conference registration fee includes: conference kit, coffee breaks and launches.

Host/Location: Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Italy.

University of Padova, City of Padova (40 km from Venice).

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Local organizer

Cosimo Marco Scarcelli (IUSVE and University of Padova), marco.scarcelli@gmail.com

Renato Stella (University of Padova), renato.stella@unipd.it

Scientific Committee:

Valentina Anania (University of Nottingham)

Dr. Despina Chronaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens & Hellenic Open University)

Dr. Sara de Vuyst (University of Ghent)

Dr. Ayşegül Kesirli (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Dr. Arianna Mainardi (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Prof. Claudia Padovani (University of Padova)

Dr. Cosimo Marco Scarcelli (University IUSVE & University of Padova)

Prof. Renato Stella (University of Padova)

Jolien van Keulen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Dr. Florian Vanlee (University of Ghent)

Dr. Sergio Villanueva (University of Barcelona)

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