Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Signal Strength: women and media practice in conflict and crisis situations

Via the Radio Studies list:

The MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for ‘Signal Strength’, a symposium taking place on Thursday 8th March 2018, International Women’s Day at the University of Sheffield.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday 15 January 2018

Speakers confirmed so far include: Caroline Vuillemin, CEO, Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne; Dr Helen Turton, University of Sheffield; Tala Halawa, BBC – West Bank, occupied Palestinian territories.

This symposium aims to examine the extent to which radio and other forms of media provide a platform for women who are, or have been, in conflict and crisis. Drawing on practice and academic research, discussions will explore multiple angles such as: gendering media strategies to improve the recognition and representation of women in peril; issues surrounding the safety and protection of women journalists and aid workers; and the limits and limitation of media freedoms.

We invite contributions from academics and practitioners with experience in radio and international conflict with the aim of exchanging knowledge and best practice. We welcome papers related to these themes or to the broader topic:

Use of radio and media in conflict environments
Use of radio to support women
Local and/or community radio in conflict/crisis
Women as (radio/media) audience in conflict/crisis
Empowering of women – and local communities – through radio (and media)
Radio in society in conflict-affected areas
Safety and protection of women journalists
Representation of women in conflict/crisis by the radio
Women and broadcasting technologies
Media freedoms – the limits and limitations of media strategies and policies, domestic and foreign
Stereotyping on air and in the media
Resourcing women’s radio journalism in conflict/crisis environments
Women in radio and on air – pedagogy and practice

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (2017), women comprise approximately 50 per cent of refugees worldwide, mostly as a result of conflict, and are often put at greater hardship than men in these situations based upon their gender. With men either killed or at war, women become the heads of households, conservers of the community and rebuilders of the economy. The significant impact of conflict and crisis on women, who have also often become targets of sexual violence, is recognised in the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325.

As media coverage of women in conflict and crisis is increasing, the role of radio within this merits further exploration. Of all forms of media, radio occupies a particular place in conflict-affected areas, providing a low-tech and low-cost public space, being cheap and portable, not relying on a mains source of electricity and being able to target illiterate or orally-based cultures.

In certain circumstances, digital technologies also provide for the production and circulation of audio and visual media material. Such access to online communication channels facilitates conversation and dialogue from the comfortingly mundane to life-saving. For women in unstable societies, the intimate nature of radio also ensures a safe haven, away from male or mixed environments, in which to seek comfort, advice and helplines. It also provides the opportunity for women, as practitioners, to represent their female audiences and reach out to them.

When conflict and crisis necessitate migration, and when women and families are forced to move and live in foreign countries, media – and radio in particular – can play a significant role in the settling-in process. Not only can digital technologies enable the tuning-in online to estranged stations and the familiar voices of home, but local services can proffer the welcoming hand of friendship and provide opportunities for empowerment through cultural and linguistic guidance, as well as moral support.

Drawing on practice as well as academic research, this symposium aims to provide a platform not just for the theory but for voicing lived experiences too.

Submission guidelines:
Please send 150-200-word abstracts, with short bio, to by 15 January 2018.
Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 30 January 2018.

Overview of the symposium:
The registration fee will be £35 (£25 for early bird booking).
The symposium is open to anyone interested in this topic, regardless of whether they are presenting a paper.

Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 2016: WHITE NOISE

Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 2016

Deadline July 8th, 2016


A research event at

London College of Communication,
University of the Arts London

November 11th – 12th 2016

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTION Deadline July 8th, 2016

We are delighted to announce a call for the 3rd Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism research event to take place in London on November 11th and 12th 2016.

Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism is a bi-annual research event initially established in 2012 as a network for researchers, artists and performers working within intersectional fields of sound, gender, feminism and activism. SGFA::2012 delivered presentations and audio-visual artworks from thirty-six researchers, artists and performers from the UK, Europe, United States and Australia. SGFA::2014 incorporated performances, lectures, workshops and presentations from over thirty global participants. A publication that celebrates the presentations and participants from the previous two events will be launched at SGFA::2016.

SGFA::2016 seeks to query an expanded concept of White Noise. Working out from white noise’s original sonic conception of a random frequency, broad-based signal that masks everything else, white noise is all around us. White Noise is what Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman has termed a “sonic protocol” an often unquestioned norm based upon “culturally specific and socially constructed conventions that shape how sound is made, used and interpreted at a given moment”.

SGFA::2016 invites submissions for both twenty and ten minute contributions relating to the question;

How does whiteness, transmitted as an often sub-audible yet ubiquitous frequency, establish and maintain perceptual limits of what and who can be heard and how can this be changed?

How can we “confront and broadcast the underlying whiteness of the field and of the generic terms that provide so much currency in it: terms like “the listener,” “the body,” “the ear” and so on” (Stadler 2015) in ways that do not replicate racism, colonialism and gender violence but rather enable the audible transmission of alternative histories, forms, relations and ways of being.

SGFA::2016 will expand upon the previous research events through a combination of presentation formats over the course of two days; both twenty minute formal research papers and ten minute emerging researcher/artist presentations for the sharing of recent or ongoing work are sought.
This is an open call and we welcome responses from all relevant disciplines and will accept a variety of formats from academic presentations, proposals for artworks and documentation of artworks to more experimental contributions.

Please send expressions of interest, including the theme, topic and format of your presentation of around 200 words and a short biography of no more than 200 words by Friday 8th July, 2016 to SGFA2016.

Kindly supported by

Cathy Lane

CFP: Feminism and Sound, Due 22nd July 2016

Commentary and Criticism Call for Papers
16.6 Feminism and Sound
Feminist analysis of media is a field that has arguably been dominated by the visual. From selfies to music videos to films, feminist media scholars have done important work to unpack the way representations of gender look. But how does gender sound in contemporary media? How are femininity, masculinity, and other expressions of gender represented sonically across media platforms? Podcasts, Instagrams, Vines, streaming music, and traditional formats such as radio, television, and film, all present a rich ground for the study of sound from a feminist perspective. This issue of Commentary and Criticism invites essay contributions specifically on feminist approaches to sound in relation to a range of media. We are particularly interested in submissions from beyond North America and the UK. Possible paper topics include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
  • Gendered soundscapes
  • Gender and speech
  • Gender and sound art
  • Feminist approaches to sound design in screen cultures
  • Women’s production of sound media
  • Feminist radio studies
  • Feminist readings of podcasts
  • Sonic performances of gender in popular music
The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief (~1000 words), timely responses to current issues in feminist media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. We will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to also offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism.
Please submit contributions by 22nd July 2016, via email to guest editor, Philippa Lovatt ( as well as standing editors, Susan Berridge ( and Laura Portwood-Stacer (
Questions and expressions of interest can also be addressed to Drs. Lovatt, Berridge and Portwood-Stacer in advance of the deadline.
Email submissions directly to Philippa Lovatt, Susan Berridge and Laura Portwood-Stacer, as submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main Feminist Media Studies site.
Please be sure to follow the Feminist Media Studies style guide, which can be found at the following link:
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WOMEN IN SOUND / WOMEN ON SOUND :WISWOS 2016: 22 April, Lancaster: Educating Girls in Sound

The group Women in Sound/Women on Sound is hosting its annual forum  on 22 April, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

Educating Girls in Sound

Submission deadline February 8th, notification of selection February 15th.

WISWOS 2016 will take place at the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. This years WISWOS event will focus on education. The previous very successful event at Lancaster in 2015 exhibited the excellent and varied work being done by women in many areas of sound, but also made clear their lack of visibility to the young. Despite the long and effective history of women working in and on sound, the numbers involved have not risen. What impact does the current education system have on young girls to deter them from moving into the fields of science, technology, the arts and engineering with sound? How can it be improved?

Key questions we wish to explore in the Forum are:

What happens in the music/sound tech classroom?
At what point do we see the drop from equal interest to little interest?
What initiatives already exist that do encourage girls to engage?
What can we do, and should we do it or not?


Full details here.

CFP: Women, Gender and Information and Communication Technologies (Europe, 19th-21st centuries)

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Women, Gender and Information and Communication Technologies
(Europe, 19th-21st centuries)
International Symposium

15-16 May 2014
Organized by LabEx EHNE (Écrire une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe – Writing a New History of Europe),
Research strands 1 and 6 (
in partnership with the CNRS Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC)

Although pioneering studies have contributed in the last few years to highlighting numerous aspects of the gendered construction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), via analyses concerning women telephone operators, female radio listeners, or even the ENIAC Girls, the place of women and of gender in the history of information and communication technologies remains to be reflected upon and written, whether it is the role and the representation of the two sexes regarding research, conception, utilisation or consumption.

It is hoped that these two days will compare European perspectives on the historical relations that women have maintained with information and communication technologies, since the telegraph. The study days invite transnational and interdisciplinary analyses across the long term, drawing as much upon the history of computer science and ICT as upon the history of work, organisations, consumption, education, media, and gender studies.

In touching upon imaginations, values, figures, models and practices that cut across the history of the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, the TV, the internet and digital devices, we hope to explore in particular the manner in which the history of information and communication technologies can enrich gender studies, and conversely the way in which the latter can shed light on studies related to ITC. The aim is to do so via numerous angles of approach (not exclusive of other approaches):

– Female actors of ICT: individual and collective historical figures, inventors,
programmers, researchers, professional users, consumers etc.
– The gendered representations of the public actors of ICT and their evolution
(discourses, advertising, teaching and education, imagination etc).
– The stakeholders implicated at the heart of ICT, affected by the problematic of
gender (European associations, national or transnational collectives etc).
– ITCs as producers of new spaces for the expression of gender.
– The specificity or not of European research in the gendered approach of ITCs in relation to the work carried out in North America.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length and can be delivered in French or English. The organising committee would be particularly interested in proposals integrating a diachronic dimension and those explicitly touching upon a European dimension. Proposals from postgraduate students or early-career researchers are welcome.

Proposals should be sent to They should be one page long, contain a bibliography and if possible a proposed plan.
Authors can include a summary of their publications/research and a brief biography in their initial e-mail.

• Deadline for submission of proposals: March 1st 2014
• Notification of acceptance: March 15th 2014
• International Symposium: May 15th and 16th 2014
This information is available on

Delphine Diaz (IRICE, Université Paris-Sorbonne, LabEx EHNE)
Valérie Schafer (ISCC, CNRS)
Régis Schlagdenhauffen (LISE, CNAM/CNRS, LabEx EHNE)
Benjamin Thierry (IRICE, Université Paris-Sorbonne)

Program Committee
Gerard Alberts (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Alec Badenoch (Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Utrecht University)
Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffmann (LISE, CNAM/CNRS)
Niels Brügger (The Centre for Internet Studies, Aarhus University)
Frédéric Clavert (Université Paris-Sorbonne, IRICE, LabEx EHNE)
Delphine Gardey (Faculté des Sciences de la Société, Université de Genève)
Pascal Griset (Université Paris-Sorbonne, CRHI-IRICE/ISCC, LabEx EHNE)
Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IUF)
Christophe Lécuyer (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Ilana Löwy (Cermes, CNRS, EHESS, Inserm, Paris 5)
Cécile Méadel (CSI, MINES Paris Tech)
Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson
Center, Munich)
Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan (HT2S, CNAM)
Fabrice Virgili (IRICE, CNRS, LabEx EHNE)

Conference Secretary
Arielle Haakenstad (Université Paris-Sorbonne, IRICE/ISCC, LabEx EHNE)

Call for papers: Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict

First Call for Papers

Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict

23rd Women’s History Network Annual Conference
5-7 September 2014 at the University of Worcester

Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during war and conflict. Contributions of papers on a range of topics are welcome and may, for example, explore one of the following areas:

  • Food, domesticity, marriage and the ordinariness of everyday life on the Home Front
  • The arts, leisure and entertainment during military conflict
  • Women’s working lives on the Home Front
  • Shifting relations of power  around gender, class, ethnicity, religion or politics
  • Women’s individual or collective strategies and tactics for survival in wartime
  • Case studies illuminating the particularity of the Home Front in cities, small towns or rural areas
  • Outsiders on the Home Front including attitudes to prisoners of war, refugees, immigrants and travellers
  • Comparative Studies of the Home Front across time and  geographical location
  • Representation,  writing and remembering the Home Front

Although the term Home Front was initially used during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across diverse historical periods and geographical areas. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent electronically by 1 April 2014.