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CFP: Feminism and Sound, Due 22nd July 2016

FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES
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 (Philippa.Lovatt@stir.ac.uk) as well as standing editors, Susan Berridge (Susan.Berridge@stir.ac.uk) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (lportwoodstacer@gmail.com).
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: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1468-0777&linktype=44
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New Article: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt as “Ordinary” Citizen and “Expert” on Radio in the Early 1950s’ by Anya Luscombe

WREN Anya Luscombe has just published an article based on a paper presented on a WREN panel last year.

‘Eleanor Roosevelt as “Ordinary” Citizen and “Expert” on Radio in the Early 1950s’ 

Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, used radio to communicate on a wide variety of issues that she felt the American public, and women in particular, should know or think about. She had been a radio pioneer, broadcasting from the 1920s onward and starting with her own radio show in 1932. By the 1950s, radio as a technology began facing increasing competition from television. Yet, as a medium to reach mass audiences and women in particular, radio continued to play a vital role. From October 1950 until August 1951, Eleanor Roosevelt together with her son Elliott hosted a daily show on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) called The Eleanor Roosevelt Program. Focusing on this 1950-1951 program, this article seeks to examine the way in which Mrs. Roosevelt communicated with her listeners and successfully blended that which at first sight might seem opposites: the domestic with the global, the informal mode of address with the serious topics, the public with the private, and the ordinary woman’s view with that of the expert international stateswoman.

The article is available online at SAGE OPEN (for free)

Women at the BBC

WREN Kate Murphy has written a short overview of women’s roles at the BBC, including blurbs about pioneering women such as Hilda Matheson, first head of talks at the BBC,  and Janet Quigley, among many others for the BBC story on the BBC’s online history.

Serves as a good reminder that women have been involved in broadcasting (though in different roles in different countries) from the earliest years.