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New Book! Justine Lloyd: Gender and Media in the Broadcast Age: Women’s Radio Programming at the BBC, CBC, and ABC: Bloomsbury Academic
The 20th century was a time of rapid expansion in media industries, as well as of accelerating demands for equality and recognition for women. While women’s agency has typically been defined through the domestic sphere, the introduction of media into the home destabilised firm boundaries between public and private spheres.Gender and Media in the Broadcast Age demonstrates how women as media producers and audiences in three countries with public service broadcasters (UK, Canada and Australia) have contributed to changes in our understandings of public and private. Justine Lloyd offers a new way of understanding how tremendous changes in social definitions of gender roles played out in media forms worldwide during this period through the notion of ‘intimate geographies’. Women’s participation in media continues to be a key challenge to notions of the public sphere and the book concludes that profound changes initiated in the broadcast era are unfinished in the age of digital media. Lloyd therefore provides rich and valuable evidence of the dynamic relationship between media texts, producers and audiences that is relevant to contemporary debates about a growing gender ‘apartheid’ in a mediated culture.
On the 21. of October community radios celebrate feminist radio day
You might not expect to find a radio station promoting women’s rights in the Afghan city of Kunduz – but this is precisely what Radio Roshani does.
Very excited by this new exhibition set up by Jeannine Baker as part of the Connected Histories of the BBC project at Sussex University, and related to her own project at McQuarie University Working for Auntie Beeb: Australian women and gendered career pathways at the BBC
As part of the AHRC-Connected Histories of the BBC, Saturday 1st December 2018 saw the launch of the fifth in the series of BBC websites, 100 Voices that Made the BBC.
Pioneering Women is published to coincide with the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, and explores the contribution that women have made to shaping close to 100 years of British broadcasting.
The website includes a large number of clips from programmes which have not been seen or heard since they were first broadcast several decades ago. There are also numerous extracts from interviews, as well as photographs and written documents that are being made publicly available for the very first time.
The original Lesbian Show collective, 1979. This week on FemRadio, out west coast correspondent Stacey Copeland takes us back to the early days of lesbian feminist media.
Stacey is joined by Silva Tenenbein, the founder of one of Canada’s first queer feminist radio shows, “The Lesbian Show” on Vancouver Co-Op Radio in 1979. A former university professor, queer activist, and public speaker, Silva reflects back on the early days of lesbian identity politics and the importance of feminist radio on our airwaves.
And Emily and Rae have your Canadian feminist news headlines, stuff we’re digging this week, and Toronto femme-friendly events!
Source: The Lesbian Show | femradio
Jennifer Hyland Wang (2018) Producing a Radio Housewife: Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em, Gendered Labor, and the Early Days of Radio
This article examines how the writers and publicists behind the pioneering radio serial Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em circulated representations of gendered labor in early prime-time and daytime network radio. Through their satiric impersonations of “syntax-scrambling” midwestern housewives, the careful promotion of the three young stars, and their sale of Super Suds to American housewives, they established gender norms for both the production and the consumption of commercial messages in early radio. The creative team supporting Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em helped write the script for how broadcasters and sponsors could negotiate economic pressures and cultural concerns about women’s paid work in the young medium. By embracing domesticity, the program negotiated the division then developing between prime-time and daytime programming, modeled modern consumer behavior for a mass female audience, and pledged its support for gendered spheres of labor.
This article has also been added to our bibliography.
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.
Please send 150-200-word abstracts, with short bio, to email@example.com 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.
(re-posted from the Radio Studies mailing list)
The MeCCSA Radio Studies Network (UK) is delighted to announce a ‘Save the Date’ for the forthcoming symposium “Signal Strength: women & media practice in conflict and crisis situations”. In association also with the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network and the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences, the University of Sheffield is planning to host this one day event on Thursday 8th March 2018 – International Women’s Day.
This symposium will examine the extent to which radio – and other forms of media – provide a platform for women who are, or have been, in situations of conflict and crisis. A mix of talks and presentations will address the areas of radio and media, as implicated in women’s experiences of conflict and crisis around the world.
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.
Speakers include: Caroline Vuillemin, CEO, Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne; Dr Helen Turton, University of Sheffield; Tala Halawa, BBC, West Bank. Details regarding further speakers and the cfp will be issued shortly but for now, please save the date! Please direct any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org