Join us for this year’s MeCCSA PGN Conference: “Mediating Gendered Identities: Articulations, Representations & Contestations”!

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The ‘Facebook Files’, released in September 2021, highlighted the ongoing concerns regarding the “impact” of Instagram on teenage girls. Critically, the entanglements of agency and empowerment that resurfaced in the leaked internal research from Facebook, coupled with subsequent media reporting, indicate how teenage girls continue to be positioned as gendered subjects, drawing on old stories of moral panics about media use.

This conference seeks to engage with debates and issues concerning gendered forms of identities, subjectivity and representation circulating within media discourse, cultural products, and creative practices. How are expressions and articulations of gender contested and reinforced in mediated environments? How can contemporary media discourses, products and cultures be situated within historical context? What role does research play in this dynamic?

Keynote speaker: Dr Ysabel Gerrard, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, University of Sheffield.

Dr. Ysabel Gerrard (@ysabelgerrard) is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. Her research aims to understand the extent to which young people and those with vulnerabilities (e.g., mental health conditions) are protected by social media companies’ content policies. This work has been published in journals like New Media and Society and Internet Histories, and featured in venues like WIRED, BBC News and Dazed. Ysabel is the current Chair of ECREA’s Digital Culture and Communication Section and also sits on Meta’s Suicide and Self-Injury Advisory Board. She is currently writing her first manuscript, tentatively titled Network Burnout: Why Young People Crave Secrecy on Social Media (University of California Press).

Event Information

Prior registration is required for this event (tickets will include both days of the conference).

There are two options for attendance: online and in-person ticket registration. Further details regarding links for online attendance will be sent 24 hours prior to the first day (21st July).

In-person ticket price includes entrance to the conference and select food and drink on both days (please refer to the conference programme for further details).

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Conference Organising Committee

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