Talk recap: Gender, Technology and Enterprise

On Wednesday 20th March, MA Global Media Management and the Transforming Creativity Research Group welcome to campus Dr Carol Ekinsmyth (University of Portsmouth) and Rebecca van Rooijen (Benchpeg) to share their research and insights. The abstracts and biographies are in this earlier post. The presentations and discussions explored gendered affordances of technologies, entrepreneurial identities, and issues of access and equality.

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GMM students also joined with staff and students from across WSA in the afternoon for an “innovation lab” as part of the Unexpected Enterprises project. Details of this event here.


Student placement: Touch Network

Current MA Global Media Management student Mina O’Neill-Bains has recently been completing a part-time internship with Touch Network – a local Southampton charity organization that works to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health by bringing members of the community together to share their own personal stories.

Along with providing numerous diverse services, Touch Network runs storytelling celebration nights in coffee shops, bars, and other interesting and sociable places where anyone can come and listen to others speak about the different experiences they have had in their lives and how they have come out the other side stronger and more resilient.

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Mina’s involvement with the charity came through the University’s Excel Southampton placement programme. Her role as Business Development Assistant includes facilitating in the communication and promotion of the charity through its website and various social media platforms.


Specifically, Mina is aiding in the creation and implementation of online training videos that are to be published on the charity’s home website, and will support the training of new volunteers and speakers. In order to carry out her work, Mina has been able to utilize the practical editing skills gained through Critical Media Practice, and theory gained through Global Media 1&2.

For more information about Touch Network and how to get involved, please visit!

Gender, Technology and Enterprise

As part of this year’s programme of events under the theme ‘Gendering Technology’, two external guest speakers will be coming to campus on Wednesday 20th March, 10.30-12 in LTA.

Please also consider signing up for the afternoon workshop for an opportunity for active discussions on creative careers.

“Gender, Technology and Enterprise” Abstracts

Extending the location of ‘enterprise’ into life: Intimate geographies of the digital (Dr Carol Ekinsmyth)

Digital technologies are revolutionising where and when work (and by extension– enterprise) can be done. They are, in turn, changing who can perform this work, the nature of the skills required and the notion of the ‘ideal worker’. Gender identity can be understood as an outcome – rather than a cause – of working experiences (Butler 1990, Richardson 2018), and these are changed or potentially changed by digital technologies that enable work to extend beyond the formal workplace and into the home, family, social, leisure and ‘intimate’ spaces of the worker. Through the ambivalent and contested figure of the ‘mumpreneur’ (Ekinsmyth 2014) and its extreme – the parent-blogger – this mini-session will explore the gendered affordances and darker implications of the ‘digital workplace’ for enterprise.

How I accidentally became a ‘Digital Entrepreneur’ (Rebecca van Rooijen)

The presentation will cover a journey of a ‘professional’ Creative Industries career route in London to the accidental adoption of digital entrepreneurship and the founding of a groundbreaking business. 13 years on, the business has adopted its own working practices developed from learnings and experiences from the ‘traditional working environment’ and had adapted these for a work life balance and an unmasculine ‘female way of working’. The uses of philanthropic ideals throughout its approach will also be covered, a founding core principal which led to its foundation.

“Gender, Technology and Enterprise” Biographies

Carol Ekinsmyth is a Human Geographer at the University of Portsmouth who specialises in work, labour and entrepreneurship and their relationships to ‘place’. Her research has often taken a gender-lens to these subjects, recently in her examination of the phenomenon of ‘mumpreneurship’, and previously as applied to freelance work and self-employment in the creative industries. She is currently working on the embeddedness of creative industry businesses in medium sized cities.

Originally trained as a Jewellery Designer, Rebecca van Rooijen has amassed over 20 years’ experience in the Jewellery Industry. Through a varied and unique career path which has included amongst other things managing the Goldsmiths’ Fair jewellery selling event which generated £3M in sales in 7 days; delivering the regeneration and communication focused £3.5M Jewellery Sector Investment Plan for London Borough of Camden; and latterly having designed and delivered a regeneration project; the £17.5M Goldsmiths’ Centre in Central London. She is Founder of Benchpeg, the online jewellery resource established in 2006, which also publishes the first to market weekly, digital newsletter for the UK jewellery industry with 10k subscribers. She is a Freeman of the City of London, a non-executive Committee Member of the Goldsmiths’ Company, a Trustee of Bishopsland Educational Trust and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.


GMM Study Visit to the V&A (18 February 2019)

As part of this year’s programme of events under the theme ‘Gendering Technology’, GMM students and lecturers took a study visit to London’s Victoria & Albert museum. In the morning we visited the special exhibition ‘Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt’, which was prefaced by an introduction from exhibition curator Marie Foulston. In the afternoon we were introduced to the V&A’s brand new Photography Centre by Dr Mihaela Brebenel. Dr Brebenel also provided students with information about specific exhibits and questions to consider throughout the visit.

Introduction by Marie Foulston

The ‘Videogames’ exhibition delved into one of the most significant design fields of our time, investigating the work of groundbreaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today. In addition to exploring other themes in games design, students were able to observe how gendered representation, gendered production, and gendered reception interact in the process of making video games. Students were also asked to consider how digital culture and its artefacts are presented in an institutional space like a museum, within a temporary exhibition (Videogames) and as part of the permanent collection (the Photography Centre). Following the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection, which has enabled a dramatic reimagining of the way photography is presented at the V&A, the new Photography Centre opened on 12th October 2018. The V&A’s photography collection comprises over 300,000 images dating from 1839 to the present, and the first phase of the centre will more than double the space dedicated to photography at the Museum.

You can find a selection of images from the study visit below.


GMM students visit the Archives Collections in Southampton

On Tuesday 26 February, following the lecture on Archival Methods as part of the core module Professional and Academic Skills 2, the students of the MA Global Media Management went to Highfield Campus to visit the Archives Searchroom in Hartley Library. Students were able to engage with a wide range of archives from the different collections in the University of Southampton, including the Wellington Archive, the Broadlands Archive, the Palmerston Archive, the Mountbatten Papers, the Anglo-Jewish Archives, and the Archaelogy Collections.

The Archives Collection at Southampton includes over seven million manuscript items. Although some archives were held since the 1860s, it was the arrival of the archives of Arthus Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, in 1982, that marked the beginning of the archives as we know them today. Karen Robson and team had kindly prepared a selection of these manuscripts. Students were able to reflect on the research value of archives and familiarise themselves with the process of requesting and consulting materials for research purposes.