Students Lead the Day at GMM ‘Gendering Technology’ Workshops

On 5th December 2018, students and staff at WSA took part in a series of Critical Media Practice workshops, focused around the theme of ‘Gendering Technology’. The workshops developed practical skills, but also explored the gendered dimensions of technology’s access and use, and the framing of debates around gender identities and technology. Half of the workshops were led by students on the Global Media Management MA, who took the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills by sharing their knowledge with others.

In the first workshop, Summer Xia (a GMM student) talked about what it’s like to manage a video website, introducing the ways a manager cooperates with other departments in the company. Through examples, she took participants through the challenges of building and coordinating a video website. She also answered questions they had about the industry.

Workshop two was led by another GMM student, Tom Carey. In this workshop Tom gave a brief description of the different software available for performing with video and motion graphics live, and the advantages and disadvantages of two main competitors and examples of their potential use. A demonstration of ArKaos GrandVJ followed, with supporting documentation available as a handout. After a short discussion of the gendered aspects of this technology, there was an opportunity for participants to have a go at VJing themselves!

In workshop three Adam Procter (Programme Leader for the BA in Games Design and Art at WSA) talked to students about the position of women in the video games industry, from design to coding to content. Participants were asked to share their favourite games, and then a short activity followed in which we researched how women are represented both in these games, and in the companies that design them.

The final workshop of the day was led by Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé and Dr Mihaela Brebenel. They gave a brief history of collage, and the resistant practice of zine-making. Participants were then given the chance to explore the practice of zine-making for themselves, creating a collaborative zine around the themes of ‘gender’ and ‘technology’.

More details about the aim and scope of the day are available in the original post. Click the gallery below to view images from the workshops:

 

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‘Gendering Technology’: GMM Critical Media Practice Workshops (5th December 2018)

As part of the MA in Global Media Management, this year we will be offering Critical Media Practice workshops on the theme of Gendering Technology. These will take place on Wednesday, 5th December between 10am and 1pm.

Technology has alternately been held responsible for producing and reproducing gender norms, and hailed as the saviour of minorities (especially women) by providing the tools for their liberation from oppression. The reality is somewhere in the middle, ‘between technophobia and technophilia’.[1]We are interested in examining this mutually-defining relationship between gender and technology, exploring the gendered dimensions of technology’s access and use, and the framing of debates around gender identities and technology.

Do you have a skill or media practice experience that you would like to share? We are also very keen to include student-led workshops, including smaller numbers of participants and ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. This may take the form of a tutorial, where participants learn hands-on how to make something, or it may simply be a short talk followed by questions from the participants. Leading a workshop can be an excellent experience from the perspective of thinking critically about media practice, and it also looks very impressive on your CV. Please send all expressions of interest to m.j.de-bruin-mole@soton.ac.uk by 16th November 2018.

Workshops will include:

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Parallel student-led workshops (capped at 5-10 students) in SR 1+2

  • ‘Looking Inside the Operations of a Video Website’, led by Summer Xia in SR1

  • ‘Live Visuals: How to do Realtime VJ Performance with Arkaos Grand VJ’, led by Tom Carey in SR2

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‘Women in Games’, led by Adam Procter in Lecture Theatre B

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‘Art vs Craft: Collage and Zine-Making as Feminist Practice’, led by Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé and Dr Mihaela Brebenel in SR 1 (capped at 15 students)

[1]Wajcman, J. (2007). ‘From Women and Technology to Gendered Technoscience’. Information, Communication & Society, 10(3), 287–298.

Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award

The MA Global Media Management Team have been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award. The award recognises dedicated and innovative teaching.

The nomination outlines how “the teaching team have distinguished themselves through a collegiate approach and a commitment to developing innovative ways to engage students through research-informed and technology-enhanced learning.”

The nomination also highlighted the following:

Congratulations and farewell GMM class 2017-18

It was a lovely sunny day for our end of year celebrations and farewell for the GMM class of 2017-18…

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(From https://twitter.com/LiShuoen/status/1021547415512539154)

 

The Work of Storytelling project showcase

On 29th and 30th May, the Transforming Creativity research group and MA in Global Media Management co-hosted a symposium on “The Work of Storytelling”. On the second day of the symposium staff and students from across the University of Southampton were invited to share their current research, and encouraged to seek out possibilities for future collaboration (read more about that here). The first day of the symposium was focused on student projects from GMM.

Students had the opportunity to hear talks from industry experts Dr Matt Freeman, Emma May from Emmerse Studios, and Dan Norris from Atelier Studios. Students also got to participate in a workshop with Dan Norris, where they were asked to respond to a sample project brief.

Students also got the chance to display their final projects from Global Media 2 in an exhibition, where they presented their work and received feedback from Dr Matt Freeman and Emma May.

For their GM2 projects, students worked in groups to create a social media influencer profile, a news website, or a transmedia story. It was very rewarding to see the results of all their labour!

More information about the symposium, including the full list of speakers, can be found at the event website. You can also find tweets from the symposium at the Twitter hashtags #gmmstorytellingand #wsastorytelling.

Q&A with Rebecca Li (2016-17 alumni)

Here at GMM we’re always excited to hear what recent alumni have been up to. Most recently, we spoke to Rebecca Li.

1. Why did you choose GMM at WSA/University of Southampton?

I used to study Public Relations and Advertising in college, and I wanted to study further in this area. When I searched online, I was quite interested in the Research and Design module at GMM. In addition, University of Southampton is on the top 100 university Times ranking list, and I really like the location of it. It’s warmer and close to London.

To be honest, I am thinking about applying to another master’s degree or PhD to continue study in the future!

2. What are you currently doing?

I am a marketing specialist in a company in Beijing: Counton Global Mobility Solutions. This company is mainly for education consultant immigration advice and investment management. My duties include online media platform operation, like editing online articles, posting on social media, collecting or making videos and so on.

3. In what ways does your time on GMM and at WSA/University of Southampton help you with this?

GMM helped me gain knowledge about new media, and showed me how to engage with audiences on a public platform. I also gained some knowledge about data analysis and research methods, such as content analysis. It’s quite helpful for me in my current work. In addition, I’ve started to write my own blog online, which is about my travel experiences, makeup tutorials or randomly daily updates. If you have interest, please search online for the WeChat official account: 没谱频道.

4. Advice to current GMM students

Studying at the University of Southampton was a great experience in my life. I miss it there, and hope to visit soon. Thank you to all the teachers in GMM! Thank you for your efforts to give us many amazing lectuers. I hope you are all well.

Work of Storytelling – programme ready

We are pleased to share with you the programme for the forthcoming “Work of Storytelling” symposium hosted by the Transforming Creativity Research Group and MA Global Media Management.

This symposium explores the working practices and dynamics that shape contemporary storytelling. In an age when lives are increasingly branded, gamified, and narrativized, how do our stories get created and communicated? What are the challenges of meaning-making across media? Focusing on digital media transformations, this symposium encourages discussions that interrogate the “work” (rather than the “art”) of storytelling.

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