‘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:

10-11

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

11-12

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

12-1

‘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.

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Module recap: Critical Media Practice

In October and November, GMM students undertook the Critical Media Practice module.

Module description
This module will introduce you to the creative practices, technical skills and conceptual frameworks required to produce critical media projects in a range of media (for example, video, photography, web) in a digital environment. It will explore the ways in which contemporary media production, participation and consumption are shaped by their historical, technological and everyday contexts. Through practice workshops, exploring key examples from alternative and experimental media, you will be encouraged to produce work that is analytical and critical of established media conventions.

The module focused on the critical exploration of four areas of media practice: web, photography, video and social media.

There were fascinating presentations:

There were playful and inventive media practice workshops:

And a day exploring VR and gaming, undertaking creative problem solving tasks, curating playlists, reimagining emojis, and sharing critical responses:

 

Welcome GMM 2017-18 students

On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September we welcomed the new cohort of GMM students.

Our induction week theme this year was Global Media Memes and we spent time creating and sharing memes on #wsagmm

Then we joined together for a show and a cuppa