‘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.

Workshops will include:

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.

More details will follow as the date draws nearer.

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

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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.

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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Data Visualisation symposium

On Wednesday 14th June MA Global Media Management hosted its third annual symposium. This year’s theme, connecting to our earlier study visit and guest lecture, was on data visualisation. Three speakers presented their research and the concluded with a roundtable discussion:

  • Dr Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth): Scraping, Sorting and Storytelling: Dealing with Data in Social Justice Research
  • Cath Sleeman (Nesta): Data visualisation in practice
  • Cristian Hernández (data scientist): From Open to Public Data: a Citizen Data Science Approach (presentation available here)

There was also a selection of student work from the MA Communication Design programme’s 2016 “Data Physicalisation” exhibition. The project asked students to collect data on the topic of E-Waste and to represent that data in physical form. The brief provides further information and there is an overview of images from the exhibition.

Here are some of the tweets and pictures from the day:

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Creative Organisations

On Friday 27th May, GMM hosted its second annual research symposium. This year the title/theme was ‘Creative Organisations’ and the aim was to explore how creativity is understood and put to use in different organisations, and the forms of organisation associated within the cultural and creative industries.

Please see symposium page for details of the full programme/speakers. Some of the Twitter coverage is below:

Thanks also to Ling Suet Hui for these great pictures: