Looking Back on the ‘Technologies of Gender’ Symposium

The annual GMM symposium (this year co-hosted with the iPIC research group) was once again a success, forging interactions across departments, disciplines and areas of expertise, and engaging students in the research culture at Winchester School of Art. Over 42 people pre-registered via Eventbrite, and we had more than 60 attendees at the symposium throughout the day, including students of the MA Global Media Management, further students from the University of Southampton, research and teaching staff at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and a few neighbouring institutions, including University of Winchester and University College London. There were ten speakers throughout the day, addressing topics across several disciplines and themes related to ‘Technologies of Gender’. The complete programme can be found at this link. Isabel Lopez, who spoke about online abuse, gender, and the Internet of Things, has kindly made her slides available (click here to download).

A number of GMM students were actively involved in the symposium, which included a student-led panel with presentations from Paola Peyret Boek, Bingqing Qian, and Weike Zhong. This was followed by a Q&A chaired by a GMM respondent, Tom Carey. Two students were also involved in the communication of the event, via Twitter and through photography and videography. The social media manager was Yaqiong Li, a postgraduate student in Global Media Management. She took charge of the GMM Twitter account, with guidance from her tutor, Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé. The hashtag #GenderTech19, which was created for attendees to share their observations and reflections on the symposium, saw a lot of traffic!

Yuqin Xiong, another postgraduate student at GMM, was responsible for morning photographs. In addition, Yuqin Xiong filmed and edited a video about the symposium, with assistance from her tutor, Dr. Estrella Sendra. Afternoon photographs were also by Dr Estrella Sendra.

A final student, Yue Xia, designed and distributed Audience Feedback Forms. The resulting report and findings are available to download at this link. The symposium was organised and chaired by three tutors of the MA in Global Media Management: Dr Mihaela Brebenel, Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé, and Dr Estrella Sendra. Its theme was curated in line with the MA annual theme of ‘Gender and Technology’, and the symposium was preceded by a series of related activities and events, as part of the MA Global Media Management, and the iPIC research group at WSA.

We had a wonderful time at the 2019 GMM symposium, and are already looking forward to next year’s iteration!

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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.