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!