Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny @ University of Westminster
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics) – Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny

In 2017, we are living in a moment in North America and Europe where feminism has become, somewhat incredibly, popular. It seems as if everywhere you turn, there is an expression of feminism—on a t-shirt, in a movie, in the lyrics of a pop song, in an inspirational Instagram post. There are many different feminisms that currently circulate in popular culture across all media platforms, some connecting with synergy, others struggling for priority and visibility. But feminism is not the only popular phenomenon we need to contend with in the early 21st century. For every popular feminist practice or expression, there is always an accompanying hostile rejoinder or challenge, regardless of the mediated space in which it occurred — whether that was social media, or the legal realm, or corporate culture.

In this talk, Professor Banet-Weiser will discuss the ways in which contemporary popular feminism re-imagines and re-directs what “empowerment” means for girls and women, and how it is restructuring feminist politics within neoliberal culture. For many, a broader acceptance of feminism as an identity, concept, and practice is exhilarating; yet, for those who find feminism to be a threat, this acceptance also stimulates fear, trepidation, aggression, and violence. This talk is about the deeply entwined relationship between the creation and expression of popular feminism and what Professor Banet-Weiser calls popular misogyny.


Sarah Banet-Weiser is Professor and Head of Department in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of four books, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (1999); Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (2007); Authentic™: Brand Culture and the Politics of Ambivalence (2012); and Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny (2018). She is the co-editor of three volumes, Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (2007); Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (2012), and the forthcoming Racism Post-Race (2019). She is currently the co-editor of Communication, Culture & Critique.

Women, The Miner’s Strike and The Media: Lessons for Our Troubled Times @ Tyneside Irish Centre
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm
Women, The Miner’s Strike and The Media: Lessons for Our Troubled Times @ Tyneside Irish Centre

This public meeting looks at media coverage of the miners’ strike, the role of women in the strike and afterwards, and unfinished business from the strike in the call by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign for a public inquiry into the policing at Orgreave on 18 June 1984.

In October 1992 the Tory government announced the closure of 31 pits with the loss of 31,000 jobs. This prompted Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC) to organise seven pit camps – one of which was at Vane Tempest in Seaham, County Durham. The Vigil: The Vane Tempest Colliery Pit Camp by Women Against Pit Closures, published earlier this year, tells the story and is a vivid
reminder of that time.


Kate Flannery, Secretary, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Nicholas Jones, former BBC Industrial and Political Correspondent, who covered the 1984-85 strike for BBC Radio

Jean Spence & Carol Stephenson. Jean was an active participant in the Vane Tempest Vigil in Seaham in 1993 and, with Carol, they have published a number of articles about gender, community and political activism with reference to coal mining, particularly in County Durham.

Meeting organised by Campaign for Press & Broadcasting (North) and NUJ Newcastle Branch

The Impact of Digital Technologies on the Newspaper Press in Mainland China @ University of Westminster
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Colin Sparks (Hong Kong Baptist University) – The Impact of Digital Technologies on the Newspaper Press in Mainland China

This contribution reviews the impact of digital technologies on Chinese newspapers. The diffusion of the smartphone has precipitated severe economic problems for the printed press. There have been falls in both readership and advertising revenues, which have had an effect on the structure of provincial-level press groups. The decline in economic viability has been felt most severely by the commercially-oriented titles, while the more politically-oriented papers have led the way in finding new sources of funding. These sources tend to tie journalism more tightly to political and economic power and for commercial goals to replace journalistic ones. This shifting balance of economic power has important consequences for the possibility of independent and critical journalism. The empirical material is specific to China, but it highlights more general theoretical questions as to the political economy of the media.


Professor Colin Sparks studied at Sussex, Oxford and Birmingham universities, receiving a doctoral degree from the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. For many years, he taught at the University of Westminster, where he directed the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). He joined Hong Kong Baptist University in August 2011. He has taught courses on a range of topics such as media and communication theory, critical theories of the media, new media and society, and comparative and international media. His research interests include media in transitional societies, comparative media systems and the impact of new media on media systems.

Media Coverage of Hate Speech and Discriminative Discourse in Turkey @ University of Westminster
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Yasemin İnceoğlu (University of Galatasaray, Turkey) – Media Coverage of Hate Speech and Discriminative Discourse in Turkey

Mainstream media in Turkey have gradually become a single voiced propaganda tool that portray a single pro-government perspective. Journalism apart from pro-government propaganda is punished by terminations, interrogations and imprisonment. Polarization between different segments of Turkish society is becoming more pronounced and intolerance more widespread. The mainstream media reproduce and pump hate, both openly and disguisedly based on the concepts such as racism, ethnical prejudice, xenophobia and anti-Semitism while creating its own agenda as the ideological apparatus of the state in Turkey.

In this contribution, Professor İnceoğlu will discuss hate speech, discriminatory discourse and dangerous speech, but also how the media represent the ideology of power. She will examine how hate speech is being disseminated or produced/reproduced by the media. Throughout the seminar, examples of hate speech towards political groups/ethnic origins, refugees, LGBTI groups, disabled ones, and others will be provided. The goal of this seminar is to unveil the existence and rise of hate speech in the absence of independent, accountable, transparent media and figure out the solutions and recommendations to combat with it.


Yasemin İnceoğlu is a Professor of Journalism as well as a member of the UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen and of the American Biography Institute. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University (1994), University of Salzburg (2003), New Delhi University (2014) and the European University Institute (2017). She is one of the founding members of the Media Watch Platform in Turkey (2008).

Professor İnceoğlu has been involved in several research projects and is/has been on the advisory board of initiatives investigating hate speech and hate crimes in the press. She has published several books, for example on political campaigning, women in the media and female journalists, hate speech and hate crimes, media and minorities and internet and activism. Her areas of research include international media, war and the media, persuasive communication and hate speech. She teaches Alternative Media and Journalism Rights, Communication Ethics, International Communication and Theories and Models of Communication.

Journocoders December Meetup @ The News Building
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM

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Journocoders December Meetup

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018, 7:00 PM

The News Building
1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF London, GB

5 Journocoders Attending

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Media Democracy Festival 2019
Mar 16 all-day