Birmingham Centre for Media and Culture Research invites proposals for a one-day symposium at Birmingham City University, UK on Thursday 27th July 2017.
This is a Women’s Network Event Funded by MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network and Birmingham Centre for Media and Culture Research.

The symposium aims to bring together African women working in the media in the UK, and, academics in the field of media and communications concerned with media, diaspora, race, gender, and representation.

Aims and Objectives

The objectives are to engage in debates on issues affecting African women in the media, provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry, and opportunities for networking.

With a focus on news media, the central questions the symposium will seek to answer are:

  • What challenges do African women working in the British media face?
  • How are these challenges being addressed? How might they be?

The symposium is timely in Brexit Britain, and the rise of right-wing populist politics, particularly in relation to debates around the representation of race and immigration in the news.

Several studies have demonstrated a lack of gender equality and diversity in the journalism industry in the UK. The IWMF’s Global Report of the Status of Women in News Media (2011:13) found that although female journalists made up 45% of the UK’s news media industry, “women face a glass ceiling that seems fixed at the junior professional level”. A 2016 report by City University London also found that only 0.2% of journalists in the UK are black.

Ethnic, diasporic and transnational media can and are helping to address issues around the alienation of ethnic groups in the mainstream media (Georgiou, 2004; Cottle, 2005; Cohen, 2008). However, the representation of women is still limited.

Worth of Award

They will be offering a small number of travel bursaries for PhD students (up to a maximum of £50). If you would like to be considered for the bursary, please let us know.


They welcome proposals for papers from both academic and industry speakers, and practice presentations.

Perspectives may include, but are not limited to:

  • News, gender, and power
  • Intersectionality
  • Diaspora
  • Representation
  • Race
  • African feminism
  • Gender politics and production practices
  • Equality and diversity in the news media
  • Identity
  • Transnational and ethnic media
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Fame

The long-term aim is to establish a permanent, action orientated, supportive, and, empowering network that bridges academia and industry.

Keynote speaker: Minna Salami is the Keynote Speaker. Minna Salami is the founder of MsAfropolitan, a journalist, writer and speaker on African, Diaspora and feminist issues.

How to Apply

Please send abstracts of 150 words including a short bio to:Dr Yemisi Akinbobola (yemisi.akinbobola[at]

Deadline: application closes Wednesday 31 May 2017 

Click link for more details and to apply 

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