Interactive Workshop: Decoding Gender in the Media

Workshop outline

This interactive, hands-on workshop workshop, developed by Gender Research Centre members Natalie Jester and Jutta Weldes in 2014, allows Bristol Sixth Form students to interact directly with University of Bristol students and staff. After a brief introduction to key concepts about gender and media analysis, students (primarily 6th form but also some University of Bristol undergraduates) then work in small groups with University staff and postgraduate facilitators.

The small groups use the analytical concepts to dissect representations of gender, sexuality, and other intersectional identities in media artefacts such as advertisements, film, video games, social media, television and music. As part of the workshop students will learn to undertake their own empirical research, analyse the resulting data and present their analyses to the group.

2017-18 Workshop

This workshop has been cancelled due to UCU strike action

We are currently planning for the 2017-18 workshop, which will be held in early 2018, depending on the schedules of the participating Bristol schools. Jutta and Nat are grateful to Henrietta Wilson for her help in planning and organising this year’s workshop, which we eagerly anticipate.  

February 2017 workshop

Thanks to excellent feedback from students and facilitators on the 2014 workshop, we decided to make this an annual event. The second version of the workshop (5 November 2015) was part of the ESRC-sponsored Thinking Futures programme and University of Bristol's Schools University Partnership Initiative, and the 2017 workshop was funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Widening Participation fund.

Previous years' workshops

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