Among the diversity of dissonant discourses now conveyed by the media, it is common to read or hear about how the condition of women has made considerable progress, both inside and outside the private sphere, at the same time as the media imaginary populates the public space images that sexually intensify women.

Data on the energetic feminisation of a wide range of professions, including the media and communication professions, coexist with evidence of wage inequalities between men and women, imbalances in access to positions of power and leadership in organizations, and conciliation with familiar life.

Cases of harassment and sexual violence easily gain unprecedented visibility through the internet and social networks that simultaneously normalize the objectification of women through imported representations of pornography and patterns of attractiveness that serve different industries. Also common are the speeches that, by galvanizing the idea of ​​personal choice and self-determination, reprivatize issues of public order, rescued over time from the personal and intimate sphere so that the staff could be political. Frequent are also the contradictory visions of feminism, sometimes given as guaranteed, sometimes disregarded. What this disharmonious landscape raises is the urgency of an investigation of a feminist matrix, that allows to problematize, from a gender perspective, not only the production, the consumption and the representations conveyed by the media, but also by the organizational communication, public relations or advertising in the current media ecosystem.

This is the challenge that Mediapolis edition 7 intends to launch, creating a space for discussion about Media, communication and gender, preferably fueled by original empirical research, that questions the gender and its intersections with other identity peculiarities and lines of investigation that the diversity of the multiple professions of communication allows, at the same time, to help the knowledge and understanding of the Portuguese communicational public space.

We accept contributions in various domains of the media-communication-gender relationship, including:

  • Gender, production and consumption
  • Gender and media representations
  • Gender and sexualities
  • Cyberspace, social networks and activism
  • Differences of gender and profession
  • Gender, culture and professional identity
  • Gender media and violence
  • Sexualization, trade and gender
  • Gender and active audiences

The articles must be sent by January 15, 2018 to the address, indicating in the subject: Call Mediapolis. They should follow the publication rules.

Mediapolis – Journal of Communication, Journalism and Public Space is a journal of the Research Group of Communication, Journalism and Public Space (GICJEP), Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the 20th Century (CEIS20) of University of Coimbra.

With the present edition, we intend to give public prominence to a research project that brings together a group of researchers from several disciplinary areas, but who find in the Communication Sciences their common pole of study and research. The project’s main concern is the investigation of communication, journalism and public space, not as disciplinary areas and watertight knowledge, but as socially relevant and related issues, from a scientific and critical perspective.

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