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(De-)Performing Gender in Popular Media

(Dé-)performer le genre dans les médias populaires

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Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Les équipes de la Sorbonne Nouvelle et de Panthéon Sorbonne, dans le cadre de Sorbonne Alliance, organisent un colloque interdisciplinaire préfigurateur du rapprochement entre les deux institutions sur les thématiques de genre. Les propositions de communication porteront cette année sur les jeux de réflexivité à l’œuvre au sein des médias et dans les pratiques des publics. Comment évoluent les représentations lorsque les stéréotypes de genre deviennent de plus en plus problématiques ?


Maison de la Recherche de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris, May 30-31, 2023


A scientific conference on the contested transformation of gender identities and politics in media cultures.

The Universities of Sorbonne Nouvelle (IRMECCEN team) and Panthéon Sorbonne (UMR ISJPS) are organizing a symposium to launch their collaboration on gender issues in the framework of the Sorbonne Alliance. 

Despite the abundance of research on the subject, the relationship between gender and media remains an innovative scientific project for several reasons. First, the complex nature and rapid evolution of media products, technology, and actors necessitates precise tracking of transformations in a media landscape where representations, forms, and production and consumption practices accumulate and juxtapose with new processes of remixing, sharing, co-creation, and contestation. Following the new wave of feminism spearheaded by the #MeToo movement and the long work of (self-) regulation of the media on the offered contents, it is necessary to analyze the coexistence of stereotyped images, which are always present on the screens, and of innovative and critical processes, which allow the coming to the foreground of women and minorities. 

Popular culture, especially media culture, is regularly underestimated in comparison to academic culture, even though it plays an increasingly important role in the daily lives of people of all generations. The influence of a culture accessible to the greatest number of people has been multiplied in recent decades by digital technology (social networks and platforms). It plays a major role in the education of values and intergenerational communication and constitutes the aesthetic and moral background of feminist and democratic aspirations.

The colloquium aims to present and deepen research on the topic of the gendering of media representations. The participants will seek to grasp the plurality of visions presented in the media and in their uses through the processes of staging and representation in both textual and visual forms, at a time when reflection is limited, difficult, yet very real. Two symposium will prioritize two main areas: popular music and television series. 

The goals of the symposium are: 

to deepen the methodological aspects of these themes and research fields by approaching them from a cross-disciplinary perspective. While focusing on the construction and limits of gender performance, the symposium will move beyond the concept of performativity to offer an empirical inquiry into reception and exploration of a pragmatist perspective; 

to consider interdisciplinary issues and foster the conversation between French and foreign researchers; to promote an enriched and updated understanding through the discussion of international scholarship around these central questions;

to foster and discuss the collective experience of the subject through (musical) performances and projections.

In order to meet these goals, the selection committee encourages submissions that approach the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives, in particular at the intersection of information and communication sciences, philosophy and aesthetics, media sociology, but also in relation to related disciplines such as political science, anthropology, literature, economics, etc.

Submission guidelines

The event will be held in French and English. Colleagues/ junior researchers wishing to present a paper are invited to submit a proposal before March 31, 2023

to the following email address: genre.medias.2023@gmail.com

Proposals should include an abstract of 200-300 words (one to two pages) and a one-page CV.  

Scientific direction and organization

  • Éric Maigret (IRMECCEN, Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Sandra Laugier (ISJPS, Panthéon Sorbonne)

Scientific Committee

  • Sophie Dubec (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Barbara Formis (Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Gérôme Guibert (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Amparo Lasén (Complutense de Madrid)
  • Amanda Lotz (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Raphaëlle Moine (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Marco Dell'Omodarme (Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Nick Rees Roberts (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • William Rothman (University of Miami)
  • Caroline San Martin (Panthéon Sorbonne)



  • Maison de la recherche, salle Claude Simon - 4 rue des Irlandais
    Paris, France (75)

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


  • Friday, March 31, 2023


  • genre, média, télévision, musique


  • Manon Renault
    courriel : genre [dot] medias [dot] 2023 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Eric Maigret
    courriel : eric [dot] maigret [at] sorbonne-nouvelle [dot] fr


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To cite this announcement

« (De-)Performing Gender in Popular Media », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1au1

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