Feminist Scholarship

Mission:

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Feminist Scholarship is interested in exploring the relationship of gender and communication, both mediated and non-mediated, within a context of feminist theories, methodologies, and practices.

The Division explores issues such as feminist teaching; international commonalities and differences by race, class and gender; women's alternative media; and feminist cultural studies. Members support and encourage feminist scholarship in other divisions, and work with the Committee on the Status of Women to link scholarship to issues concerning women professionals.

Announcements:

Announcing a new book on transnational feminist and media studies out this month.

Diana and Beyond: White femininity, national identity and contemporary media culture
University of Illinois Press, November 2014).   By Raka Shome

Analyzes the global circulation of white femininity.  Examines the relation between white femininity and nation in contemporary media.

Moves from ideas on the positioning of privileged white women in global neoliberalism to the emergence of new formulations of white femininity in the millennium.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/54tky7xw9780252038730.html

Advance Praise:

"Brings together one of the most talked about images in recent history, Princess Diana, with one of the least talked about, whiteness. It is a brilliant move, to see, scrutinize and show the elusive, and to many people invisible, structures of white femininity in one of its most visible and vivid manifestations. Combining a painstaking analysis of Diana's immediate historical and cultural context with a wide sense of her connection to other prominent images of white femininity, the book lucidly opens up the gender and ethnic specificities of particular, but also broad and familiar, instances of motherhood, fashion, nation, masculinity, and spirituality. This is a major contribution to cultural history and celebrity studies as well as the fields of gender and whiteness, beautifully written, always enthralling."--Richard Dyer, author of White: Essays on Race and Culture and Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society

"Well-researched and theoretically sophisticated, this work asks disturbing questions of contemporary neoliberal politics. By focusing on the significance of Princess Diana's whiteness, Shome's work takes us beyond post-imperial, postcolonial analyses of whiteness, by engaging instead with neoliberalism and globalization. Moving between the ethos of New Labour's 'Cool Britannia' and the Coalition government's demands for a skewed and cruel austerity, this work re-inflects race, class and sexuality in contemporary culture in new and significant ways. Without a doubt, one of the most significant books to be written about the intertwining of race, class and gender on the one hand and neoliberalism and multiculturalism on the other."--Radhika Mohanram, co-author of Imperialism as Diaspora: Race, Sexuality, and History in Anglo-India

"Diana and Beyond generates astute understandings not only of the culture of the contemporary UK but also of transnationalized regimes of gender, privilege, and social class. Raka Shome has produced a genuinely intellectually exciting book that is adept at analyzing important cultural phenomena too often written off as ephemeral, apolitical and 'feminine.'"--Diane Negra, author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom

"Shome's book is expertly-written and much-needed, connecting whiteness studies with concerns about neoliberalism and global media cultures."--Catherine R. Squires, author of The Post-Racial Mystique:Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century

Members:

  • Paula M Gardner, Chair
  • Natalia Rybas, Vice-Chair
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