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"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind": why representation matters - cancelled

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Past event - 2022
09 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club, 60 Hampton Street,
Birmingham B19 3LU
Tonight's talk is concerned with the ways in which specific groups are (or are not as the case may be) represented in the media. Not only will we examine who is represented, but how they are represented, and the ways in which these representations impact how we live.


I love an awkward Black girl on TV

Dr Kadian Pow (Lecturer in Sociology & Black Studies at Birmingham City University)
Forget the ‘bad ass’, infallible woman on TV. I have never identified with her. No matter how successful I become, the awkward girl — especially the Black ones — own my heart. They are the unsung representations of an authentic self that often hides behind the inflated chests (both senses of the term) we see on social media. They are not shy, but decidedly uncool. For that, I celebrate them.

Come and play with me: looking at the language used to represent gender in video games

Dr Frazer Heritage (Research Fellow in the Department of Criminology and Sociology at Birmingham City University)
There is a wealth of research and popular feminist critique which argues that women are hyper-sexualised in video games. However, this background research usually focuses on the visual aspects of games. This talk explores the language of video games and how it is used to represent gender. Through computer-assisted linguistic methods, I answer questions such as: ‘what adjectives are used to describe female characters?’ and ‘what characters are more likely to be the recipient of a verb?’. I argue we need to look beyond visual representations and challenge gender norms across communicative modes.

Other Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club events

2022-05-11 What's in a name? How language shapes society Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom
2022-05-10 Real issues, real people, real data: how lived experience can contribute to a more equitable society - CANCELLED Cafe Artum, Hockley Social Club 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU, United Kingdom