Black Women in Britain and the Media

12th Nov 2018, 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Edge Hill University

‘Black Women in Britain and the Media’.  Dr. Francesca Sobande, a session co-hosted by GenSex and ErRS: Edge Hill University’s Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar

How are the lives of Black women in Britain shaped by their media representation? In what ways are Black women in Britain using the internet and representing themselves online? How are the intersections of racism, sexism and capitalism implicated in this? Such questions are pertinent at a point in time when Black women are increasingly regarded as ‘digital trendsetters’, yet are still under-represented amidst media and marketing industries. Black women in Britain have scarcely been the focus of media, marketing and cultural studies, let alone those that foreground their use of online content and platforms. Therefore, this session explores the media experiences of Black women in Britain, including the ways in which these can involve forms of self-representation, self-education and solidarity, as such individuals seek out themselves on screen.

Dr. Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in marketing and advertising at Edge Hill University, with a background in sociology and politics. Her work addresses issues regarding identity, ideology and intersecting inequalities in relation to digital media and markets. It particularly explores the online and media experiences of Black women. She has published work in the ‘European Journal of Cultural Studies’ and in books such as ‘HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power’. Francesca is co-editing the forthcoming collection ‘To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe’ (Pluto Press), with Prof. Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick).

This event is part of the GenSex Annual Programme of Events

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Chair: Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards

Co-Chairs: Dr Emma Deeks, Jess Tillings.