CFP: Feminist Media Histories Special Issue on “Gender and Labor in Media Histories”

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Cultural History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal



Special Issue on “Gender and Labor in Media Histories”

Guest Editor: Denise McKenna


We invite proposals for a special issue of Feminist Media Histories on the topic of Gender and Labor. All media production depends on the combined effort of skilled workers whose labor is circumscribed by gender and by historical context. Recent scholarship in The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media (Maxwell, 2015) demonstrates the complex and expansive issues raised by research into media labor, from international outsourcing and labor activism to the impact of contemporary neoliberal policies. This issue will add to a growing body of scholarship by focusing on the question of how gender and labor intersect in media production. We are interested in articles that will explore this question in relation to a range of media and historical contexts, and are particularly interested in submissions from beyond North America and the UK.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

feminist readings of media labor practices

women’s roles in producing media

unpaid labor in media production

gender politics and social media

media consumption as gendered labor

material impact of media labor on workers and the environment

gendered media labor and the global market

trade unions and gendered media labor


Interested contributors should contact Guest Editor Denise McKenna directly, sending a 300-word proposal to by January 15, 2017.


Contributors will be notified about acceptance by February 1, 2017.  Accepted articles will be due May 1, 2017.  All submissions will be sent out for peer review shortly thereafter. The issue is scheduled for a Winter 2018 release (Feminist Media Histories 4.1). 



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Guest Editor for Feminist Media Histories: Denise McKenna (University of Southern California)

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