Catherine McGurren

Conference News

In News on March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am


Dear all,

We hope you have arrived home safely after the weekend.

 Many thanks once again to you all for your participation in the Women and Media conference.  We greatly enjoyed having you here in Belfast as our guests, and thank you for the stimulating ideas generated by the lectures, presentations and discussions.

We wish to extend our thanks to you all for making the conference a success, and we would like to wish you all the best in your future studies and research.

With warmest wishes,

Victoria, Leanne, Cat, and Rionnagh



We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Belfast tomorrow.

The conference will take place in the Canada Room, on the first floor of the main red-brick Lanyon Building.


You can now view the conference schedule here: Women and Media Conference Schedule


There is now just one week to go until the conference. Make sure you have booked all of your travel and acommodation. Do email us with any queries


The conference will be taking place in the beautiful Canada Room of the main Lanyon building of Queen’s University Belfast.


With less than a month until the conference, preparations are heating up! We will be emailing all delegaates a conference schedule very soon.


The call for papers is now closed – you should have heard back from us with information on registration, travel and accommodation. Feel free to contact us with any queries.


We are delighted to confirm that Dr. Laurel Forster will be joining us as a keynote speaker at the conference.


We are delighted to confirm Professor Sue Thornham as a keynote speaker.  Sue is a valued academic in the field of women and the media.


With less than a month to go until the deadline for abstracts, conference preparations are heating up.  We are delighted to be able to welcome conference delegates in the spectacular Lanyon Building at Queen’s University Belfast, which has hosted many of Ireland’s greatest literary and political figures.


The Call for papers is now available here on the website!

Email your submission to by the 10th February 2012.


The date for the conference has been confirmed as 9-10 March 2012


Conference Theme

In Call for Papers on February 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Women and Media Conference

9th-10th March 2012

Canada Room, Main Lanyon Building

Queen’s University Belfast

This two-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the multi-faceted
nature of women’s relationship with the media. Encompassing the press, art,
advertising and literature alongside a progressive shift towards more modern
forms such as social networking and blogging, this conference will look at the
media’s categorization and censorship of women through culture and the law,
issues of prostitution, abortion, illegitimacy, rape and asylums as well as
challenges to heteronormativity.

We seek to discuss the marginal experiences
of women and highlight the silences in the
news cycle, while acknowledging the ways in
which women have sought redress for this
silence, clawing back a female space in the
column inches.

We welcome (20 minute) papers that address,
but are not limited to, the following themes:

•Celebrity culture and the journalist’s cult of
•Media treatment of rape and abortion
•Historical aspects of newspaper reporting
•Censorship, victimisation and exploitation
•Social networking and feminism in media
•Representations of female criminality
•Political control of the media
•Silence and absent voices
•Spectacle and hysteria

The call for papers has now closed, but anyone interested in attending the conference can now register by clicking the registration link at the top of this page.

About First Mondays Gender Research Forum

In First Mondays Research Forum on November 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm


The International Research Forum on Women at Queen’s serves as a meeting place for researchers with an interest in the history of women and gender.

There is a seminar series which take place each semester in the McClay library.

For details, see:


For further information, please email Professor Catherine Clinton at or