About Feminist Networks and the Conjuncture

The contemporary conjuncture has been marked by continual struggles for gendered liberation - for education and equal pay, for an inclusive media, against violence, and by movements like Ni Una Menõs and #MeToo. Media and communications have played a formative role within this conjuncture, from suppressing reporters and the free press to the now horrifically normalized abuse that women, people of color, trans people and other marginalized groups receive on social media. In this podcast, we ask: what is happening to feminism within this conjuncture? Feminist media and communication scholars discuss a range of feminist issues, from #MeToo to campus sexual violence to care networks to misogynoir and more.

About the host

Sarah Banet-Weiser

Sarah Banet-Weiser is a joint Annenberg Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She writes and teaches on a range of issues, including feminist theory, race and the media, youth culture, popular and consumer culture, and citizenship and national identity. Her published writing includes 4 books, 3 co-edited anthologies, and dozens of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews, including Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship; Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture (winner of ICA’s 2013 Outstanding Book Award), and Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny. She is the co-editor of Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times, and Racism Post-Race, among others. She was the editor of the flagship journal of the American Studies Association, American Quarterly, the co-editor of the International Communication Association, Communication, Culture, Critique; and the founding co-editor of the first Communication book series at New York University Press, Critical Cultural Communication Studies. She is an elected ICA Fellow, and is currently the founder and director of the Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication. Her latest book, Believability, co-authored with Kathryn Higgins, focuses on media and sexual violence and will be published in early 2023.

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