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We are inviting abstract submissions for a proposed anthology edited by
Jessalynn Keller (Middlesex University, London) and Maureen Ryan (DePaul
University, Chicago).

Over the past decade, feminist media scholars have described popular media
culture as dominated by a “postfeminist sensibility” (Gill 2007),
characterized by a disavowal of feminist politics (McRobbie 2009) and the
dominance of neoliberal discourses that promote individualism, success in
the capitalist marketplace, and heterosexual romance to women and girls.
According to this scholarship, postfeminism is pervasive and far-reaching,
ranging from “chick flicks” (McRobbie 2009) and makeover television (Weber
2009) to celebrity brands (Winch 2013) and self-made YouTube personalities
(Banet-Weiser 2012). However, over the past several years feminist politics
have become increasingly prevalent in both activist and commercial media,
complicating the logic that feminism is in retreat. What does this
“feminist zeitgeist” (Valenti 2014) suggest about the relationship between
femininity, feminism and contemporary media culture? Which feminisms attain
mediated visibility and which remain marginalized? And how might media
texts function as a useful lens to better understand emerging feminisms?

Guided by these questions, we seek chapters for an edited collection that
historicize, interrogate, and/or problematize postfeminism as the dominant
framework with which to understand gender politics within our current media
culture. In particular, we are interested in work that attempts to suggest
new modes of feminist media analysis at both the theoretical and empirical
levels that allow us to better understand the visibility and circulation of
feminist politics within media culture today.

Chapters may address the following topics:

* Representations of feminisms across media

* Global/regional feminist media practices, especially from Africa/Asia/
and Global South nations

* Feminism, capitalism, neoliberalism and media industries

* Historicizing feminism and postfeminism in texts and practices of earlier
feminist moments

* Digital feminisms, including campaigns such as #YesAllWomen and

* Mediated responses to rape culture and other feminist issues

* Feminist celebrities and celebrity media cultures

* The production of feminist connectivities and solidarities through media

* Feminism in irony, disavowal, and/or other negative affects

Please submit a 500-word abstract, a list of 5 references, and a brief bio
to Jessalynn Keller ([log in to unmask]) and Maureen Ryan (
[log in to unmask]) by *July 3, 2015.* Successful submissions
will be notified by the end of July.

Maureen E Ryan, PhD
Instructor, Media and Cinema Studies
DePaul University

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