BCU Network for Research on Gender – 19 May

Thursday 19 May, 3pm-5pm, C003 (Curzon Building)

The first seminar by the BCU Network for Research on Gender features a paper by Dr Annette Naudin and Karen Patel, both from the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Their paper is titled: 

Entangled expertise: Women’s use of social media in entrepreneurial work.

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Abstract

This paper addresses issues of identity and professionalism for female cultural entrepreneurs by drawing on the online activities of a small group of women. We investigate the construction of professional identities as expressed through social media activities, in this case, we focus on twitter as a key platform for cultural workers. Our key question is: How do women cultural entrepreneurs use online platforms to perform expertise? We draw on contemporary feminist debates (Gill, 2002, 2007; McRobbie, 2004, 2015) to evaluate the presentation of women’s expertise in public spaces such as Twitter. Social media platforms are important to self-employed cultural workers as a means of reaching markets and promoting the entrepreneur’s brand identity, but beyond self-enhancement, how are notions of expertise negotiated by individual cultural entrepreneurs and how does this relate to gender and work? Given the well documented gender and ethnic inequalities in cultural and creative industry work (Oakley, 2014; Gill, 2002), what does the social media content generated by individual women tell us about the nature of professional female identities within neoliberal economies?

Speaker bios

Dr Annette Naudin

Annette Naudin is senior lecturer in media and cultural entrepreneurship and is an Enterprise Education fellow of the National Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship. She has run creative enterprise conferences, published and presented on the subject. Annette is a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Annette completed her PhD (2015) at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, at the University of Warwick, exploring the cultural and media worker’s experience of entrepreneurship.

Karen Patel

Karen Patel is a second year postgraduate researcher in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Her PhD is funded by the AHRC Midlands 3 Cities scheme and her supervisors are Professor Paul Long (BCU) and Professor Mark Banks (Leicester). For her PhD she is looking at the social media use of artists, particularly how artists perform expertise on social media, and the role of social media in cultural labour.

BCU researcher to reveal secrets of songwriting in BBC World Service documentary

On Saturday May 7th, Dr Simon Barber, a research fellow in the School of Media, will present an hour-long BBC World Service radio documentary called The Secrets of Songwriting along with his colleague Brian O’Connor. Together, the pair make up the Liverpool-based songwriting team Sodajerker.

Dr Simon Barber (left) and

Dr Simon Barber (left) and Brian O’Connor

The BBC programme derives from the duo’s hugely popular podcast, Sodajerker On Songwriting, featuring some of the world’s most renowned songwriters talking about their working processes and sharing the stories behind their biggest hits.

The show will include contributions from a range of guests heard on the Sodajerker podcast such as Motown legend Lamont Dozier, Brill Building-era hitmakers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Andy Partridge of XTC and singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading.

Dr Simon Barber said, “We were thrilled when the BBC approached us to create this programme. The documentary is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our insights into songwriting with their worldwide audience.”

The Secrets of Songwriting is scheduled for broadcast in most parts of the world via digital radio on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 13.06 (14.06 in the UK because of daylight saving) and streaming online via the BBC website. It will also be made available thereafter as a BBC World Service podcast.