Women’s Studies Center and BeFem, feminist cultural center
Feminist Media Culture: Gender Production
Ever since 2014, in cooperation with Belgrade Women’s Studies Center, BeFem has organized the course “Feminist Media Culture: Gender Production”. Participants of this one-semester course discuss various media practices for production and representation of gender identities, as well as for media construction of social reality. Some of the lectures held throughout the years were: “A Woman as the Other: Representational Practices in the Media Discourse of the Contemporary Serbia” (Mirjana Mirosavljević Bobić and Jelena Višnjić), “Gender and Media Culture” (Jelisaveta Blagojević), “Calm Down Here, No-One is Queer : Representations of Non-Heterosexual Practices in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Movies” (Olga Dimitrijević), “Television, Representation and Gender” (Dubravka Đurić), “Reality Shows, Critical Reading and Media Literacy” (Marijana Matović), “Media Portrait of Minority Identities: The Case of Serbia” (Dragana Vučković), “Blood, Sweat and Tears of Women in Country Music: (Pop) Culture and Representation” (Magda Janjić and Jovana Gligorijević), “Miss Representation: Women in Public (Media) Space” (Tamara Skrozza), “Politics of Representation of Women in Politics: Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Amila Ždralović), “International Politics, Media and Human/Women’s/LGBT Rights” (Dušica Ristivojević).
All the lecturers within our course are active in media sphere (media theoreticians, media activists, journalists). Some of the media activists and theoreticians from the region and abroad also took part in the realization of this course, since BeFem (as well as Women`s Study Center) is oriented toward promotion and exchange of international, regional and local feminist practices and knowledge.
Through the process of interactive work and getting familiar with crucial concepts related to media and media communication, as well as with policies of gender representations in contemporary global society, the course strives to help students gain knowledge needed to analyze, critically rethink, compare and evaluate phenomena of contemporary media content and environment, and of cultural-media production, from the perspective of gender studies, but also through the broader prism of social sciences and humanities.