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Winchester School of Art

Valentina Cardo - ‘A Bloody Difficult Woman’, ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ and ‘A Nasty Woman’: discussing gender online during UK, NZ and US elections Seminar

Valentina Cardo
16:00 - 17:30
7 February 2018
Harvard Suite (Room Number 3032), WSA

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Event details

This paper investigates how women political leaders use digital technologies to shape the political agenda. It focuses on the online presence of women representatives in order to assess whether they feminise (Lovenduski, 2005) political debate. I am interested in finding out whether social media provides a space for political women to become a critical mass, able to change masculine norms of political debate and redefine what counts as political concern.

Speaker information

Dr Valentina Cardo, has a PhD in politics from the University of East Anglia. She has held academic positions in the UK, the USA and NZ. She joined WSA in June 2016 from the University of Auckland (NZ). Valentina’s core research interest are located around questions of power and the changing relationship between the media and traditional modes of political and civic agency. She writes on the ways in which political ideas, values and practices are communicated through popular tools (from popular culture to social media). Valentina is co-editing a three volume Encyclopaedia of Gender and Communication commissioned by Wiley, co-writing a monograph (with Prof Karen Ross, Newcastle University) on the ways in which gender impacts on political uses of digital media and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture (and is responsible for the Social Media and Activism and Politics and Media sections). She has recently been selected to take part in the Engaging with Government AHRC programme, a three-day event designed to build links between policy makers and academia and to develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of research.

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