1st Edition

Reflections on Feminist Communication and Media Scholarship Theory, Method, Impact

Edited By Stine Eckert, Ingrid Bachmann Copyright 2021
    204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection brings together ten of the most distinguished feminist scholars whose work has been celebrated for its excellence in helping to lay the foundation of feminist communication and media research.

    This edited volume features contributions by the first ten renowned communication and media scholars that have received the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship from the Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) of the International Communication Association (ICA): Patrice M. Buzzanell, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Radha Sarma Hegde, Dafna Lemish, Radhika Parameswaran, Lana F. Rakow, Karen Ross, H. Leslie Steeves, Linda Steiner, and Angharad N. Valdivia. These distinguished scholars reflect on the contributions they have made to different subfields of media and communication scholarship, and offer invaluable insight into their own paths as feminist scholars. They each reflect on matters of power, agency, privilege, ethics, intersectionality, resilience, and positionality, address their own shortcomings and struggles, and look ahead to potential future directions in the field. Last but not least, they come together to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, marginalized people, and vulnerable populations, and to underline the crucial need for feminist communication and media scholarship to move beyond Eurocentrism toward an ethics of care and global feminist positionality.

    A comprehensive and inspiring resource for students and scholars of feminist media and communication studies.


    Carolyn M. Byerly, Natalia Rybas, and Marian Meyers

    Introduction: Squaring Feminist Scholarship with Media and Communications Studies

    Ingrid Bachmann and Stine Eckert 

    Part I: Reflecting the Past

    1. Feminist Editing of a Mainstream Journal: Reckoning with Process and Content Related Challenges

    Dafna Lemish

    2. The Lunchroom Sessions: Lessons in Vulnerability and Resistance from a Junior High Cafeteria

    Meenakshi Gigi Durham

    3. Designing Feminist Resilience

    Patrice M.  Buzzanell

    Part II: Taking Stock of the Present

    4. A Feminist Odyssey from the Personal to the Public

    Lana F. Rakow

    5. Suffrage Media Historiography and Status Politics

    Linda Steiner

    6. Memory, Media, and Gender Violence in Kenya: Revisiting the St. Kizito Secondary School Crime of 1991

    H. Leslie Steeves

    7. Feminist Endurance: Global Elisions and the Labor of Critique

    Radha Sarma Hegde

    Part III: Writing the Future

    8. A Negotiated Feminist Agenda: Doing Politics, Researching News, Going Digital

    Karen Ross

    9. Feminist Media Studies: We Need to Take Intersectionality Seriously

    Angharad N. Valdivia

    10. Global Feminist Positionality (GFP): Coordinates of Time, Space, and Location in Research

    Radhika Parameswaran 

    11. What Is Happening Here?: Re-imagining Feminist Communication and Media Work amid a Global Pandemic

    Ingrid Bachmann, Patrice M. Buzzanell, Carolyn M. Byerly, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Stine Eckert, Radha Sarma Hegde, Dafna Lemish, Lana F. Rakow, Karen Ross, Radhika Parameswaran, H. Leslie Steeves, Linda Steiner, and Angharad N. Valdivia

    Conclusion: Community, Deep Analysis, and Self-Reflexivity: Feminist Media and Communication Scholars Urge That Our Work Must Be Intersectional

    Stine Eckert and Ingrid Bachmann


    Stine Eckert is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of media, gender, and minorities as well as the democratic potential of new media for publics.

    Ingrid Bachmann is Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. A former reporter, her research explores the role of the news media in the definition of meanings within the public sphere.

    "This outstanding array of honored feminist scholars shines a light on current issues, debates, and paradoxes in feminist media studies. These essays are a dazzling tour through the labyrinthine development of feminist media scholarship, an invaluable resource for students and scholars interested in the past and future of this fertile area of study."Andrea L. Press, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology, University of Virginia, USA

    "This remarkable collection of essays by ten outstanding communication and media studies scholars brings together timely and unique perspectives on this important and growing field of research. A must-read."Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh, Richard M. Fairbanks Professor, Butler University, USA 

    "Eckert and Bachmann have assembled a powerful choir of feminist communication scholars that have critically and collectively fueled research, mentoring, teaching, and activism in the field. This wonderful volume will inspire readers."Claudia Lagos Lira, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Chile, Chile