Events Calendar
Feb 14
13:00 - 14:00
Crafting Back: Challenging Bodies in Public Advertising
Diversity and Distruption: An Intersectional Valentine
Professor Jessica Ringrose (UCL); Dr Kaitlyn Regehr (Kent); Shiva Zarabadi (UCL) and Amelia Jenkinson (Sexplain)

Drawn from a Mayor of London commissioned project surrounding experiences of gender and diversity in London's public advertising, the workshop allows participants to engage with similar "craft back" collaging methods we used with girls across the GLA. Through this process we encourage participants to discuss affirmative 'femvertising' and so-called "diverse" add campaigns. We ask: Do these campaigns actually make a difference and what truly diverse or subversive advertising might look like?This workshop is run by Jessica Ringrose (UCL), Kaitlyn Regehr (University of Kent), Shiva Zarabadi (UCL) and Amelia Jenkinson (Sexplain)

This event is free to attend, but please book your place here:

Jessica Ringrose is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education at the UCL Institute of Education. She is co-director of the UCL Centre for Sociology of Education; and co-chair of the International Gender and Education Association. Her current research is exploring Gender, Embodiment and Advertising (with Dr. Kaitlyn Regehr); Feminism and LGBTQ Activism in Secondary Schools (with Professor Emma Renold and Dr. Sara Bragg); and Digital Feminist Activism and transforming masculinities in an age of #MeToo (with Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes). Her latest books are: Feminist Posthumanisms, New Materialisms and Education (Routledge, 2018 edited with Katie Warfield and Shiva Zarabadi) and Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight back against Rape Culture (Oxford University Press, 2019, authored with Kaitlynn Mendes and Jessalynn Keller).

Kaitlyn Regehr is a scholar of digital and modern culture, and documentarian, who serves as a lecturer at the University of Kent. She is a topic specialist for BBC World, and has created documentary content for iTunes, Toronto International Film Festival and ARTE (FR). Her current projects include a commissioned documentary for BBC3 on online misogyny and digital "INCEL" (Involuntary Celibates) communities; and a commission from the Mayor of London, mapping women's embodied experiences of advertising in public space with Professor Jessica Ringrose. Regehr's book with photographer Matilda Temperley, The League of Exotic Dancers (Oxford University Press, 2017) is on one of America's first sex workers' unions and the current realities for this aging community.

Amelia Jenkinson is the Director and co-founder of Sexplain ( Sexplain is a non-profit providing comprehensive and inclusive sex ed workshops for UK secondary schools. Sexplain's approach is intersectional feminist and sex-positive. Sexplain has been delivering a body image and advertising workshop as part of its SRE programme, informed and inspired by the #WomenWeSee report and collaging activity. This workshop also forms part of a series of 'Digital Defence' lessons which Sexplain is designing in partnership with Professor Jessica Ringrose and Dr Kaitlynn Mendes.

Shiva Zarabadi is PhD candidate and teaching fellow on MA Sociology of Education and MA Gender, Sexuality and Education at UCL Institute of Education. She is the co-editor of the book Feminist posthumanisms/ new materialisms and Education (Routledge 2018) and the leading author of a chapter, 'Re-mattering media affects: pedagogical interference into pre-emptive counter-terrorism culture' in Education Research and The Media(2019), a chapter, 'The affective birth of 'Jihadi Bride' as new risky sexualised other: Muslim schoolgilrs and media panic in an age of counterterrorism in Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics (2018) and a co-authored article 'Spinning Yarns: affective kinshipping as posthuman pedagogy in Parallax(2018).Her research interests include feminist new materialism, posthumanism, intra-action of matter, time, affect, space, human and more-than-human.

This event is part of Diversity and Disruption: An Intersectional Valentine.

Opening dialogues around the challenges diversity offers to theories and practices in visual and online cultures, our intersectional Valentine combines short interdisciplinary and interactive workshops to provoke questions on the diversity of images, diversity in themes and the making of visual and online cultures. Taking place on the 14th of February, we position Diversity and Disruption as an alternative love event, which additionally considers connectivity, digital intimacy, intersectionality and representation in the post-digital age.

Diversity and Disruption is organised by Professor Aylish Wood and Dr Kaitlyn Regehr, and is a joint event between the School of Arts' Film, Media and Culture research cluster and the Identity, Politics and the Arts research cluster.


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