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International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment

The International Standing Working Group (ISWG) on Medialization and Empowerment explores the connections between the mass media and the proliferation of rights and identity-based movements in the long twentieth century. It adopts a global and transnational approach, focussing mainly on examples in India, Germany and Britain. Since their emergence in the late 19th century, mass media have been instrumental for activists fighting against inequality. They have provided a platform for voicing dissent, enabled the mobilization of marginalized groups and accelerated social and value change. The ISWG also considers the ambivalence of this relationship. It examines the way the media has itself shaped the very terms and conditions for debate. While the media opened new opportunities for empowerment, it has also perpetuated harmful norms and contributed to the on-going exclusion of social groups.

Alongside three international conferences, the ISWG are developing a traveling exhibition on Feminism and the Media to be shown in New Delhi (October 2021), Berlin (November 2021) and London (January 2022), and two online modules offering training in digital humanities research methods, focusing on corpus linguistics and statistical methods.

The ISWG is led by Christina von Hodenberg and coordinated by Jane Freeland. It involves partners at the India Branch Office, the GHI Rome, the GHI in Washington DC, the Orient Institute Beirut, and scholars from the London School of Economics and Political Science and other German and Indian universities.

The work of the ISWG is a part of the “Knowledge without Borders: Internationalisation, Networking, Innovation in and by the Max Weber Stiftung” research project. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Related Events

Forthcoming
“Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century.” Second Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment. December 10-11, 2020. India International Centre, New Delhi.

Concluding Conference of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment. January 2022. German Historical Institute London.

Past
“Feminism in the Media/Feminism and the Media in the 20th Century.” First Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment. November 21-23, 2019. German Historical Institute London.