Spinning stories: The power of media

This is a Media studies Subject Spotlight with Dr Jilly Kay from University of Leicester. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Media studies.

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Join Dr Jilly Kay as she discusses how the media shapes our identities, the role the media plays in social justice movements, and how media and communication are transforming politics in the modern age. She will also analyse the media framing of the black lives matter movement, posing a research task for you to aid your understanding.

About University of Leicester

The University of Leicester aims to educate, equip and encourage their students to forge a better future. As Citizens of Change, Leicester's research excellence is changing lives and having transformative impact across the globe. Ranked as a Top 30 University, their students and staff make up a powerhouse for ground-breaking research, including being in the top ten UK universities for their COVID-19 research; locating the remains of King Richard III; and the discovery of DNA fingerprinting. Located right in the heart of the East Midlands, Leicester prides itself in being one of the UK’s most multi-cultural cities, playing host to a number of cultural festivals such as a colorful Caribbean Carnival and the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India.

Meet the academics

Dr Jilly Kay

Dr Jilly Kay is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Jilly is a scholar of feminist media and cultural studies whose central interest, which underpins all her research and teaching, is in the complex relationships between feminism gender injustice and media culture. She has published widely on feminism, popular and political culture, reality television and talk shows, and contemporary dating culture. Jilly has shared her work widely at international conferences and invited talks, and is the editor of Cultural Commons - the short-form section in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. She co-convenes the Media and Gender research group and the Media Cultures research cluster at the University of Leicester. Jilly is interested in supervising PhD projects in the broad areas of feminist media and cultural studies; popular feminism; neoliberal feminism; reality television; contemporary dating culture; and feminist theory. She is programme leader for MA Media Gender and Social Justice. Jilly was interviewed as an academic expert in the forthcoming documentary feature film 'When We Speak' (Wiser Films 2021).

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