Wednesday, 9 January, 17.15 – 18.15
Chair: Karen Ross
The Women in Media and Politics roundtable will discuss the challenges that many women face when they act publicly in the media and political domains. Although women hold up half the sky, their relatively low participation and under-representation in media and politics is a global issue, which has been fairly constant over several decades, albeit with modest incremental improvements. Women who take up an active role in public life, including as activists and politicians inhabit an environment, which is institutionally and historically hostile, and experience discrimination, harassment, gender-based violence and abuse on- and offline as highlighted by a number of high-profile cases which have hit the headlines. However, what recent campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp signal is the growing confidence of individual women and groups to call out sexism, using social media as a powerful tool for voice and advocacy. The roundtable participants will consider what these trends mean, both the continuing challenges which women experience as well as the strategies and campaigns which have been initiated as pushback, and focus particularly on why key institutions such as the media and politics seem so resistant to change and what needs to happen in order to change the picture.
Thursday, 10 January, 17.45 – 18.45
Chairs: Sarah Neely, Susan Berridge
In the last few years, Scotland’s screen industry has been a cause for both celebration and despair. The success of the TV drama Outlander (2014-), filmed in Scotland, and reported to have brought £300 million of investment to Scotland, was praised while also reflected on as a missed opportunity. The sector has been criticised for its lack of infrastructure and leadership, with a lack of sufficient studio space often cited as a particular source of blame for the perceived crisis. In the last couple of years, there have been significant developments which may serve to address some of these issues, such as the establishment of Screen Scotland (a new agency dedicated to developing opportunities for film and TV production and exhibition across Scotland), the announcement of plans for Channel 4 to locate a new ‘creative hub’ in Glasgow, a new BBC Scotland channel set to launch in February 2019, and the recent announcement of plans to construct a new major film studio, in Port of Leith, in Edinburgh.
Roundtable participants will consider the potential impact of these recent developments, considering the implications for a wide-range of stakeholders, including producers, programme makers, exhibitors, broadcasters, educators, audiences, funders, commissioners, talent managers, etc, while also taking into account equalities, diversity and inclusion in the Scottish context.
Thursday, 10 January, 17.45 – 18.45
Chairs: Richard Haynes, Alenka Jelen-Sanchez
The ‘Poachers and Gamekeepers’ - The Intersections of Journalism and Public Relations roundtable will shed a light on a dynamic and complex relationship between the two fields, ranging from hostility to cosiness, from love-hate to sweetheart relationships, from detachment to encroachment in academia and practice. The roundtable will interrogate problematic (or not) intersections between public relations and journalism and reflect on similarities as well as differences between the two as a professional practice and a social force. The participants will particularly reflect on changing dynamics in both areas brought by social media and digital cultures and implications these have had for relationships between public relations practitioners and journalists.