Hello all! The meetings are coming thick and fast now this term in the run up to Christmas. So do check out our autumn term programme on this blog and follow us on twitter @ReadingGender to make sure you don’t miss out!
Our next talk is by our very own Lubna Bahamman from the department of English Literature and Applied Linguistics. Her talk is entitled ‘Investigation of Gendered discourses on Twitter about Saudi Women’s Issues’
Please note that we will be in HumSS287 on the 14th November for this talk and not in our usual room.
We look forward to seeing you there in your numbers!
Here is Lubna’s abstract:
This study is motivated by Twitter’s growing popularity as a space where Saudi men and women could debate issues pertaining to their lives in an otherwise segregated society without being stigmatised. It aims to explore the discourses related to gender in hashtag discussions about Saudi women-related issues. In particular, Bahamman will examine two samples of 1000 unique text-based tweets collected in June, 2015, from two topical hashtags marking the public reaction to announced new controls to Saudi women’s travel and statistics about the percentages of unmarried Saudi women. She will utilize gender and discourse paradigms and Critical Discourse Analysis tools to show how the multiplicity of discourses and the discursive strategies that twitter users employ to subvert traditional discourses may be pointing to a gradual social change.