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Women in Media International Conferences 2020

Women in media and communication discipline, including related fields have another very interest year loaded with Women-focused and other gender-based conferences to share research experiences on women, the media and society. This is another robust year for researchers and scholars in Journalism and Mass Communication disciplines interested in women-focused conference themes. Of course, men are free to attend such conferences but women show more interest in matters that affect them, especially when it has to do with the media and society.

There are several international conferences in 2020 where emerging trends in these vibrant areas are discussed by scholars around the world. You should plan to be at any of these conferences scattered across the world. However, it is always good to have enough time to plan for such conferences. Here’s a list of conferences on Women and media studies, including other gender-based conferences that will particularly interest female scholars in this field. You will not have problems getting visa to travel for these conferences if you get invited by the organisers. Just read through their calls for papers and follow instructions thoroughly.



1). CFP: African Women in Media 2020 Summit (AWiM2020), 29-31 July, 2020, Johannesburg, South Africa

African Women in Media (AWiM) fourth annual conference, aims to bring together media practitioners, researchers, policy makers and CSOs. Theme of this year’s conference is Reimagining Futures: Women in Media, Peace and Technologies. The Summit takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 29-31 July 2020. According to the conference website, ‘Re-imagining Futures’ reflects innovation in media industries, and the growing drive to change the narrative of Africa globally, particularly as African countries work towards achieving a dominant global position, and urgent objectives like Silencing the Guns by 2020, Free movement of people, and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Issues around movement, immigration, peace and security, and the lived experiences, roles and insights of women in media practitioners, policy makers, CSOs and researchers make the AWiM2020 Summit a timely focal point to bring these stakeholders together.



2). The 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies, 2020, 28th to 30th May 2020, Venue, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Communication scholars do not only attend media-based conferences. General or issue-based conferences also provide platform for scholarly engagements involving media and communication researchers. Women’s studies conference is also open to scholars in communication and media related disciplines. It is an opportunity to showcase how the media can play crucial roles in projecting a better society for women.

The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) presents the 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2020 (WCWS 2020)  to be held from the 28th – 30th May 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme of the WCWS 2020 is: “Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialization, Law, and Structural Inequalities”. The conference brings together women from various fields, ages and walks of life in order to learn from and empower each other to make the world a better place for girls and women, while providing a number of opportunities to showcase their research, celebrate achievements, become inspired, network, and engage in both personal and professional development.



3). Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Sciences Conference, 5th to 7th February, 2020, Venue, University of California, Santa Barbara

Theme of the conference which is: “Integration: Applying Art and Science” is based on research and artistic works by women through transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections between the technical sciences and other applied sciences that influence new media art. The main goal of this conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences emerging from the intersection of science and applied art. Emphasis is placed on the various aspects of the mutual benefits of the integration and interaction between science and media arts.


4). International Conference on Women, Media and Sexuality ICWMS, March 12-13, 2020, Venue, London, UK

The conference focuses on Women, Media and Sexuality. The conference promises to be a meeting of scholars interested in fostering true representation of women in facets of the media and society.


5). Gender And Sexuality Conference, 15th to 18th October, 2020. Venue, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 3rd International Conference on Gender and Sexuality 2020 will be an effective gathering to empower communities and increase awareness of issues surrounding Gender and Sexuality. The conference aims to provide an important platform for researchers, academicians, scholars, and activists from all around the world to address equal rights, opportunities and discuss better solutions to deal with in the relevant field.


6). Women in Journalism Workshop 2020, May 01 to May 03. Venue, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

This is another great opportunity for female scholars in media and communication to share experiences. The Women in Journalism Workshop at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. The workshop provides a platform to help build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve communities worldwide. This year the conference will focus on how to innovate the way stories are covered stories, the management of newsrooms and the tools used. Sessions include self-care, HEAT training, data analysis, machine learning and AI for journalism, immersive storytelling, secondary trauma, advocating for yourself, applying for grants and more. It promises to be very interesting.


7). Women in Communication: Pathways to Success, April 02, North Miami Beach, United States.

This conference is organized by the Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. It is a national one-day conference on April 2, 2020, which will bring together outstanding women professionals from around the country and beyond to discuss and analyze a broad range of topics focused on the theme of “Pathways to Success” – How can women navigate different pathways to success? In this fifth annual national conference, “Women in Communication: Pathways to Success,” thought leaders in the communications industries from around the country will spend the day discussing the status and role of women in communication and the challenges they are facing, including if they have made any progress in such areas as salaries, leadership positions and other facets of moving ahead. Speakers will be drawn from the fields of advertising, broadcasting, digital and online media, magazines, journalism, and public relations.


8). Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference, 20-22 May, 2020, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

The fifth biennial Doing Women’s Film & Television History conference invites proposals from researchers and practitioners engaged in the exploration, uncovering, archiving and dissemination of women’s roles in film and television, as well as wider media, both in the past and today.

The theme of this conference – ‘Forming Histories/Histories in Formation’ – aims to foreground issues pertaining to the production, curation and archiving of women’s histories in film and television as well as the methods for, and approaches to, producing and shaping these histories as they form. More particularly, much can be learned from the diversity of practices, experiences and narratives of women’s film and television history as they pertain to:  national, transnational, world and global histories; neglected, peripheral or hidden histories; organisations such as museums, archives and universities; collectives, groups and movements such as #MeToo; local communities and community media; emergent forms and platforms; and historical approaches to women’s reception of film and television as well as historicising current practices and experiences of reception, fandom and consumption.

This three-day conference casts the net wide so that it can capture a range of experiences, practices, industries, nationalities and voices that are situated in relation to women and their histories. The conference provides a platform for those working in and researching film, television and media more generally as well as those invested in the production of these histories and narratives of the past and as they materialise.


9). Gender & Women’s Studies Conference (GWS 2020), June 15-16, 2020. Venue, The National University of Singapore Society

The objective of the GWS conference is to present and share ongoing research activities in the fields of Gender & Women’s Studies with the relevant scientific and research communities. The conference aims to offer international perspectives with an emphasis on economic, social, and psychological aspects of empowerment and leadership, victimization,  exclusion, and social problems.


10). Global Women’s Leadership Summit – San Francisco, 28-29 April, 2020. Venue, San Francisco, USA

This is a great opportunity for women who are leaders in various media organizations, departments/units in higher institutions, or aspire to attain leadership position in the media and communication sector, to meet with women across the globe to discuss leadership issues. Global Women’s Leadership Summit – San Francisco provides a unique space for leaders to develop and refine leadership competencies through engagement in experiential workshops, case studies, and networking. This diverse community of leaders affords each participant the opportunity to build relationships and identify areas of collaboration to positively impact the world. The summit brings together CEOs, SVPs, VPs, Directors, Heads of Departments, Managers, and aspiring leaders to share ideas and their personal stories of leadership struggles and accomplishments.


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