The Romance of Work Gender Bio

Date of origin: 
October 2013

THE 2013 SOCIAL THOUGHT PROGRAM LECTURE IN COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. Brooke Erin Duffy
School of Media and Communication, Temple University
The Romance of Work: Gender and Aspirational Labor in Contemporary Culture Industries

Critical scholarship investigating the modern cultural and media industries must take
seriously the gendering of digital labor. Drawing upon her recent research on the women’s
magazine, advertising, and fashion blogging industries, Dr. Duffy shows how discourses of
creative autonomy, commercialism, and community simultaneously challenge and reaffirm
social hierarchies of gender and class. Emergent forms of gendered creative production
may be understood as aspirational labor, highlighting the potential for these activities to
provide social and economic capital while keeping female content creators fully immersed
in the consumer culture.

Monday, Nov. 18, 5:30
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Dr. Brooke Erin Duffy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. Her research interests include media industries, digital convergence, gender/feminist studies of media, and critical approaches to advertising and consumer culture. She is the author of Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press, in press) and co-editor of Key Readings in Media Today: Mass Communication in Contexts (Routledge, 2008). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the College of Communications at Penn State.

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