Dunja Antunovic, PhD, assistant professor of sport sociology in the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport affiliated scholar, presented two papers at the 72nd annual conference of the International Communication Association in Paris, France.
The first paper titled “Reimagining’ Gender Equality: Towards a Transnational Framework for Olympic Sports Media Research” examines how empirical evidence informs media guidelines issued by entities such as the International Olympic Committee and the European Broadcasting Union on issues of gender equality. The paper makes a case for closer attention to frameworks that identify the connection between the local and global gender issues in ways that move beyond nation-centric analyses. This project is a continuation of the collaboration with Cheryl Cooky, PhD (Purdue University, Tucker Center external affiliated scholar), following a recently published co-authored book, Serving Equality: Feminism, Media, and Women’s Sports.
The second paper titled “Our Region, Many Voices: Sport Media Research in Central and Eastern Europe” was featured at the Sports Communication Interest Group’s pre-conference focusing on the future of the sports communication field. This paper draws on cross-national comparative media studies frameworks to examine regional complexities of sport media practices in Central and Eastern Europe. The project is a continuation of the collaboration with Simon Ličen, PhD, (Washington State University) and Sunčica Bartoluci, PhD, (University of Zagreb), following two recently published journal articles on mediatization and agenda diversity related to Olympic media coverage in Croatia, Slovenia, and Hungary.