Inaugural lecture for Professor Toni Bruce Event as iCalendar

12 September 2017

5:30 - 7:30pm

Venue: 401.439 Lecture Theatre, Engineering Building, City Campus

Location: 20 Symonds St, Auckland

Host: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Website: RSVP

Professor Toni Bruce
Professor Toni Bruce

Professor Toni Bruce presents, The power of stories: Researching and engaging with sports media

A former news and sports journalist, Toni has spent her academic career researching the stories circulated through a major story teller of our times, the mainstream media. 

Her Inaugural Lecture weaves together more than 25 years researching how the sports media represents sport. Her research interests focus on sociological issues related to the media. She raises questions about the remarkable international consistency in media messages, especially about women’s sport.

The diversity of her research topics – gender, disability, race and ethnicity and nationalism – is held together through her focus on the power of dominant discourses to include or exclude, and a desire to create spaces where silenced or marginalised voices can be heard.

This has led to her active engagement as critic and conscience of society commenting in the media on issues in sport. She has written more than 60 newspaper or online columns and is regularly interviewed by newspaper and radio journalists in New Zealand and overseas.

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a researcher, academic storyteller, teacher, public intellectual and passionate sports fan, Toni argues that holding these positions in tension is a powerful place from which to understand the meanings and effects of media stories in people’s lives.

5.30 – 6.30pm drinks reception, 6.30 – 7.30pm public lecture


For the recording and slides from the lecture, see here.

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