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Professor Mathieu de Wasseige: Ideological balancing and the representation of masculinity in US and French TV series
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MDP in Cultural Studies –vierailuluento

Tervetuloa kuulemaan Cultural Studies -maisteriohjelman vieraan, Prof. Mathieu de Wasseigen (IHECS, Bryssel), vierailuluentoa to 27.4.2017

Ideological balancing and the representation of masculinity in US andFrench TV series

Associate Professor Mathieu de Wasseige
Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), Brussels

Based on the doctoral analysis of six major prime-time network seriesof the 2000s, Prof. de Wasseige was able to observe a measure of ideological balancing that can be defined as a balance of strategies of ideological containment and concession, usually presentin different dimensions of the series, e.g. in the narrative and in the social representation respectively.

After outlining the concept, Prof. de Wasseige will illustrate it with
a number of examples, and then apply the concept to more recent series such as Castle (ABC) and Ainsi soient-ils (ARTE France) by focusing on the representation of masculinity in these series.


Pr. Mathieu de Wasseige, Associate Professor and Head of the LanguageDpt. at IHECS (School of applied communication), Member of the GIRCAM
(Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultures and Arts in Movement, UCL)

Recent conference presentations

- «The representation of masculinity in the French series
Ainsi soient-ils (Arte, 2012-2015) : reflecting on the tension
between conservatism and social liberalism?» [in French] 84th
ACFAS conference, Identity and gender relations in francophone
television. Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal (Canada),
May 9-11, 2016

- «Another masculinity: the representation of the single father
in Castle. A fictional answer to the supposed crises of
masculinity?» [in French] 20th SERCIA conference, Université
d'Artois, Arras (France), Sept. 3-5, 2015

Séries télé US : l’idéologie prime time. Louvain-la-Neuve :
Éditions académia (L’Harmattan), 2014.

Doctoral dissertation
A Critical Analysis of Ideological Narratives in Contemporary
US Network Television Series. Doctoral dissertation
[unpublished]. Bruxelles, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2011.