Portrait Karen Boyle

Karen Boyle

Researcher, University of Strathclyde


Keynote speaker

A recurring phrase in discussions about sexual harassment in the media industries has been that abusers were “hiding in plain sight”, that “everybody knew”, but that the  men involved were too powerful – and those they assaulted too inconsequential – for the abuse to matter. In this talk, Karen Boyle – author of #MeToo, Weinstein & Feminism Theory – argues that if #MeToo is to bring about the genuine cultural shift needed, we need to rethink how we talk about culture, value and success in the media industries.


Karen Boyle is Professor of Feminist Media Studies and Director of Applied Gender Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

She is the author of #MeToo, Weinstein & Feminism (Palgrave, 2019) and has written widely on gender, violence and representation, including in relation to UK press and television coverage of the Jimmy Savile case.