AHRC funded Women's Film History Network - UK/Ireland call for papers
Doing Women's Film History: Reframing
Cinema Past and Future
13-15 April 2011
University of Sunderland, UK
Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies
Despite their marginalization in film history, women have always been widely
involved in and around cinema as: producers, directors, scriptwriters,
cinematographers, editors, designers, actresses, sound designers, voice
coaches, composers, distributors, programmers, cinema managers, publicists,
critics, audiences, and so on. This international conference brings together
researchers, archivists, librarians, filmmakers, website and database
designers to explore new research in women's film history, its future
development, and its impact on approaches to cinema and film history itself.
We welcome individual case-studies of women working in or around silent,
sound and digital cinemas, in different national contexts, or across
different media; papers on historiographic, socio-economic and aesthetic
issues (including the impact of the women's movement); and considerations of
the future of women's film history posed by globalization, digital media and
changes in archiving and databasing. Proposals for papers might include
issues such as:
* sources and methodologies for gender-oriented film research
* strategies for archiving, preservation and programming of women's
* impact of women on cinema as audiences, campaigners, fans
* women's career moves from other creative media into cinema
* future histories of women's movement film workshops and recent
* cross-national connections and comparisons
* relationship between feminism and women's history
* usefulness of 'women's cinema' as a category in post-feminist and
* significance of women's film history to women's film practice now
* curriculum issues, e.g: critical canons, teaching and film
* women's film historiography: filling gaps or changing film history?
Keynote speakers and panelists will be confirmed in December.
Panels will be interspersed with screenings. Contributions from
post-graduate researchers are welcome and some bursaries offered.
Publication opportunities are offered by Gender and History, History
Workshop Journal, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Framework.
The conference will include forums on teaching and the curriculum, and on
the future organization and web presence of the Women's Film History
Proposals (150 word limit) for presentations of 20 minutes (including
audiovisual material) should be sent by 1 December 2010 to: Lianne Hopper,
The David Puttnam Media Centre, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St
Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 ODD, UK; or by email to:
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For more information about the Network and Conference development please
visit our wiki at http://wfh.wikidot.com <http://wfh.wikidot.com/> where
suggestions and comments are welcome.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu