Thursday, 17 February 2011

Doing Women's Film History Conference

A few of my colleagues from the Centre for Research into Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland are hosting a conference this Spring (April 13-15 2011) on the subject of film history and women's marginalised role within it, which promises to be most interesting. I've copied the conference description:

Despite their marginalization in film history, women continue to be widely involved in cinema as producers, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, editors, designers, actresses, distributors, programmers, cinema managers, publicists, critics, audiences. This international conference brings together researchers, archivists, filmmakers and those involved in distributing and programming films to explore new research in women’s film history, asking how this impacts on conceptions of cinema and how women’s filmmaking can be made more visible, accessible and relevant.
There have been over 70 conference papers accepted to date and there are a range of academics and experts speaking at the event.  I've listed a few of the plenary speakers and panelists below:

  • Monica Dall’Asta (Bologna University; Non solo dive. Pioniere del cinema italiano); 
  • Jane Gaines (Columbia University, Women Film Pioneers Project); 
  • Christine Geraghty (Glasgow University; Women and Soap Opera); 
  • Karola Gramman (Kinothek Asta Neilsen, Frankfurt); 
  • Debbie Horsfield (theatre/TV writer/producer); 
  • Margo Harkin (Besom Productions; Northern Ireland Film Commission); 
  • Sue Harper (Portsmouth University; Women in British Cinema); 
  • Clare Holden (Sally Potter Archive); 
  • Kate Kinninmont (Women in Film & TV – UK); 
  • Neepa Majumdar (Pittsburg University, Wanted, Cultured Ladies Only: Female Stardom in India 1930s-1950s); 
  • Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck, London University; feminist filmmaker & writer); 
  • Tessa Ross (Controller, Film4); 
  • Heide Schlüpmann (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt; The Uncanny Gaze); 
  • Felicity Sparrow (Central St Martins; Circles); 
  • Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies, New York).
There are some big names from the worlds of theory and production listed there. A more detailed list of individual panelists can be found here.  I understand that booking for the event is due to commence from the 1st of March, so if you want to stay abreast of future developments then head over to the conference blog: