CFP Extended for New Approaches to Gender, Film & TV

The CFP for the postgraduate conference ‘New approaches to gender, film and television: Histories and futures in the digital age’ at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Tuesday 26th March 2013 has been extended until Friday 15th February 2013.

This second postgraduate conference follows on from the success of the Cinema and Television History Research Centre’s 2012 conference, ‘Rethinking Cinema and Television History: Texts and Contexts’ at De Montfort University.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Clarissa Smith (Reader in Sexual Cultures, University of Sunderland). Author of One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Reading Women’s Porn (2007, Bristol: Intellect).
Professor Helen Wood (Professor of Media and Communication, De Montfort University). Author of Talking with Television: Women, Talk Shows, and Modern Self-Reflexivity (2009, University of Illinois Press).

In recent years, film and television studies have seen a sustained focus on gender as both a category and an object of analysis. The CATH Centre has been an active participant in highlighting the efforts of women through collaborative ventures such as ‘Cine Sisters’, in conjunction with the Cinema Museum, and the ‘Adopt a Woman’ campaign as part of the BECTU Oral Histories project. These projects, as well as research elsewhere like the AHRC-funded Global Queer Cinema project, indicate a growing interest in re-examining gendered boundaries in the film and television industries and in textual representation. Simultaneously, new technologies and digital practices are changing how archival material is disseminated, while online spaces are inciting new forms of fan response and interaction, and new forums are emerging for academics to engage with wider publics, fans and audiences. These technological and cultural shifts are increasingly pertinent to the study of gender in film and television studies but remain, as yet, under-theorised.

This conference will seek to explore the effects of rapidly changing technologies and platforms on the study of gender in film and television. What methodological challenges face postgraduate researchers in a context of constant change? How do new approaches to film and television studies affect gender representations and the way that we interpret them? And how do changes in the present affect how we approach studies of gender, past and future?

We invite papers that engage with studies of gender, new technologies and digital practices either through specific case studies or in broader theoretical reflections. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

–          Past and future issues of gender in the film and television industries;
–          The implications of changing platforms to contemporary and future studies in reception;
–          Online film and television criticism and new possibilities for academic engagement;
–          Textual representations of gendered futures and the future of gender representation;
–          How new technologies and digital practices affect studies of gender in film and television history.
Abstracts of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes, plus a short biography, should be sent to cath.postgrad@gmail.com by Friday 15th February 2013.

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