Call for Papers: Women and New Hollywood

Please see the  CFP announcement below.  Full details and further information can be found at:  Queries can be directed to: or to one of the conference organizers: Aaron Hunter ( or Martha Shearer (

Women and New Hollywood
Maynooth University, Ireland
29-30 May 2018

Recent decades have witnessed no shortage of critical or academic writing on the industrial upheaval and creative innovations of New Hollywood (1967-80). But as scholarship has shaped the era, it has done so around a very narrow set of concerns, the overriding one casting New Hollywood as an era of great directors, which, by default, has meant an era of “great men.” Such a vision relies on the kind of identification of creativity with masculinity that Geneviève Sellier has discussed in relation to the French New Wave, and its construction has required a marginalisation, erasure even, of the creative labour of countless women practitioners.

Media Studies at Maynooth University and the Irish Research Council are happy to announce the conference Women and New Hollywood, to be held at Maynooth Unversity on 29-30 May, 2018.

The conference will endeavour to excavate and reassess the various roles that women’s creative labour played in shaping the New Hollywood era across all facets of production and within the broader cultural context. We hope to challenge the dominant discourse around New Hollywood, which is, among other things, heavily gendered in its bias towards a creativity, an innovation, and a labour that continue to be framed as almost entirely male.

To that end we invite proposals on any aspect of Women and New Hollywood, including but not limited to:

  • women practitioners – analysing the work of specific editors, designers, directors, writers, producers, etc.;
  • how the work of particular women of the ‘70s has influenced later Hollywood filmmakers;
  • actors behind the camera;
  • women in charge – charting the rise of the first wave of women executives and studio heads and their influence on later eras of Hollywood;
  • the relationship between women in production and women’s representation on screen;
  • women’s film criticism during the era;
  • women, New Hollywood, and second-wave feminism;historiography & institutional memory – how contemporary institutions such as publishers, archives, or film studies departments perpetuate or challenge the marginalisation of New Hollywood women;
  • theorizing the ‘70s – through a contemporary lens or by revisiting ‘70s feminist theory.

Proposals should be submitted in one email to by 20 December 2017. Participants will be notified by the selection committee before the end of January 2018.