WFTHN Committee

Please see below for more information and contact details for our Committee members who are responsible for various aspects of WFTHN‘s work:

Education Officer
Lee-Jane Bennion-Nixon (Head of Programme Film and TV Production BA at York St. John University)
Academic/professional interests: women in the film and tv industries; postfeminism; women warriors on screen.
Contact: L.BennionNixon@yorksj.ac.uk
Link to website

Founder of WFTHN
Christine Gledhill (Professor, Cinema Studies)
Academic/professional interests: women’s film history; feminist film theory; British cinema – especially but not only 1920s; stars and film performance; melodrama, genre and transnational cinemas.
Contact: christine.gledhill@googlemail.com
Link to website

Fundraising Co-ordinator
Emma Sandon (Lecturer in Film and TV Studies at Birkbeck University of London)
Academic/professional interests: colonial film history; women and S. African film.
Contact: e.sandon@bbk.ac.uk
Link to website

Fundraising Support
Julia Knight (Professor Emerita of Moving Image at Sunderland University)
Academic/professional interests: moving image distribution promotion; exhibition and archiving – new media technologies/online distribution.
Contact: julia.knight@sunderland.ac.uk
Link to website

Ireland Liaison
Kate Haslett ()
Academic/professional interests: .
Contact: khaslett@hotmail.com
Link to website

Membership and Listserv Manager
Shelley Cobb (Associate Professor in Film at University of Southampton)
Academic/professional interests: women filmmakers (directors, producers, screenwriters); women in contemporary British film industry; film and tv adaptation.
Contact: s.cobb@soton.ac.uk
Link to website

PR/External Affairs
Eylem Atakav (Snr Lecturer, Film & Television at University of East Anglia)
Academic/professional interests: Middle Eastern film and television; representation of ‘honour’ crimes in the media, and women’s cinema.
Contact: e.atakav@uea.ac.uk
Link to website

PR/External Affairs Support
Deborah Jermyn (Reader in Film & Television at University of Roehampton)  Professional/Research Interests: Women filmmakers; representations of women and feminism in popular culture; women stars and celebrity. Co-Director of Roehampton’s Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Culture.
Contact: d.jermyn@roehampton.ac.uk
Link to website

Research Officer
Jennifer O’Meara (researcher at Trinity College Dublin)
Academic/professional interests: female screenwriters, film dialogue, performance, stardom, film sound.
Contact: omearaja@tcd.ie
Link to website

Resources Officer & Blog Editor
Rona Murray (Lancaster University)
Academic/professional interests: women film-makers (directors, writers); gender and authorship in film and television; feminist film theory.
Contact: r.murray3@lancaster.ac.uk
Link to website

Scotland Liaison
Katharina Kamleitner 
(University of Glasgow)
Academic/professional interests: AHRC-funded PhD candidate in Film & TV Studies at University of Glasgow:  “On Women’s Film Festivals: Histories, Feminisms and Futures.” Research interests include feminist curation, women’s film festivals, archiving practices and women in the archives. Previously worked for Berlin International Film Festival and Africa in Motion Film Festival, and is the co-founder of Femspectives, a feminist film festival in Glasgow.
Contact: k.kamleitner.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Social Media Officer
Natalie Wreyford (Research Fellow on Calling the Shots: women and contemporary UK film culture 2000-2015‘, Southampton University)
Academic/professional interests: women screenwriters, women in the film and television industries, gender and creative work. Member of Raising Films
Contact: n.l.wreyford@soton.ac.uk
Link to website and blog

Website Designer and Director
Clare Watson (London Screen Heritage Manager at London’s Screen Archives, Film London, and Associate Research Fellow in the Cinema and Television History Research centre, De Montfort University). Also, co-creator Women and Silent British Cinema website. Formerly, Lecturer in Film and Television Archiving, UEA.
Academic/professional interests: media archiving; film & TV history; women’s film history; non-theatrical and amateur cinema; British and silent cinema; Chaplin studies.
Contact: clarewatson1@yahoo.co.uk
Link to website

Website Manager
Clarissa K. Jacob (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Social Media Officer /Early Career Researchers (ECR) Officer
Sarah Louise Smyth  PhD Student in Film at the University of Southampton. Academic/professional interests: women filmmakers, particularly in contemporary Britain; representations of women in film and television; feminist film theory; genre filmmaking, especially rom-coms, horror films, and heritage cinema; women and the media; celebrity and star studies.
Contact:  ss33g10@soton.ac.uk

Social Media Officer 
Anna Sarkissian  Filmmaker and anthropologist. PhD student at the University of Oxford.  Academic/professional interests: women directors in Hollywood, gender and power, documentary filmmaking, media and representation.
Contact: anna.sarkissian@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Link to website

WFTHN 2011 (Inaugural) Conference Organisers
Christine Gledhill  (Visiting Professor at University of Sunderland)
Link to website
Julia Knight  (Professor Emerita of Moving Image University of Sunderland)
Link to website 

WFTHN 2014 Conference Organisers
Laraine Porter (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at DeMontfort University)
Academic/professional interests: women in silent film; ‘adopt a woman’ campaign for the BECTU oral history project.
Contact: lporter@dmu.ac.uk
Link to website

Yvonne Tasker (Professor Film and Television at University of East Anglia)
Academic/professional interests: gender and film authorship; genre; recession-era cinema.
Contact: y.tasker@uea.ac.uk
Link to website

Melanie Williams (Snr Lecturer, Film and Television, University of East Anglia)
Academic/professional interests: women in the British film industry and representations of women in post-war British cinema.
Contact: Melanie.Williams@uea.ac.uk
Link to website

WFTHN 2016 Conference Organisers
Vicky Ball (Snr Lecturer in Cinema and Television Histories at De Montfort University) was also a Network Co-ordinator during 2011-13.
Academic/professional interests: women’s British television histories; women’s production histories.
Contact: vicky.ball@dmu.ac.uk

Melanie Bell (Lecturer in Film at Newcastle University) also edited the WFTHN e-Newsletter between 2011-2013.
Academic/professional interests: women in history of British film and television industries; British female stars; representation of women in British cinema.
Contact: Melanie.Bell@newcastle.ac.uk
Link to website

WFTHN 2018 Conference Organisers
Shelley Cobb (Associate Professor of Film at University of Southampton)
Contact: s.cobb@soton.ac.uk
Link to website
Linda Williams (Professor in Film Studies at Exeter University)
Contact: L.Williams4@exeter.ac.uk
Link to website
Natalie Wreyford  (Research Fellow on AHRC-funded Calling the Shots at University of Southampton)
Contact: n.l.wreyford@soton.ac.uk
Link to website

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