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Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference V: Call for Papers

Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference V: Forming Histories/Histories in Formation

20-22 May, 2020, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Keynote: Kasandra O’Connell, Irish Film Archive
Further Keynotes: TBC

The fifth biennial Doing Women’s Film & Television History conference invites proposals from researchers and practitioners engaged in the exploration, uncovering, archiving and dissemination of women’s roles in film and television, as well as wider media, both in the past and today.

The theme of this conference – ‘Forming Histories/ Histories in Formation’ – aims to foreground issues pertaining to the production, curation and archiving of women’s histories in film and television as well as the methods for, and approaches to, producing and shaping these histories as they form. More particularly, much can be learned from the diversity of practices, experiences and narratives of women’s film and television history as they pertain to:  national, transnational, world and global histories; neglected, peripheral or hidden histories; organisations such as museums, archives and universities; collectives, groups and movements such as #MeToo; local communities and community media; emergent forms and platforms; and historical approaches to women’s reception of film and television as well as historicising current practices and experiences of reception, fandom and consumption.

This three-day conference casts the net wide so that it can capture a range of experiences, practices, industries, nationalities and voices that are situated in relation to women and their histories. The conference provides a platform for those working in and researching film, television and media more generally as well as those invested in the production of these histories and narratives of the past and as they materialise. 

We invite papers that can provide added richness to the theme of ‘Women in Film & Television,’ and are, in addition, especially interested in the following areas:

  • International and comparative perspectives on women in film and television
  • Histories of women’s creative practice, production and technical work and film/cinema and television work more generally in various national, regional, or local contexts; transnational film and television; migration and diasporas
  • Approaches to histories of women’s indigenous production, including Third Cinema and grassroots film and television production
  • Representations of women in historical film and television
  • Female audiences, reception, fandom of film and television
  • Considerations of methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of women in film and television and their audiences
  • Archival research methods and approaches including feminist archiving practices
  • Use of recently established or historically neglected women’s media archives
  • Artefacts and ephemera in women’s archives: moving image, photographic and digital media, scripts, merchandise, etc. 
  • Considerations of how gender intersects with race, class, ethnicity, in relation to film and television production, reception or representation
  • Revisiting production and labour through the lens of #MeToo and #TimesUp, including historical formations of, and historicising, such movements
  • Changing meanings of women and womanhood as reflected and shaped by the interventions of women in film and television as producers, critics, and campaigners.
  • Teaching women’s film and television history; feminist pedagogies; the politics of education and training; women’s experiences of moving from education to employment in film and television

We welcome papers on subjects outside of these areas and that enhance the interpretations and meanings of ‘Doing Women’s Film & Television History.’

Please submit proposals of 250 words along with the paper’s title and a 50-word biography. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, including clips and images. We welcome pre-constituted panels of three to four presenters (with panel title and abstract of 150 words), proposals for roundtables or workshops and presentations from researchers, practitioners, creatives and industry professionals. Deadline for proposals Oct 11th 2019. Email: dwfthv@gmail.com

We are pleased to make available a number of bursaries for Irish and international postgraduate students, early career researchers (within one-year of permanent contract) and those on part-time or zero-hour contracts. These will help support travel and accommodation to the conference. In order to apply, please submit to dwfthv@gmail.com a 250-word abstract along with a 300-word statement that includes: an indication of the relevance of your paper to the conference themes; reference to the intended output of the research; details of your current employment/student status. The deadline is Oct 11th 2019 and please use “Bursary application” in the subject line.

Hosted by
Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University
Women’s Film and Television History Network- UK/Ireland

Organising and programming committee
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Maynooth University
Queen’s University Belfast
University College Cork
University College Dublin


Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) Postgraduate Archives Day and travel bursary opportunity

News Announcement for WFTHN members : from CATHI, De Montford University

Are you a final year undergraduate, MA, PhD student or early career researcher with an interest in archives and archival research in film and TV history?

On Tuesday May 21st 2019 the Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) at De Montfort University, Leicester will be hosting a Postgraduate Archives Open Day intended to help you develop your archival research skills, enable you to engage in debates around archiving and archival research, and provide you with an opportunity to network with researchers and curatorial staff from DMU, and other important regional and national film archives. You will be introduced to a range of material from our own unique collections including: the Peter Whitehead Archive, the Hammer Script Archive, the Andrews Davies Archive, the Palace Pictures Archive and the Cinema Museum’s Indian Cinemas Archive.

Guest speakers at this special event will include Natalie Hayton and Katherine Short of De Montfort University Special Collections, Clare Watson from the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) and Wendy Russell from the British Film Institute (BFI).

Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided, but there will be a small charge for an optional networking lunch at a local curry restaurant. Places are limited so advance booking is essential.

We are offering four £50 travel bursaries that are intended to enable promising new scholars to attend Cinema and Television History Research Institute (CATHI) events. These are available to final year undergraduates and MAs who are not yet registered for a PhD. Simply contact Dr Ellen Wright for an application form. A decision will be made by early April.

Any queries please contact Dr Ellen Wright at Ellen.Wright@dmu.ac.uk

‘Reclaiming the Screen: Addressing Overlooked Women in Film and Television’ 14th June 2019.

The following event and call for papers may be of interest to WFTHN members:

Call for Papers
‘Reclaiming the Screen: Addressing Overlooked Women in Film and Television’
Postgraduate Conference – Friday 14th June 2019.
Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI), De Montfort University, Leicester.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Shelley Cobb (Associate Professor of Film, University of Southampton).

£5 conference free: to be paid in cash upon registration

MA travel bursaries available – email cath.postgrad@gmail.com for more information.

‘[T]he tragedy of film history is that it’s fabricated, falsified, by the very people who make film history’ – Louise Brooks

De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) is pleased to invite Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers to its eighth annual postgraduate conference, focusing on overlooked women in the film, television and media industries. This conference seeks to offer a platform uncovering, challenging, and drawing attention to issues relating to overlooked self-identifying women across all areas of women’s film and television history, culture, and production. There is a continued lack of gender equality within the film industry, exemplified most recently by the absence of any female nominees within the 2019 Academy Awards’ Best Director category. This conference aims to offer a platform to the voices of underrepresented, unheard and undervalued women. This conference is also an opportunity to highlight examples of women’s autonomy and agency within the television and film industries, from any era and any part of the globe.

In hosting this conference, we hope to look backwards, seeking and uncovering forgotten women, both on screen and behind the camera. In looking backwards, we aim to also push forwards in relation to challenging patriarchal structures of industrial and cultural misogyny. We welcome a broad range of proposals from a diverse range of voices, looking at the interconnectedness of past, present and future issues for female-identifying individuals on and off-screen.

The event will end with a roundtable focused on improving and challenging issues that the conference presents.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

The gendering of industry roles.
Ageing woman and visibility on and off-screen.
Women in film and television academia.
Women in the film industry.
Representations of trans women, behind and in front of the camera.
The intersections of class, race, sexuality, and able-bodiedness of women.
The politics of the gaze, and challenges to how we look at women on screen.
Coming of age female representation.
Underrepresentation of female labour.
Examples of transgressive, monstrous and subversive femininities on screen.
Forgotten figures.
The #MeToo movement.
Proposals for twenty-minute presentations (both traditional and non) should include the title of the presentation, a 250-word abstract, and a brief biographical statement. Proposals should be submitted to cath.postgrad@gmail.com by Friday 12th April 2019.

Applicants will be notified in late April/early May.

Twitter: @CATHpostgrad | #CATHCON19

WFTHN Member News: Eylem Atakav wins university award

WFTHN member, Eylem Atakav, has won the Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact award from the University of East Anglia for her work. Congratulations to Eylem from all at the network.

The award acknowledged the impact of her work with and around her documentary film, Growing Up Married. Dr Atakav explained that the whole project:

is about the visibility of women and their voice. The forced marriage and child brides film has raised other issues around sexuality, sex education and the concept of honour, and every time the film has been screened, it has led to at least one further disclosure. […] This award means a lot to me, to the women in the film, to my students who worked with me.

Growing Up Married is a project at the heart of which is a documentary that follows four women from Turkey, as they recollect their memories and experiences of forced marriage as child brides. This research contributes to debates around this emotionally charged, and often silenced human rights issue both within Turkey and beyond. Understanding the cultural contexts within which human rights abuses occur is essential to mitigating and stopping future abuse. Stories of what happens to those forced to marry as children are as invisible as the practice itself.

The film has been viewed by around 4000 people worldwide (in the UK, the US, Japan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Turkey) since its release. Through significant and international level of media engagement (appearances on New York Times to Al Jazeera) as well as a series of public engagement activities (through screenings and working with local, national and international institutions – from Norfolk Constabulary to the NHS, the Forced Marriage Unit and the House of Lords), the project has been influential in building bridges between cultures and countries on this significant human rights issue – Turkish women’s stories influencing the way in which policies around forced marriage in the UK are discussed and decided.

Persistence of Vision: Women Reframing Animation: 28th June 2019: Goldsmiths, University of London

The following event and call for papers may be of interest to WFTHN members:

Persistence of Vision: Women Reframing Animation
Friday 28th June 2019
Goldsmiths, University of London

Keynote speaker: Caroline Ruddell, Brunel University

Call for Papers deadline: Friday 12th April 2019

We are inviting contributions for this one-day symposium, supported by MeCCSA Women’s Network and hosted by the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, to be held on Friday 28th June.

Animation is a medium like no other. It is accessible in ways other forms of film making are not; it breaks down cultural, social and technical boundaries and as such has a distinctive potential as a tool for education, activism and engagement. It has the power to imagine all sorts of possibilities, and as such has a unique ability to illuminate and realise radical ideas and concepts – particularly for those cultural creators traditionally excluded from creative systems of power.

This symposium provides an inclusive space for academics, practitioners and students to investigate what it is about animation that attracts and gives space to these voices, while also asking what might be done to amplify them at industry level. It will be an opportunity to explore the subversive nature of animation and consider ways that this medium, in various forms, can be used as a critical resource to communicate, engage and engender social change.

In response to this, we welcome papers, innovative presentations and workshops (details of workshop facilities below) on, but not limited to, the following topics:
The impact of identity on animation production/ autobiographical animation
Animated documentary/ documentary animation/ essay films
Feminism and animation
Animated activism
Application of animation for teaching, learning and research
Animation as interdisciplinary exploration/ collaboration
Animation for pleasure and profit: making your space in the industry
Abstracts of up to 250 words, as well as full author details (name, position, contact details and institutional affiliation/s if applicable), should be submitted by Friday 12th April 2019 to Ceiren Bell at c.bell@gold.ac.uk. Contributors will be notified of the outcome by Friday 10th May 2019.

This event is inclusive of all who identify as women – trans, non-binary and cis – and we value all voices, experiences and participants regardless of their academic standing, educational level, ethnicity, class, (dis)abilities, or employment status. We are unable to provide childcare facilities, but children are welcome to attend the conference under the supervision and responsibility of their parent(s).


We are looking for creative, dynamic, interactive and practical proposals for a 1 – 2 hour workshop session to create a collaborative animated piece that seeks to explore animation as a radical, empowering experiential practice.
The session will involve 20 – 30 participants, with two student helpers. Participants may include animators, academics and students from the University as well as local schools and colleges. The available space has tables and chairs and a Mac-based audio-visual system. There is a small budget for paper, drawing materials etc and there are four digital SLR cameras and tripods available.

Submissions are welcome from anyone who is involved in any aspect of animation.