WFTHN Members Win Prestigious BAFTSS Awards

WFTHN congratulate our members Mary Harrod, Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Melanie Bell and Isabel Seguí on their well-deserved success at the BAFTSS 2019 awards.  The full list of awards and comments can be found here.  

Mary Harrod

According to Mary, their collection Women Do Genre in Film and Television was born at the Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference, at UEA in 2014. She and Kata met on a panel, along with fellow contributor Deborah Jermyn. The collection also features a preface by WFTHN founder Christine Gledhill. The publication which arose was described by BAFTSS as containing ‘nuanced, thoughtful essays’ and is ‘vital in its approach to genre.’

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

The judges noted that the writing moved on from the notion of subversion in women’s production and specifically worked ‘with the force of genre and the many questions around it.’ The collection features essays on authorship, romcoms and Melissa McCarthy to name just a few of the topics covered. Read more about the project’s evolution in Kata’s post, published last year.

Melanie Bell

Melanie Bell’s winning journal article,  Learning to Listen: Histories of Women’s Soundwork in the British Film Industry’ published in Screen, was anticipated by her presentation at Women Breaking the Sound Barrier, held at the BFI, London in June 2016.  Exploring the contributions of women behind the camera and their technical expertise, the judges described the article as ‘an outstanding piece of historiographical filmic research’ based on ‘painstaking’ research.  Its scholarly importance was acknowledged, namely its restoration of the ‘overlooked’ work of women in a ‘timely […] feminist reworking.’ Melanie is delighted that her win means the study of feminist film history is receiving greater publicity and new audiences.  A WFTHN review of the sound event itself can be read here.

Isabel Seguí

Isabel Seguí has won the Best Doctoral Student Article or Chapter 2019 for her article which challenges established authorship approaches:Auteurism, Machismo-Leninismo, and Other Issues: Women’s Labor in Andean Oppositional Film Production’.   According to BAFTSS, Isabel succeeded in constructing ‘new paradigms for historiographic methodologies in screen industries research’. Isabel wrote the article in between WFTHN’s biannual conferences and credits their influence as inspiring, describing the 2016 conference as ‘life-changing’ since ‘I felt that I found a community of like-minded researchers.’ Specifically Isabel states that her WFTHN conference experiences enabled her ‘to write the article in those terms.’

Alongside congratulations, we send a huge thank you to all of the winners.  Their success reaffirms all of our academic members’ commitment to recover and reassess women’s work in film and television through exceptional scholarly effort. And, thereby, to place it at the centre of the film academy debates where it belongs.    


Bell, Melanie (2017). ‘Learning to Listen: Histories of Women’s Soundwork in the British Film Industry’ Screen, 58: 4, pp. 437-57.

Harrod, M. And Paszkiewicz, K. (2018). Women Do Genre in Film and Television. New York and London: Routledge.

Seguí, I. (2018). ‘Auteurism, Machismo-Leninismo, and Other Issues Women’s Labor in Andean Oppositional Film Production’, Feminist Media Histories, 4:1, pp.11-36. 


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:

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 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

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.

The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference: 25-28 May 2019: SISTERS! – Proposal Extension & Keynote Announcement

On behalf of Women and Film History International and Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference hosted by the 5th Eye International Conference: Sisters!

We are proud to announce our keynote speakers:

Prof. Jacqueline Stewart: a professor at the Department of Cinema and Media Studies of the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching explore African-American film cultures from the origins of the medium to the present. Stewart’s research topics also include the archiving and preservation of moving images, and “orphan” media histories, including nontheatrical, amateur, and activist film and video.

Dr. Annette Förster: a media historian and film curator who specializes in women in film history. Förster was among the initiators of the first Women and the Silent Screen Conference which took place in Utrecht in 1999. Her acclaimed book Women in the Silent Cinema. Histories of Fame and Fate (Amsterdam University Press) was published in 2017.

Extension of deadline:

The deadline for the call for proposals has been extended to 7th December 10:00 am (CET). The committee looks forward to receiving your proposals at

More information on the CfP here: