DWFTH 6 2023

Doing Women’s Film and Television History VI: Changing Streams and Channels 

14 – 16 June 2023

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Doing Women’s Film and Television History is back in 2023! Join us at the University of Sussex for the 6th edition of this leading international conference on women’s film and television history.

Confirmed Keynotes:

  • Professor Sally Faulkner (University of Exeter)
  • Professor Terri Francis (University of Miami)

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open! 

Conference information and a link to register is available via the conference website: 

Please note that early bird registration ends on 14 April 2023.

Delegate attendance at this event is in-person and the programme will include a very limited number of online presentations.

Directions to campus: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/directions

We are currently drafting the programme which should be on the conference website by 24 March. Thank you for your patience while we do this as we will not be able to confirm timings and details for individual sessions until it is completed. 

The conference reception will open at 9.15 on Wednesday 14 June with the first keynote at 11.00. The conference ends at 5pm on Friday 16 June.

If you have any questions about registration or accomodation please contact our conference co-ordinator, Sarah Maddox, at mah-research@sussex.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Sussex.

Despoina, Frances, Katherine and Lizzie, Conference Committee 

More information on the conference theme:

The sixth edition of the conference, will foreground the history of the distribution, marketing and promotion of women’s work and how this shapes its visibility, significance and impact on audiences and on the work of other women directors and producers. Our title references both the technologies of broadcast and digital distribution as well as evoking the flows between women’s work in different spaces, times and places. Our definition of ‘women’ is an inclusive one.

Starting with the festival-based events of the early 1970s – such as the first New York International Festival of Women’s Films, the Women’s Event at Edinburgh Film Festival, the Toronto Women and Film Festival, the Washington Women’s Film Festival, etc. – feminist filmmakers, scholars and critics have sought outlets for the production, distribution and exhibition of women’s work. Since then, initiatives and programmes that aim to foster women’s film and media production and showcase their work have spread more widely and more recent campaigns addressing the persisting gender inequalities within film and media industries around the world have been continuing this historical project of claiming space. We ask ‘How can these calls for a change in the structures that perpetuate the marginalisation and/or exclusion of women’s work from mainstream channels of cultural production, distribution and exhibition be informed by historical perspectives?’.

We are particularly interested in the work of female-identified and feminist programmers, commissioners, critics, distributors, festivals and archivists, exhibitors of various kinds in promoting and showcasing women’s work and making it available in specific periods and to future generations. We also suggest some emphasis on the way changing technologies, platforms and channels have been used by women or impacted women’s roles in production and distribution in cinema, television and media more generally and in historical comparisons of how this has happened at different moments.