Month: September 2017

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New WFPP Profiles: Summer 2017


A roundup of profiles added to WFPP over the summer:

 L’Ouïe, L’Odorat, Le Toucher, and La Vue, Christiane Mendelys (a/w/o) and Georges Wague. PC


Harriet Bloch (Denmark, Germany, Sweden) by Birgit Granhøj, Eva N. Redvall

Marvin Breckinridge (United States) by Charles Tepperman

Lydia Hayward (United Kingdom) by Christine Gledhill

Elizabeth McGaffey (United States) by Lisle Foote

Marvin Breckinridge at work, circa 1930. USW

Christiane Mendelys (France) by Annie Fee

Asta Nielsen (Denmark, Germany) by Julie Allen

Tazuko Sakane (Japan, China) by Xinyi Zhao

Eliane Tayar (France) by Laura Vichi

Helen Wang (China) by S. Louisa Wei

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Call for Papers: “New Directions in Feminist Media Studies”


Call for Papers: “New Directions in Feminist Media Studies”

Deadline for submissions: September 21, 2017

Organizer: Keri Walsh, Fordham University (

Red Velvet Seat: Women’s Writings on the Cinema: The First Fifty Years (2006), which brings together a rich variety of writings by authors including Maya Deren, Virginia Woolf, Colette, and Lillian Gish that might provide starting places for new feminist film histories and theories. Other recent interventions include Kirsten Pullen’s Like a Natural Woman: Spectacular Female Performance in Classical Hollywood (2014) which explores the development of naturalist film acting techniques by performers including Carmen Miranda and Lena Horne; Shelley Stamp’s Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (2015) which argues that Weber “was considered one of the era’s “three great minds” alongside D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille;”; and Jennifer Smyth’s forthcoming Nobody’s Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood which promises to be “a new history of Hollywood that puts women at the center of production.” The momentum surrounding the re-telling of film history to include women promises to extend to all quarters of media studies. Works that already broach this broader terrain include Jennifer Christine Nash’s The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (2014) and Christine Ehrick’s Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950 (2015).This seminar seeks papers that contribute to this significant new direction in media studies, and that extend to new areas of inquiry. Papers might work to answer questions such as: How does new work on women and media have the potential to alter, challenge, or transform existing canonical concepts in the study of media, such as auteurship, montage, aura, seriality, or melodrama? What new concepts might emerge as significant in light of this work? Who are, or might be, some of the key figures and foundational works for this new set of histories? How and where is the presence of women’s authorship in evidence even in works that have traditionally been attributed to men? How might we challenge and expand our methodologies so that we can see women’s contributions more clearly? How can these new media histories be constructed as inclusively as possible, so as not to replicate the logics of exclusion that have characterized media histories of the past? In what newly enabling ways might we understand issues of technology and disciplinarity in relation to women’s role in the creation and reception of media, whether as performers, writers, technicians, producers, audiences, theorists, scholars?

Submit 250-word abstracts to Keri Walsh by September 21, 2017.

(This is an ACLA session that is not yet guaranteed).

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Call for Entries: Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History


Call for entries for a forthcoming reference book titled Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History, published by ABC-CLIO.

Edited by Laura L. S. Bauer, Film Studies Editor, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal & Ph.D. Candidate, English Department, Claremont Graduate University

From the call:

Please look at the list of names below and send your top 3 choices in descending order to If you’re interested in writing more than one entry, please send me your top 5 choices.

You’ll notice there are several women who will have a “D,” “P,” “W,” and/or “A” following their name which signals that they rightfully belong to more than one category. Due to the organization of the book, names have been placed in categories for which they have been most formally recognized, however, all their roles should be addressed in their individual entry.

Each entry is brief, 1000 words (approximately 4 double-spaced pages) unless otherwise noted with an asterisk.

Contributors receive full credit for any entry they write. Deadlines will be assigned throughout November and early December 2017.

List of Available Entries (as of 9/8/17).

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