Month: April 2018

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CFP: New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive


Call for Papers: New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive

Deadline: August 10, 2018

 “The event is a collaboration between the University of Leeds’ School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, the Universities of York and Sheffield, and the Audiovisual Heritage Meeting. The conference is generously funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.”

Location: University of Leeds

Dates: September 18-19, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Dr Lawrence Napper (King’s College London) and Kieron Webb (British Film Institute)

Submission Requirements: 200-300 word abstracts and three key words on topics related to the conference’s focus

Contact Person/Email: Laurence Carr/

“In the years following the death of silent cinema and the rise of the talkies in the early 1930s, there was a supreme lack of interest in silent film preservation and restoration. Due largely to this lack of care and, in many cases, deliberate destruction of silent films, the Library of Congress estimates that about 75% of all silent films are now lost forever. Many of the silent films that managed to survive in archives and private collections are incomplete or suffered significant damage and decay. During the 1980s, owing largely to the launch and success of home cinema and the establishment of silent film forums and events (e.g. Pordenone Silent Film Festival), a renewed interest in silent film developed. More recently, high quality digital restoration technology has given archives and independent silent film restorers new opportunities to compensate for substantial filmic losses. In addition to this, HD home media silent film releases, and internet platforms such as YouTube, have made numerous silent films readily available to the public. Although these current developments have arguably improved the aesthetic qualities of many silent films and made them far more accessible to the public, they have also raised controversial questions surrounding the safeguarding of the filmmakers’ artistic intent, the contextualisation and historical reliability of film experiences, and the sustainability of digital preservation, amongst other issues. This conference will analyse the impact of recent technological and institutional developments on the study, experience, and restoration of silent films and discuss sustainable ways forward.”

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

•New narrative or technical analyses of specific silent film restorations (case studies)

•Silent film restoration ethics (e.g. preserving silent filmmakers’ artistic intent)

•Digitisation, curatorship and reliability of historical evidence

•Silent film experiences, digital archive accessibility and film scholarship

•Silent cinema journalistic writing (past and/or present)

•Theatrical presentation and distribution of silent cinema (past and/or present)

•Home cinema, the internet and silent cinema audiences

•Silent film and sustainable analogue and digital preservation

•Silent film copyright

Please send 200 to 300-word abstracts and three key words to by 10th of August 2018.

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Spring 2018 Issue of Feminist Media Studies, “Genealogies of Feminist Media Studies,” Out Now!


The Spring 2018 issue of Feminist Media Studies is out now!

This is “a special issue on Genealogies of Feminist Media Studies, guest edited by Miranda Banks, Ralina L. Joseph, Shelley Stamp, and Michele White. The issue brings together genealogies of 35 key fields in feminist media studies, as well as a data visualization project featuring results of our survey of scholarly influence and personal mentorship in the field.”

For more information, click here

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Preliminary Schedule and Registration Information: “Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots – Then, Now and Next”


Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots – Then, Now and Next

May 23-25, 2018

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Registration for the upcoming conference “Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots – Then, Now and Next” is now open. For more information, and to view the preliminary schedule, please visit WFTHN website.

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New Profiles: March 2018!


New Profiles from March 2018!

Mrs. M.T. Pender. PC

Source author and writer Mrs. M.T. Pender (Ireland) by Donna Casella.

Screenwriter Renée Deliot (Italy, France) by Micaela Veronesi.

Production coordinator, investor, and actress Pearl Ing (China) by S. Louisa Wei.

Director and actress Xie Caizhen (China) by S. Louisa Wei.

Producer, screenwriter, and actress Yang Naimei (China) by S. Louisa Wei. 

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