Women’s Auto/biographical Cinemas: The Gendered Story

ONLINE on Teams (5:00pm GMT), 27.-28. November 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the video talks of the Women’s Auto/biographical Cinemas: The Gendered Story Symposium, to be held online on 27 and 28 November, are now published on the symposium website:

https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/symposium/event2/

The following talks are available for viewing:

Dr Laura Busetta (University of Messina): ‘Everything Speaks about Us: Autobiographical Writing and Collective Memory in Italian Women’s Documentary Making’

Dr Brenda Hollweg (University of Leeds): ‘The Political Work of Mourning: Personal Essay Films by Women’

Dr Rahat Imran (University College Cork): ‘Locating the Storyteller in Sabiha Sumar's Silent Waters: A Tale of Shared Histories and Divided Identities’

Prof. Bill Nichols (San Francisco): ‘Precarious Bodies’

Prof. Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University): ‘Narrative Voices in a Documentary Biopic: Independent Miss Craigie’

Dr Kiki Tianqi Yu (Queen Mary, London): ‘Maternal Love and Mother-Daughter Relationship in Contemporary Women’s Cinema in the PRC’

We look forward to discussing these papers with their authors in an online live Round Table to be held on Sunday 28 November 2021, 5.00–7.00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), UTC +0.

The Symposium also includes a live conversation between artist Penny Siopis and Professor Sarah Nuttall to be held on Saturday 27 November at 5.00–6.30 p.m. GMT, UTC +0. Three films by Penny Siopis – My Lovely Day, 1997; Obscure White Messenger, 2010; and The New Parthenon, 2016 – are already available for viewing on the symposium website.

More information here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/research/symposium/event1/

The links to the events, both of which will be held on MSTeams, will be published soon on the website. No registration is required.

The videos of the talks will be available for viewing till 28 November 2021.

Enjoy the talks, and we look forward to welcoming you to the live events of the Women’s Auto/biographical Cinemas Symposium!

Dr Rahat Imran, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland
Email: nazsfu@gmail.com, imran.rahat@ucc.ie

Professor Laura Rascaroli
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland
Email: l.rascaroli@ucc.ie

The symposium is organized as part of the H2020 MSCA-IF project, Locating the Storyteller: Muslim Women’s Auto/Biographical Cinema from the Muslim World.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 837154.

Symposium website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/research/symposium/

Follow us on Twitter: @UCCStoryteller

Department of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/

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An Online Symposium, 27 and 28 November 2021, University College Cork

Symposium website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/research/symposium/

Follow us on Twitter: @UCCStoryteller

From the world’s largest film producing industries and cinemas such as Hollywood, Bollywood, European, to diasporic, Third World, Post-colonial, Middle Eastern, and even nascent industries from conflict-ridden regions such as Afghanistan, ‘women filmmakers’ and ‘women’s cinema’ remain classified as a separate category (feminist or otherwise) within film studies. Similarly, their auto/biographical cinemas, inextricably linked to portrayals of personal and experiential histories, remain a peripheral area. Particularly, recognition of women filmmakers whose works reflect an alternative ‘lived’ history from a personal and feminist lens merits attention and critical discussion of their gendered representations.

With a focus on autobiography, biography, first-person, diary, and essay films, the Women’s Auto/biographical Cinemas: The Gendered Story Symposium focuses on discussion of the contribution of global women/feminist filmmakers who have used the film medium to record, archive, and disseminate women’s stories, to share their experiences, build cross-cultural solidarity for change, consciousness-raising, and pedagogical purposes.

The symposium will include two live events, both starting at 5 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), UTC +0. The events will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November, respectively, both on MSTeams. Closer to the date, the links for the live events will be published on the symposium website and announced on social media and subject lists.

Event 1

Saturday 27 November 2021, 5–6.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), UTC +0

In Conversation: Penny Siopis + Sarah Nuttall

Event 2

Sunday 28 November 2021, 5–7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), UTC +0

Round Table: Women’s Auto/biographical Cinemas

A set of pre-recorded talks will be available for viewing online from the symposium website during the two weeks prior to the symposium.

Three films by Penny Siopis – My Lovely Day, 1997; Obscure White Messenger, 2010; and The New Parthenon, 2016 – are already available for viewing on the symposium website.

Speakers:

Dr Laura Busetta (University of Messina)

Dr Brenda Hollweg (University of Leeds)

Dr Rahat Imran (University College Cork)

Prof. Bill Nichols (San Francisco)

Prof. Sarah Nuttall (University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg)

Prof. Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork)

Penny Siopis

Prof. Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University)

Dr Kiki Tianqi Yu (Queen Mary, London)

Organisers:

Dr Rahat Imran, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland
Email: nazsfu@gmail.com, imran.rahat@ucc.ie

Professor Laura Rascaroli
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland
Email: l.rascaroli@ucc.ie

The symposium is organized as part of the H2020 MSCA-IF project, Locating the Storyteller: Muslim Women’s Auto/Biographical Cinema from the Muslim World.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 837154.

Symposium website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/research/symposium/

Follow us on Twitter: @UCCStoryteller

Department of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork: https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/film/