2017 saw a number of high profile news stories around the poor treatment of women in the entertainment industry, from the Weinstein allegations and the explosion of #MeToo, to revelations about gender pay gaps and the under representation of female labour, both in front of the camera and behind.
About the symposium
This symposium will consider the intersecting range of factors that impact upon women working in Hollywood both now and in the past. It will be a platform to discuss the disadvantageous treatment of women and will offer an opportunity to highlight examples of women’s autonomy, agency, subversion and innovation in the American film industry.
This event is organised by the Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and will take place at DeMontfort University, Leicester on May 28th, 2018. It will run over a full day and will conclude with a panel discussion with Q&A. This closing section of the event will run between 5pm-6pm, will be open to the general public and will be recorded and made available as an audio download via this website.
Should you have a point you want to raise for discussion but you are unable to attend, feel free to email your point to email@example.com or tweet with the hashtag #WomenInHollywood and we will endeavour to include you in the conversation.
As the deadline for abstracts has not yet passed, we cannot yet confirm our programme of speakers. However, we are thrilled to say that our confirmed key note speaker at this event is Professor Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz) founding Editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal, and author of Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press, 2015) and Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon (Princeton University Press, 2000).
Registering to attend
To attract a range of voices to this conversation, this symposium is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To secure a place, email Ellen Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday the 23rd of May, 2018.
The call for papers for this event is available here
Further details to follow…