CFP: [Film] The Point of Feminism

full name / name of organization: 
Elke Weissmann

The Point of Feminism

An interdisciplinary one-day conference looking at issues relating to
feminism and media scholarship

University of Reading
12 September 2008

The publicized closure of ‘Women’s Studies’ departments at an institutional
level coupled with ‘post’ feminist discourses and the perceived irrelevance
of feminism in neo-liberal societies, all indicate the social and political
need to (re)visit feminisms. The aim of the conference is to reach a better
understanding of issues facing scholars of media, and to situate these
issues within a broader historical, institutional, political, social and
cultural context. We are inviting proposals for an interdisciplinary (film,
new/media, cultural, and communications studies) one-day conference at the
University of Reading. The day will take the form of round table
discussions and workshops chaired by established feminist scholars with
opening and closing plenaries by

Sue Thornham (University of Sussex)
Maureen McNeill (University of Lancaster)
Christine Geraghty (University of Glasgow).

We are proposing to have workshops organised around (but not restricted to)
the following strands:

• Institution
• Methodology
• Pedagogy
• Discursive Issues
• Definition
• Practice
• Empirical Matters

Proposals for 5 to 10 minute presentations should discuss the personal
and/or political relationships of feminism with these themes. We will give
particular consideration to proposals that critically reflect on research
or teaching experience rather than straightforwardly present research
outcomes. We are particularly interested in proposals by early career
researchers and postgraduate students. The presentations should be
reflective of research experience or practice and discuss how feminist
methodology and theory, questions revolving around gender, or other
feminist issues relate to your experience. The outcomes of the day will be
disseminated through publication.

Deadline for sending us your proposals is 16 May 2008.

The day is organised by Helen Thornham (University of Bristol), Heather
Sutherland (University of Reading) and Elke Weissmann (University of Reading).

For further information or to send your proposal for a 5-10 minute
contribution, please contact:

Heather Sutherland Elke Weissmann

University of Reading Helen Thornham
Film, Theatre and Television
Bulmershe Court
Woodlands Avenue
Reading, RG6 1HY


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