CALL FOR PAPERS: Women & the Silent Screen VIII, Pittsburgh, September 17-19, 2015


Women, Labor, and Working-Class Cultures

First call for papers

The University of Pittsburgh proudly hosts the eighth international meeting of Women and the Silent Screen (WSS VIII), September 17-19, 2015. WSS is dedicated to advancing film historical and theoretical scholarship about the thousands of women who worked “behind the camera” in international cinema during the silent era. We invite participants to submit proposals for conference presentations. Proposals for twenty-minute presentations must include the title of the presentation, a 200- to 300-word abstract, and a brief autobiographical statement by the author(s). The theme of WSS VIII is “Women, Labor, and Working-Class Cultures” broadly defined, but we also seek research on any aspect of women’s involvement with silent cinema. Proposals might address but are not limited to the following areas: the conditions of women’s labor in the global film industry; the cinema of reform; eugenics; racial privilege; censorship and regulation; scandal; gender and industrial authorship; women and corporate management; cinema and the fashioning of taste; below-the-line labor; women, unions, and craft guilds; post-production work; cinema and segregation, black cinema; women writing for and about the cinema; exchange operations, exhibitors and projectionists; social class and historiography; the poor; locality, ethnicity, and diaspora.

Proposals should be submitted to before the January 5, 2015 deadline. Participants should hear from the selection committee by the end of March. Further information and details about WSS VIII are forthcoming.

WSS VIII Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Screening the Past special dossier, Melbourne WSS VII

Post-Women and the Silent Screen 2013 Publication Opportunity

Call for Full Papers: Special Dossier, Screening in the Past

Dear Colleagues,

Since October last year we have been exploring several different opportunities for publishing work presented at Women and the Silent Screen VII, hosted by the University of Melbourne.

We are pleased to announce that a special dossier of papers from the conference will be published by the online screen history journal, Screening the Past ( Publication of the special dossier will coincide with the next Women and the Silent Screen VIII conference, 17-19 September 2015, University of Pittsburgh, convened by Mark Lynn Anderson.

In accordance with the practice established for Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives, edited by Monica Dall’Asta, Victoria Duckett and Lucia Tralli (2013), all papers will be subject to peer review. We are in the process of finalizing the Board of Referees, and we hope that many if not all of the past members will continue to serve as referees for this conference-related publication.

We invite you to submit your full paper for review by Friday 31 October to

When submitting your paper, please follow these guidelines:

  • email your paper as a Word document (removing all details identifying the author);
  • use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, referencing style with endnotes (without bibliography); first citations to a work should be complete and subsequent citations should be to author last name, short title and page number(s);
  • in a second separate Word document, include your name, institutional affiliation, email, short biographical note, title of your paper and a 200–300 word abstract;
  • papers should be 2,500–3,000 words, excluding endnotes.

We will let you know soon the other deadlines for referee reports, review and publication.

We look forward to receiving your papers and working with you to publish this special dossier from Women and the Silent Screen VII.

Best wishes,

Victoria Duckett
WSS VII Co-convenor
WSS VIII Steering Committee Member

Susan Potter
Co-Executive Secretary WFHI
WSS VIII Steering Committee Member

CALL FOR PAPERS – Doing Women’s Film and Television History


Doing Women’s Film and Television History

The Second International Conference

of the

Women’s Film and Television History Network – UK/Ireland

10th – 12th April 2014

The University of East Anglia, UK

Conference organisers: Laraine Porter (De Montfort University), Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia) and Melanie Williams (University of East Anglia)


Building on the success of the first ‘Doing Women’s Film History’ conference held in 2011, this three-day international conference will bring together researchers in women’s film and television history, archivists, curators and creative practitioners to explore and celebrate all aspects of women’s participation within the visual media industries across the globe and in all periods. The conference will provide a forum for the latest research into women’s work in film and television production (both on and off screen), in film distribution and exhibition, their roles in television ranging from presenters and personalities to commissioners and controllers, as well as women’s activities as film and television critics, consumers and fans.

We welcome papers on any topic related to women’s film, television and media history but we are also interested in hosting panels and strands on the following areas:

  • women and documentary: whose voices, which audiences, to whose benefit?
  • screenwriters and scriptwriting: the woman writer
  • women’s contributions to non-Anglophone film and television industries
  • feminist filmmakers and filmmaking collectives
  • female film and television fan cultures
  • teaching women’s film and television history


Proposals of 300 words for papers should be sent to no later than 31st October 2013


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