Help WFHI’s transformation

Dear WFHI members,

The WFHI Steering Committee is looking for smart, capable people to assist us over the next months as members of a sub-committee focused on our transition to becoming a dues-collecting organisation. Mark Garrett Cooper has agreed to act as our new Treasurer, and will be organising the group. If you’re keen, please get in touch with Mark directly at

If you have any questions, please contact Mark, or Minette Hillyer at

SISTERS! 2019 Conference Proposal Extension & Keynote Announcement

An update from EYE Film Museum and the conference organising committee:

SISTERS! – Proposal Extension & Keynote Announcement

We are proud to announce the names of the keynote speakers:

Prof. Jaqueline Stewart: a professor at the Department of Cinema and Media Studies of the University of Chicago, her research and teaching explore African American film cultures from the origins of the medium to the present. Stewart’s research topics also include the archiving and preservation of moving images, and “orphan” media histories, including nontheatrical, amateur, and activist film and video.

Dr. Annette Förster: a media historian and film curator who specializes in women in film history. Förster was among the initiators of the first Women and the Silent Screen Conference which took place in Utrecht in 1999. Her acclaimed book Women in the Silent Cinema. Histories of Fame and Fate (Amsterdam University Press) was published in 2017.

Extension of deadline:
The deadline for the call for proposals has been extended to 7th December 10:00 am (CET). The committee looks forward to receiving your proposals at

More information on the CfP here:

Open information session – extended deadline

Dear WFHI members,

The ratification of the bylaws, and the move to becoming a dues-collecting organization, no doubt raises questions for many of us. While Pordenone has provided an opportunity for WFHI members to meet in the past, this year very few of the Steering Committee members are able to make it.

Instead, we have set up this post and invite you to leave a reply with any questions or comments that you may have at this Google Excel spreadsheet:

Due to some issues with posting to the website, this information session will be open for an extended period until Tuesday, October 30. We will endeavor to respond to queries within 48 hours.

The decision to become a dues collecting organisation was taken by the membership at the last business meeting, in Shanghai, 2017. At that point, the steering committee took up the work of implementation, in which changes to our by-laws and the appointment of a Treasurer to the steering committee are included. The amount at which dues will be set and the manner in which they’ll be collected is still to be determined, and we expect that our new Treasurer will play a role in this. However, the steering committee is conscious of the need for WFHI and the WSS conferences to remain accessible to a diverse group of scholars, including those on low incomes and/or without institutional funding. Consequently, we’re considering funding models which aim to safeguard access for our whole community, and would value your suggestions about how best to achieve this.

Best wishes,
Minette Hillyer, Chair, Steering Committee
Susan Potter, President


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