The contents of this special issue on women's film history have their starting point in the “Doing Women's Film and Television History II” international conference, which took place at the University of East Anglia, England, in April 2014. Several of the texts began life as keynote lectures and presentations, while others were inspired by the discussions that took place across its packed three-day schedule. The second conference of the Women's Film and Television History Network, UK-Ireland, the inaugural edition of which had taken place at the University of Sunderland in 2011,1 provided another opportunity for researchers, archivists, and activists to share their ideas around histories of women working in film...
Editors' Introduction: Activism, Agency, and Authorship: Exploring Women's Film History
Despoina Mantziari is a teaching fellow in film studies at the University of Sussex. Her research interests are located in the area of feminism and film, in particular women's film authorship. She completed her PhD thesis entitled “Women Directors in Global Art Cinema: Negotiating Feminism and Representation” (2014) at the University of East Anglia.
Yvonne Tasker is a professor of film studies and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Her research and teaching is concerned with the work of women filmmakers considered through a feminist frame.
Melanie Williams is a reader in film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. Her research focuses on British cinema, with published work including the monographs David Lean (Manchester University Press, 2014) and Prisoners of Gender: Women in the Films of J. Lee Thompson (VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009) and the coedited collections Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), Ealing Revisited (British Film Institute, 2012), Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon (I. B. Tauris, 2012), and British Women's Cinema (Routledge, 2009).
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Despoina Mantziari, Yvonne Tasker, Melanie Williams; Editors' Introduction: Activism, Agency, and Authorship: Exploring Women's Film History. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2016; 2 (2): 1–5. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2016.2.2.1
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