This article traces feminist affinities across images of shoes as signifiers of women’s precarious mobilities on the screen. Inspired by Catherine Russell’s methodology of parallax historiography, it investigates compelling images of shoes in women’s activist filmmaking from two different time periods and national cinemas. The footwear of Eva from Lois Weber’s Shoes (1916) and Mona from Agnès Varda’s Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, 1985) lends itself to reflection on practices of feminist historiography and a figurative reconfiguration of the flâneuse as a feminist historian who critically revisits knowledge of the past and of the present to set both in motion.
Walking in Women’s Shoes: Precarity and Feminist Pedestrian Acts in Cinema
Asli Ozgen-Tuncer is a film lecturer in the University of Amsterdam’s Media Studies Department, teaching at the undergraduate level as well as in the MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. Her doctoral research, conducted at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, explored the aesthetics and politics of cinematic pedestrianism. Her current research focuses on the precarious film heritage of ethnicized, racialized, and migrant communities. She specializes in film historiography, particularly feminist and decolonial interventions. Ozgen-Tuncer is an internationally accredited film critic and a regular contributor to magazines and festivals.
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Asli Ozgen-Tuncer; Walking in Women’s Shoes: Precarity and Feminist Pedestrian Acts in Cinema. Feminist Media Histories 1 July 2021; 7 (3): 135–153. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.3.135
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