Cine-feminisms and the Academy


Still from the film The Wild Party with a group of women sitting in a lecture theatre looking toward the front with various extreme expressions

Free event. All welcome.
Registrations essential.  

This symposium will explore questions around the state, place and forms of contemporary cine-feminisms.

Round tables, panels, papers, workshops and screenings will explore questions about the contemporary gender, women and feminism on screen. While the (re)newed interest in women’s filmmaking has been enabled by film feminist debates to what extent and in what ways does – or can – it create opportunities for feminist teaching and research in the academy?

Dr Anna Backman Rogers (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
“Death Drive: Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970) as Negative Cinema”

Speakers include
Angie Black. Belinda Smaill. Blythe Worthy. Bonnie Evans. Claire Perkins. Erin Turner. Janice Loreck. Jessica Ford. Jodi Brooks. Kirsten Stevens. Pearl Tan. Rebecca Sheehan. Ruth Richards. Sarah Sinwell. Sian Mitchell. Siobhan Jackson.  Whitney Monaghan.

For further information contact:
Dr Jodi Brooks //
Dr Jessica Ford //

This symposium has been made possible by a UNSW School of the Arts and Media SRG research grant with additional support from the University of Newcastle.


Thursday 12 December 2019

9.30 am // Registration and Welcome

9.45am - 11.15am // Panel: Provocations

Janice Loreck (Curtin) | Shock and Provocation: Exploring Women’s Filmmaking

Bonnie Evans (UQ) | “Suddenly, she was free”: Cine-Feminisms, Rape-Revenge and The Nightingale (2018)

Angie Black and Siobhan Jackson (Melbourne) | Provocative bodies: Punk sensibilities and queering the gaze

11.45am to 1.15pm // Panel: Authorship and Activism

Jessica Ford (UON) | Tele-feminist authorship in the age of popular feminism

Sarah Sinwell (Utah) | Showrunning Activism: Embodying Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Media

Blythe Worthy (Sydney) | A Negative Space: Natural Scepticism and Visual Economy in the Work of Lynne Ramsay

2.15pm to 3.15pm // Roundtable: Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) and Monash Film and Screen Studies: A Cine-Feminist Collaboration

Sian Mitchell (MWFF/SAE), Kirsten Stevens (Melbourne), Janice Loreck (Curtin), Whitney Monaghan (Monash), Therese Davis (Monash), Claire Perkins (Monash)

3.30pm to 4.45pm // Roundtable: The post-MeToo Classroom

Belinda Smaill (Monash)| Teaching Feminist Film Methodologies in the Age of Netflix? Rethinking Syllabus Design

Jodi Brooks (UNSW) | Cine-feminism in the classroom

Respondent: Anna Backman Rogers (Gothenburg)

5.00pm // Screening: Wanda (Loden, 1970)
with introduction by Anna Backman Roger

Friday 13 December 2019

10am - 11.30am // Keynote: Anna Backman Rogers (Gothenburg) // Death Drive: Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970) as Negative Cinema

11.45pm - 12.45pm // Panel: Cine-feminisms’ past and futures

Ruth Richards (Melbourne) | Animated Feminisms: Drawing lines between feminist animation past and present

Rebecca Sheehan (Macquarie) | “One woman’s failure affects every woman’s chances”: Impossible Women Directors in 1970s Hollywood

1.30pm - 2.45pm // Panel: Cine-feminist production

Erin Turner (Nevada) | Women in Las Vegas Film and Entertainment

Pearl Tan (UNSW/AFTRS) | The Sausage Protest and Beyond

Respondent: Sian Mitchell (MWFF/SAE)

3.00pm - 4.30pm // Workshop: Doing Cine-Feminism in the Age of Popular Feminism

Claire Perkins (Monash) with: Jodi Brooks (UNSW), Jessica Ford (UON), Janice Loreck (Curtin), Rebecca Sheehan (Macquarie), Pearl Tan (UNSW/AFTRS)

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