The Political Geographies of the Archive – online seminars, 17 & 24 September 2020

This two-part online event will look at how archives are re-activated within contemporary photographic and film practice. During the presentations, each speaker will examine how archives are re-activated within contemporary photographic practice as potential sites of critical political significance.   Thursday 17th September 2020 (6:00 – 7:30pm), Part 1 – The Personal Is Still Political … Continue reading

Feminist Flix: Women Make Movies – online workshop series

Led by Prof Penny Florence, with Sally Anderson and Lizzie Thynne 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd July 2020 5-5.45pm (via Zoom – link will be emailed out following booking – £20 booking fee covers entry to all four sessions. See below for further details).   Discover just how much women makers of film and video… Continue reading

Betty’s Paper, Interwar Girlhood and ‘Bank Holiday’ (1938)

In 1932, Jill Craigie was working as a journalist for Betty’s Paper, one of a number of ‘girls’ papers’ launched in the interwar years that targeted an audience of single working women in their late teens and early twenties.[i] Her work included writing horoscopes as ‘Professor Philastro’ and advising readers on beauty and relationships as… Continue reading

Letters, lives and archives panel – BAFTSS, St Andrew’s 16-18 April 2020

Letters, lives and archives: an epistolary approach to women’s film history With papers by Julia Eisner (KCL), Lizzie Thynne (Sussex) and Tashi Petter (QMUL) Letters and personal correspondence held in public and private collections offer a rich primary resource for film scholars, especially for research on figures who have been side-lined or marginalised in traditional… Continue reading

Doing Women’s Film and Television History conference panel

Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference V: Forming Histories/Histories in Formation, Maynooth University, 20-22 May 2020 The many lives of Jill Craigie: socialist, feminist, film-maker, writer and ‘media personality’ The Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer project team will be presenting their collaborative research on Craigie’s career exploring what it reveals about the obstacles and opportunities experienced… Continue reading

MeCCSA conference panel

Media Interactions and Environments, University of Brighton, 8-10 January 2020 Participatory modes of film production and distribution: Jill Craigie and activist film In this panel, we foreground Craigie’s distinctive collaborative approach to film production during WWII and the post-war period, framed through her feminist and socialist politics. We foreground Craigie’s understanding of film as a… Continue reading

Making the Grade documentary – conference presentations

Lizzie Thynne presented work in progress on the project film about Jill Craigie at several conferences in 2019: BAFTSS, University of Birmingham, April Poetics and Politics of Documentary, UC Santa Cruz, May Screen, University of Glasgow, June Journal of Media Practice symposium, University of Kent, June Women’s History Network conference, LSE, September She discussed how… Continue reading

War Artists on Film: Out of Chaos – Public Talk

Tuesday 10th December, 1.15pm at The Stanley Spencer Gallery.  Tickets £10 on the door on the day. Yvonne Tasker’s illustrated talk will centre on Jill Craigie’s documentary film Out of Chaos (1944) which profiles the work of war artists – including Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer and Graham Sutherland – and which argues for the artist to have… Continue reading

Invisible Women? Analysing Gender and Media – Professor Yvonne Tasker’s Inaugural lecture

Wednesday 16th October 2019 – Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds Neither binary nor straightforward, this lecture argues that gender is a vital frame for media history and analysis. Bodies matter, and women’s bodies are particularly charged sites of meaning in popular media cultures. Images of women populate media culture but work by female film… Continue reading