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Women, Film Culture, and Globalization: An International Conference @ Concordia, September 2-4

Concordia is proud to be hosting the third edition of the Global Women’s Network* Conference from September 2-4 in room VA 114. Featuring noteworthy international and local scholarship on feminist and queer studies, “Women, Film Culture, and Globalization” will address questions of geocultural mapping, gender theory and representation, transnational marketing, and festival promotion.

Filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger will be welcomed as a special guest artist, and will be screening one of her films at the Cinémathèque Québécoise, as well as her latest short at Concordia. Kay Armatage and Skadi Loist, two prominent experts in feminist theory, will serve as keynote speakers. Several special presentations and a roundtable are on the agenda, including an homage to Chantal Akerman introduced by Veronica Pravadelli and a screening of two of her films, alongside a new documentary about women filmmakers (co-directed by Guylaine Dionne and Rosanna Maule).

Free and open to the public, students and colleagues who will be in Montreal during Labour Day weekend should not miss this conference!

Here’s the full schedule:

Women, film culture, and globalization Concordia University, Montreal September 2: Mapping Out Global Women’s Cinema


9:30 10:00 Registration VA-114 *

10:00-10:45 Opening remarks. Rosanna Maule, Conference Director, Concordia University, Montreal; Catherine Russell, Chair, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal; Mark Sussman, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Panel 1 Gender, Place, Identity VA-114 Moderator: Martin Lefebvre, Concordia University, Montreal

  1. E. Ann Kaplan, Stony Brook University, New York ‘Memory Loss, Gender and the Politics of Care-On and Off the Screen’

  2. Veronica Pravadelli, University of Roma Tre, Roma ‘The Practice of Memory in Contemporary Italian Women’s Documentary’

  3. Adrián Pérez-Melgosa, Stony Brook University, New York ‘Traces of Vlasta Lah: (En)-Gendering the Early Years of the New Latin American Cinema’

12:30-2:30 Lunch Break (free)


2:30-3:50 Panel 2 The Submerged Area of Women’s Cinema VA-114 Moderator: Isabel Arredondo, Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh

  1. Marie-Josée St Pierre, UQAM, Montréal ‘La marginalisation marginalisée: ou pourquoi l’historiographie féministe a oublié celle des animatrices’

  2. Patricia White, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore ‘Wonder Camera: Ulrike Ottinger’s Transnational Gaze’

  3. Anna Moya, University of Barcelona, Barcelona ‘Women in Border Conflicts on Screen: Cosmopolitanism and Self-Transformation in Tears of the Sun and The Whistleblower

3:50-4:00 Coffee break

4:00-5:30 Keynote 1 VA-114 Kay Armatage, University of Toronto, Toronto “Structures of Feeling: Gender Audits in Media”

            Respondent: Neepa Majumdar, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

8:00-10:00 VA-114: Special presentation: Ulrike Ottinger’s latest short, 2016, 20’

September 3: Women’s Cinema and Gender Theory in Global Culture


9:00-10:50 Panel 3 Women’ Cinema in Local/Global Contexts VA-114 Moderator: Rosanna Maule, Concordia University, Montreal

  1. Amanda Holmes, McGill University, Montreal “The Hotel Termas in La niña santa: Unstable Frames and Open Boundaries”

  2. Ilaria de Pascalis, Università di Roma Tre, Roma ‘Like Diamonds in the Sky, Or: Rihanna dans la banlieue. Bande de filles and the Global Pop Culture’

  3. Julie Ravary-Pilon, Université de Montréal, Montréal ‘Women filmmakers in Quebec’s national cinema’

  4. Ylenia Olibet, Concordia University, Montreal “’Je suis celibataire, hein, j’suis pas malade’: women’s negotiation of pain and pleasure in Les Gazelles(Mona Ayache, 2014)

10:50-11:10: Coffee break

11:10-1:00: Panel 4 Rethinking Female Stardom in a Transnational Framework VA-114 Moderator: Peter Rist, Concordia University, Montreal

  1. Catherine Russell, Concordia University, Montreal ‘Barbara Stanwyck, the Bad Mother’

  2. Kerry McElroy, Concordia University, Montreal ‘The Curious Case of the Maureen O’Hara; Foundation: Star Commemoration as Women’s Cinema Festival and its Problematics’

  3. Enrico Carocci, University of Roma Tre, Roma ‘The configuration of affect in Kathryn Bigelow’s cinema’

  4. Sabrina Vellucci, Università Roma Tre, Roma “‘Unhomely’ Domesticity in Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints and Dirt.

1:00-2:30 Lunch Break (free)

Afternoon 2:30-4:00 Panel 5 Female Film Auteurs in a Global Context VA-114 Moderator: Alanna Thain, McGill University, Montreal

  1. Monica Dall’Asta, Università di Bologna, Bologna ‘Myriam and the secret genealogy of French found footage film’ (TBC)

  2. Anita Stefanelli, University of Roma Tre, Roma ‘PROJECT SHIRLEY [CLARKE]: The Connection, Ornette: Made in America, A Portrait of Jason’

  3. Somayeh Ghazizadeh, Tehran Academy of Art, University of Applied Science and Technology, Teheran. ‘A Glance at the Documentary Films of Rakhshan Bani Etemad: The interpreter of Maladies’

4:00-4:15: Coffee break

4:15-5:30: Special presentation: The Women’s Film Project VA-114 Presented by Rosanna Maule and Guylaine Dionne with members of their research            team

6:00-9:00: Special event at the Cinémathèque québécoise: Ulrike Ottinger Presentation by Thomas Waugh and Patricia White

September 4: The global circuits and markets of women’s and LGTB cinema

Morning Moderator: Yuriko Furuhata, McGill University, Montreal 9:30-11:20 Panel 6 Modes and Practices within Global Women’s Cinema VA-114

  1. Lingzhen Wang, Brown University, Providence ‘Female Consciousness, Experimental Style and the Reconfiguration of the Social in 1980s Chinese Women’s Cinema: Zhang Nuanxin and Sacrifice of Youth (1985)’

  2. Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon, Eugene ‘In Her Image: Indian Feminism and the New Wave cinema’

  3. Kathleen Vernon, Stony Brook University, New York ‘Funny Voices: Gender and Subversion in Global Women’s Film Comedy’

  4. Jane M. Gaines, Columbia University, New York ‘Silent Era Women: Even More Global Than We Thought’

11:20-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:45: Panel 7 Women, Gender, and Film Festivals VA-114 Moderator: Eza Winton, Concordia University, Montreal

1.Melis Behlil, Kadir Has University, Istanbul ‘Film Festivals as a Site of Resistance’

  1. Antoine Damiens, Concordia University, Montreal Cineffable’s Invisible Labour: Translation, Transition, Cooperation.’

  2. Rosanna Maule, Concordia University, Montreal ‘Women’s Cinema and Professional Organizations’

12:45-2:00 lunch (free)


2:00-4:30: Special event: Homage to Chantal Akerman VA-114 Presentation by Veronica Pravadelli, Roma Tre University, Roma

4:30-4:45 Coffee break

4:45-6:00 Keynote 2 VA-114 Skadi Loist, University of Rostock, Rostock ‘Travelling the Circuit(s): Women’s and         Queer Cinema at Film Festivals’

Respondent: Kay Dickinson, Concordia University, Montreal

6:00-7:30 Roundtable Women and Film Culture in Québec, VA-114

Participants: Sarah Spring (film producer, president, RIDM); Michèle Thériault (Director, Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University); Guylaine Dionne (filmmaker, Montreal, member, Réalisatrices Équitables); Isabelle Hayeur (filmmaker, president, Réalisatrices Équitables). Moderator: Rosanna Maule, Concordia University, Montreal


The conference is free, no registration fee is required.



Visual Art Building, room 114, 1395 René Lévesque W. Blv., SGW Campus, ground floor

Cinémathèque québécoise 335, de Maisonneuve East Blv, Main Theatre

Metro Berri Uqam (Orange and Green line, St. Catherine De Maisonneuve exit)

* The GWC network was established in 2013 by Veronica Pravadelli with the purpose to investigate women’s agency and professional advancement in global scenarios of film production, distribution, and reception.  Two previous editions of the GWC network took place at Roma Tre University in 2011, directed by Veronica Pravadelli, and at Stony Brook University in 2013, co-directed by E. Ann Kaplan, Kathleen Vernon, and Adrián Pérez-Melgosa

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