Conference Themes

We invite proposals for twenty minute presentations, panels, round-table discussions, screenings and targeted hands on workshops/masterclasses around any topic concerning women blazing a trail in and around the film and television industries. These might include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical developments
  • Representations on and off screen relating to diversity in all its forms (race, ethnicity, gender, class, disability, sexuality, religion, age)
  • Industrial contexts
  • Activism
  • Moving beyond stereotypes
  • Sexualisation of women
  • What next after #MeToo #TimesUp
  • Pay transparency
  • Role of the academy in supporting female filmmakers from all backgrounds 
  • Stardom and celebrity
  • Female led production teams - is this the answer?
  • Gendered roles
  • The 'powerful' woman
  • Visible and invisible trailblazers

A selection of papers will form a special edited collection, following the conference. A noted publisher has expressed interest in publishing an academic edited collection which will feature papers from practitioners and scholars and seek to blend theory and practice on the subject of Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen. It will be edited by conference director Lucy Brown and Dr Lee-Jane Bennion–Nixon.


Please submit abstracts of 300 words maximum together with a short author biography (100 words) to by 9th March 2018. We will notify applicants by 23rd March 2018.