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Women and Film in Africa Conference: Overcoming Social Barriers (London): Abstract Deadline 16 September 2011



Women and Film in Africa Conference: Overcoming Social Barriers

Conference organised by the
Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster

Date: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2011
Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

This is a 1st Call for Papers for a conference on the contemporary and historical role played by women in the film, television and video industries in Africa. From the Arab North Africa, West Africa, Central and East Africa, through to Southern Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism to become the unsung heroines of the moving image as producers, directors, actresses, script writers, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television and video in postcolonial Africa. Sadly, such immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera have overcome social barriers and yet this is sidelined. This conference invites students, practitioners, academics and researchers to debate how women have contributed to film, television and video markets in Africa from pre-colonial, colonial to postcolonial periods. Existing industry and academic work should also discuss the ways female audiences in Africa have engaged with film, television and video texts. The conference will include a session with leading female filmmakers. Papers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following themes:


  • The Influence of Feminism on African filmmakers
  • Women in front and behind the camera in African film
  • Women in the African feature film industry
  • Women in technical roles in film, video and television in Africa
  • Women documentary makers in Africa
  • Gender and Representation of Women in African film
  • Audiences for films by African women/Female audiences in Africa
  • Case histories of leading African women film makers
  • Women scriptwriters
  • African women acting in video, film and television
  • Censorship and the portrayal of African women in film and television
  • The role of NGOs in commissioning women filmmakers and issue-based films
  • How African governments have helped or hindered filmmaking by African women


The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 16 September, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 23 September, 2011. Abstracts should be 200 words long. They must include the title of the conference, presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please ensure when saving your abstract that your name is part of the file name. Please email your abstract to Helen Cohen, Events Administrator at: (journalism@westminster.ac.uk


This two day conference will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 2011. The fee for registration (which applies to all participants, including presenters) will be £135, with a concessionary rate of £55 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in September 2011

Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema opens a website

Beti Ellerson, founder of the Centre for the Study and Reseach of African Women in Cinema

For those interested in research or resources on African women in cinema, a new website is under construction for the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema. The online centre

has as its objective, to provide a space for study and research of myriad topics relating to African women in cinema.

Scholar and filmmaker, Beti Ellerson who started and is running the initiatives spoke of the reasoning behind the centre in an interview with Africine:

Wanting to continue to update and document the experiences of African women in cinema, but realizing the generally fixed state and linearity of the book and film-in hard copy, I followed the trend of new media and social networking to continue the project, which provided the means to continually update information. Understanding the importance of a global database available to anybody, anywhere, I wanted to provide an online resource. I launched the Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema, as a virtual environment in which cultural producers, scholars, students, and the general public may research information relating to African women in cinema: filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals. As social media and video sharing have become central features of the Internet, the Center extends to include the African Women in Cinema Blog, and a presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion.

Currently the website, which is still being developed, provides links to the resource rich African Women in Cinema blog, out of which the centre seems to have grown, as well as a video blog on which you can watch content about and by African women filmmakers and feeds you can follow on social networking sites facebook and twitter.