Women in Hollywood - Free Symposium

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De Montfort University

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The context

2017 saw a number of high profile news stories around the poor treatment of women in the entertainment industry, from the Weinstein allegations and the explosion of #MeToo, to revelations about gender pay gaps and the under representation of female labour, both in front of the camera and behind.

About the symposium

This symposium will consider the intersecting factors that impact upon women working in Hollywood both now and in the past. It will be a platform to discuss the disadvantageous treatment of women and will offer an opportunity to highlight examples of women’s autonomy, agency, subversion and innovation in the American film industry.

This event is organised by the Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and will take place at DeMontfort University, Leicester on May 28th, 2018. It will run over a full day and will conclude with a panel discussion with Q&A. This closing section of the event will run between 5pm-6pm, will be open to the general public and will be recorded and made available as an audio download via this website.

Should you have a point you want to raise for discussion but you are unable to attend, feel free to email your point to or tweet with the hashtag #WomenInHollywood and we will endeavour to include you in the conversation.

All comers are welcome, scholars, practitioners and members of the public. But attendance must be booked in advance.

Confirmed Speakers

We are thrilled to announce that the panel discussion event, scheduled to run between 5pm and 6.15pm will open with an exclusive intervention by Jill Greenfield, the lawyer currently pursuing the UK civil case against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

We can also now confirm that Deborah Dean, Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at Warwick University will be offering valuable insights in our end of day, panel discussion. Her research specialisms include equality issues in employment, contingent work in the entertainment industry and the interrelation of legal, social and cultural regulation of work.

Our confirmed key note speaker at this event is Professor Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz) founding Editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal, and author of Lois Weber in Early Hollywood (University of California Press, 2015) and Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Otherwise our speakers include a range of scholars from across the UK and the world.

Registering to attend

To attract a range of voices to this conversation, this symposium is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Submitting a paper abstract

Our call for papers runs until Friday March 30th and is available at the following website:

We will announce final decisions on submissions by Friday 6th April.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No. As long as you come with an open mind and have registered to attend, we are happy to have you.

Do I need to be a scholar to attend?

Absolutely not! We want a range of perspectives at this event.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Leicester has excellent train and coach links. The Hugh Aston building is situated on the DeMonfort campus, in Leicester city centre, about 15 minutes walk from the train station, just off Mill Lane and Gateway Street. There is reasonably priced parking available at the Newarke Street multi storey car park, next to the Sue Townsend Theatre. The car park is two minutes walk from the Hugh Aston building.

The event starts at 9. Is this strict? Will I be allowed in if I arrive late?

This is not strict. You can come and go as you like through the day. Registration and refreshments are available 9-9.30am. The panels start at 9.30 am.

What are the catering arrangements for this event?

We will provide light refreshments in the morning and the afternoon. These will be free to all attendees. We will be heading to local vegetarian Indian restaurant Shivalli (five minutes walk from campus) for lunch. Attendees will be required to pay for their meal.

Will I find this event triggering?

We cannot promise that you will not. We will most likely discuss upsetting topics at some point, but we are seeking to provide a safe, supportive space in which attendees can do this. You are free to come and go as you feel appropriate throughout the day. Should you have any concerns, or would like a specific provision to be made, please feel free to contact us in advance and we will try our best to ensure you are catered for.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any other questions, please email

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