Past Event

Women and The Silent Screen XI: Women, Cinema, and World Migration

June 1, 2022 - June 7, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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For 22 years, Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), a biennial international conference sponsored by Women and Film History International (WFHI), has brought together researchers focused on women’s pivotal roles in the first decades of motion picture history. WSS has supported the creation of a new view of the film industries that demonstrates the centrality of women in economic and labor history, criticism, aesthetics, narrative development, film culture, and film production in a globalized world. 

In June 2022, Columbia University in New York hosts WSS XI: Women, Cinema, and World Migration to highlight new scholarship connecting early cinema history to the migration and social mobility that caught up women globally when motion pictures arrived more than a century ago. We invite students, scholars, distributors, curators, and archivists from around the world to return to where the U.S. film industry began to explore how the new medium intersected with women’s movement across boundaries of gender, ethnicity, race, and class, considering occupational and national borders that excluded some women and welcomed others. For the first time, WSS XI features Jump Start, a platform for research sharing before the conference begins.

General Public Registration and Ticket information: TBA —  space limited

Wednesday, June 1, 2022: Museum of Modern Art — 11 West 53rd st. New York
6:00 pm — Archivists panel + screening. Museum of Modern Art — Titus 2 Theater

Columbia University — Morningside Hts & Manhattanville campuses
Thursday, June 2: Lenfest Center for the Arts/KOB Screening room 2nd fl. — single-strand 9:00 — 9:30 am — Registration — Lenfest Lobby Friday, June 3 — AM: Dodge Hall & PM: Lenfest Center for the Arts/KOB Screening Room
Saturday, June 4 — AM: Dodge Hall & PM: Lenfest Center for the Arts/KOB Screening Room
Sunday, June 5 — AM: Dodge Hall & PM: Lenfest Center for the Arts/KOB Screening Room
Monday, June 6 — Lenfest Center for the Arts — Domitor screenings in person — KOB Screening room
Women & Silent Screen XI Online: Zoom Webinar link: TBA
Tuesday, June 7 — 8 (New York Time) June 7 — 9 CST (China time)

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This event is sponsored by Women and Film History InternationalMA in Film and Media Studies Program, Columbia University School of the ArtsColumbia University History DepartmentThe Harriman Institute at Columbia UniversityWeatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia UniversityDragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund for C.V. Starr East Asian LibraryDigital Scholarship at Columbia Donald Keene Center of Japanese CultureColumbia Maison FrançaiseFort Lee Film CommissionCenter for Comparative Media at ColumbiaInstitute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender at ColumbiaPeking University School of the ArtsThe Center for Korean Research at ColumbiaThe Center for American StudiesThe Division of Humanities in the Arts and SciencesIona College