DOING WOMEN'S (GLOBAL) (HORROR) FILM HISTORY (2023)
Doing Women’s (Global) (Horror) Film History (DWGHFH) is a ten–month training programme for critics working on women horror filmmakers in non-anglophone countries, with a particular focus on the Global South. This includes case studies of women filmmakers from, or working in Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Senegal, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea and Japan.
Each contributor is trained on the theory and practice of videographic essays, and each contributor will produce a video essay and a piece of reflective writing at the end of the programme. The video essays and accompanying writing will be published in a special double issue of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, in Autumn 2023.
The programme takes place online, taught out of Germany, the UK, the USA and Canada. Of the 30+ contributors on the programme, some are horror scholars, while others are new to horror, but have expertise in national cinemas. Many do not work inside the academy at all, and have experience launching and running film festivals, or working freelance as film critics. Of the academics in the programme, the majority are PhD students or early career.
The project is run by Alison Peirse, as part of her AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship, Feminist Horror Cinema (February 2022 - July 2023). Masterclasses and workshops are delivered by Catherine Grant, Miriam Kent, Evelyn Kreutzer, Neepa Majumdar, Dayna McLeod and Tanya Vital.
The Call for Proposals was released February 2022. Contributors began the programme in July 2022. A number of the contributors reflected upon their experiences to date in a roundtable at the De-Westernising Horror Cinema conference in November 2022. An ongoing showcase of the contributors videographic exercises can be found on Vimeo, and you can follow the progress of the project on Instagram with the hashtag #DWGHFH and Alison's saved DWGHFH highlights.
TABLE OF CONTENTS to follow.
Image opposite taken from Clementina (2017, Argentina), written and directed by Jimena Monteoliva.