Female Agency and Subjectivity in Film and Television

April 11-13, 2019

Istanbul Bilgi University, İstanbul, Turkey

Conference Call

April 11-13, 2019
İstanbul, Turkey

Organized by: Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Film and Television

Location: Santralistanbul

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018

Conference Theme: Female Agency and Subjectivity in Film and Television

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Jackie Stacey (Manchester University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages)
  • Alisa Lebow (University of Sussex, Film Studies)
  • Kate İnce (University of Birmingham, French Film and Gender Studies)

Contact person: Nilüfer Neslihan Arslan

E-mail: ftvconference@bilgi.edu.tr


The conference aims to explore new configurations of female agency and subjectivity in film and television to develop new strategies for subverting patriarchal narratives. To this end, it explores the aesthetic, theoretical and ideological implications of research on women and cinema to re-visit the notion of female empowerment and subject formation processes both in the narrative structure and in the cinema and television industry itself.  

Historically, the politics and the forms of researching women and / in film and television have drawn upon several theoretical frameworks that focus on male gaze, female agency, women’s authorship, and so on. In search for a political and an aesthetic response to gender inequality in film and television, the conference aims to explore the stakes of feminist critique in this field. We are particularly interested in new ways of understanding the individuation, agency and subjectivity of women.

The conference invites papers and panel proposals in a broad range of issues that are integral to feminism (sex, body, violence, representation, reproduction, etc.) and cinema. Possible topics include, yet not limited to:

  • the stakes of feminist critique in film studies
  • female agency in narration
  • women in the production and exhibition processes of film
  • female gaze
  • feminist auteurs
  • the female stereotypes in films
  • women, biotechnology and cinema
  • cinema and genetic imaginaries
  • gender and genre
  • gender and television culture
  • women and non-fiction
  • gender, the national and the transnational in film and television

Please submit an abstract (up to 500 words), 3–5 bibliographical sources, 3-5 keywords as well as a short CV by 1st of December 2018 to the program committee. The selected abstracts for the conference will be announced by the 15th of December 2018.

Selected abstracts for presentation will be published online prior to the conference. Full papers selected for publication – both online and in print – will be announced after the conference. The conference language is English. All presentations have to be delivered in English by the participants in person. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Selection Committee

  • Dr. Alica Lebow (University of Sussex, Film Studies)
  • Prof. Anneke Smelik (Radboud University of Nijmegen, Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. Aslı Tunç (İstanbul Bilgi University, Media and Communication)
  • Dr. Ayşegül Kesirli Unur (İstanbul Bilgi University, Film and Television)
  • Prof. Berrin Yanıkkaya (Auckland University of Technology, Communication Studies)
  • Dr. Ebru Çiğdem Thwaites Diken (İstanbul Bilgi University, Film and Television)
  • Prof. Feride Çiçekoğlu (İstanbul Bilgi University, Film and Television)


santralistanbul Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13 34060 Eyüp İstanbul
444 0 428