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Women's Work in British Film and Television Conference


Doing Women’s Film and Television History III: Structures of Feeling


About the conference


Doing Women’s Film and Television History III: Structures of Feeling 

Keynote speakers: Miranda J Banks, Melanie Bell, Shelley Cobb, Kate Dossett, Jane Gaines, Michele Hilmes, Linda Ruth Williams

Building on the success of the previous two ‘Doing Women's Film and Television History' conferences, this three-day international conference will bring together academics, archivists, curators and creative practitioners to explore current developments in researching and interpreting the history of women’s activity in and around cinema and television. 

The central theme of this edition, 'Structures of Feeling,' is derived from the work of Raymond Williams on social change, and commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 1975 publication of Patterns of Discrimination Against Women in the Film and Television Industries by the Association of Cinematograph, Television and allied Technicians (ACTT) union’s Committee of Equality. Such reports are invaluable because they identify the ways in which women’s work in ‘below-the-line’ roles have been undervalued as well as highlighting the policies, practices and assumptions of the industries that keep gendered hierarchies in play.  Crucially they also make visible the largely ‘invisible labour’ of cinema and television that is carried out by women. 

While these 'jumping-off' points explore women working in UK production contexts, Doing Women's Film & TV History III, like its predecessors, is international in scope and the conference will explore the ‘structures of feeling’ of women working in different national system of film and television production across diverse historical periods. The conference will also address the various critical and historiographic tools that can be utilised to bring women’s ‘structures of feeling’ in film and television history to view. 

Doing WFTHH III is organised by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘A History of Women in the British Film and Television Industries,’ in association with the Women's Film & Television History Network: UK/Ireland. 

Further details of the project can be found at:

Further details of the network can be found at:

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th May 2016

Venue: Phoenix Cinema

Location: Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre
                 4 Midland Street
                 LE1 1TG


Here is a detailed copy of the programme of events for the 3 day conference:

DWFTHIII Conference programme PDF (320kb)


Registration for this event is currently only open to speakers. Please contact if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a place at the conference.

Travel and accommodation

The Venue: Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, Leicester, UK

The conference will take place at the Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre in Leicester, UK, 18-20 May 2016. The Phoenix’s website which provides details of how to navigate your way to the venue.

Travelling to Leicester

Situated in the East Midlands, Leicester is easily accessible via planes, trains, coaches and cars.

For those travelling from outside of the UK, Leicester is a one-hour train journey from London St Pancras rail station, so it’s easy to reach from the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted) or via the East Midlands International Airport.

To help plan your journey, you may find the Visit Leicester website helpful.


There is a range of accommodation options near the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester. 

You may find it useful to search for accommodation near to the venue which is situated in Leicester city centre (Address: Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG).

Contact Info

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please email

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