Panel 6: Historicizing Gendered Media Production: From Fan Cultures to Feminism(s)

Chaired by Maitrayee Basu, at Middlesex University on the 16th of June 2015.

The panel features papers from –

Diana Anselmo-Sequeira (University of California-Irvine)
“Crafting a Sense of Self in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Movie-Going Girls as Media Producers, 1911-1919”

Diana Anselmo-Sequeira holds a PhD in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine and will be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Her dissertation examines the fan practices and personal archives of the first generation of American girls to grow up with the movies. Her work on female adolescence and visual culture has been published in several academic anthologies,the journals “Spectator” and “Luso-Brazilian Review,” and is forthcoming in “Cinema Journal.”

Anne O’Brien (Kairos Communications/Maynooth University)
“Hear Hoofbeats – Think Zebras: Women’s Leadership in Changing a Prefeminist Media Labour Force in Late 1970s Ireland”

Dr Anne O’ Brien works with Kairos Communications and the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University as a co-ordinator on their broadcast production degree. She has published in the areas of community media, politics, media and gender and creative labour and gender.

Heta Mulari (University of Turku, Finland)
“Historiography of Mediated Feminism: The Case of Swedish ‘Fittstim-feminism’”

Heta Mulari defended her PhD, ‘New Feminism, Gender Equality and Neoliberalism in Swedish Girl Films, 1995-2006’ in January 2015. A book based on Mulari’s thesis, ‘Swedish Girl Films’, will be published in 2016 by Intellect. Mulari’s research interests include feminist historiography, cultural history, girlhood studies, film studies and feminist media studies.