Women in Contemporary Irish Film – Symposium

By 29 August 2019News & Events

Registration is open for Women in Contemporary Irish Film Symposium 5th September! Our Chair will be speaking at this free event, so book your ticket here!

About this Event

While male-centred narrative has dominated much of twenty-first-century Irish film, female characters have continued to provide some of the most memorable, and sociopolitically significant, moments on the contemporary screen. From the subversion of old tropes surrounding gendered stereotypes and roles, to the underlining of women’s place in and treatment through Irish history, contemporary depictions of women – as peripheral characters or protagonists – present fertile ground for exploring the societal and cultural trajectories of Ireland since the new Millennium.

While, behind the camera, gender diversity has perhaps been more evident across documentary, short, and experimental film, in recent years Irish women directors, producers, and screenwriters have achieved domestic and international successes across a range of genres and productive outputs.

Ireland’s cinematic relationship with women merits fresh consideration, and it is the aim of this Symposium to provide such a forum: to celebrate the achievements of women in Irish film, to highlight gender disparity, to discuss policy around Gender and Diversity, and to respond to an urgent topic in light of the significant changes and new discourses shaping the creative industries in Ireland and globally.


Guest speakers include Dr Susan Liddy (Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at MIC, Limerick, and Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland), Dr Loretta Goff (Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork), and Mr Anthony Muldoon on behalf of Screen Producers Ireland. The centrepiece of the event is a screening of award-winning director Carmel Winters’ latest film Float Like a Butterfly, followed by discussion, where Carmel will be in conversation with esteemed writer/director Pat Murphy.

This Symposium is organised by Dr Abigail Keating of the Department of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, and is made possible by the very generous support of the Department of Film and Screen Media, the School of Film, Music and Theatre, and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork.

For more details/updates on the event, see: https://womenirishfilm.wordpress.com