Date: 4:30pm EDT March 22

Representation Matters: Women’s Cinema and Film Activism in the 21st Century - A Talk by Hester Baer

Hester Baer, Associate Professor of German at the University of Maryland College Park, will give this talk followed by a Q&A.

This talk addresses today’s global movement to achieve better representation for women in front of and behind the camera. While women first made major gains in access to the means of film and television production in the 1970s, the privatization and conglomeration of media industries led to the widespread dismantling of those gains in the 1990s and 2000s. In response, a range of campaigns and tactics have emerged to combat women’s ongoing exclusion from feature filmmaking, giving rise to a vital transnational movement to resignify the representational practices and production modes historically associated with women’s cinema. Focusing on examples from North America and Europe, with particular attention to Germany, I consider the aesthetic and political stakes of today’s emergent women’s film and television culture.


The event is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Gender Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Humanities program, William James Forum, Phi Beta Kappa, and it is free and open to the public.