Gender inclusivity and female participation in new screen industry ecologies

november, 2019

11nov3:30 pm5:00 pmGender inclusivity and female participation in new screen industry ecologiesJessica Balanzategui, Liam Burke, Mark Freeman, Eloise Ross

Event Details

Gender inclusivity and female participation in new screen industry ecologies
Proposed ARC Linkage: ACMI Screen Goddesses Exhibition

This presentation outlines a collaborative project with ACMI that is being developed by the research team for an ARC Linkage grant submission. The research project will work towards ACMI’s 2021 exhibition “Screen Goddesses”, as well as a series of other events and outcomes including an international conference, online archive or deep map of female and gender diverse screen industry histories, and a number of collaborative and sole-authored publications. The presentation will outline the early plans for the ACMI exhibition, the current shape of the ARC Linkage application, and constitution of the research team.

This project aims to contribute new understandings of how gender inclusivity in the screen industries is impacted by technological and industrial change. Research will examine current developments in screen production and distribution technology that are reshaping screen industries, such as subscription streaming video on demand (SVOD) platforms, to assess the level of gender inclusion such developments offer. The aim is to uncover how female and gender diverse screen industry practitioners are supported, accounted for, and/or hindered in new and emerging industry ecologies. Research into new developments will be carefully historicised, as the project will also examine how key historical junctures of technological and industrial change impacted gender inclusion and participation. For instance, the project will assess how changes in film editing and camera technologies across history intersect with industrial changes affecting gender inclusion. The project aims to ascertain how new screen industry paradigms across production, distribution, and exhibition can offer windows of opportunity for female or gender diverse practitioners, and how to best harness these windows before structural gender imbalances become entrenched. The project will offer new interventions and strategies to support gender inclusion policies and practices across different sectors of the film and television industries. As well as assessing the level of female and gender diverse participation in new and emerging screen industry ecologies, the project will also examine how audiences engage with gender representation in an increasingly fragmented and personalised on-demand screen content landscape.

Jessica Balanzategui is a Lecturer in the Cinema and Screen Studies program at Swinburne.

Liam Burke is a Senior Lecturer in and Head of the Cinema and Screen Studies program at Swinburne.

Mark Freeman is a Lecturer in and Course Coordinator of the Film and Television program at Swinburne.

Eloise Ross is a Lecturer/Academic Tutor in the Film and Television program at Swinburne.

Time

(Monday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

ATC205, Swinburne University of Technology

Burwood Road

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