Esther Eng and Other Challenges to Women and World Cinema | Film Studies Conference

Esther Eng and Other Challenges to Women and World Cinema
Thurs–Sat, Feb 4–6, 2016

Thurs, Feb 4, 7:30–9:30 pm, Round Table, Columbia Faculty House
Fri, Feb 5, 10 am–6 pm, Conference Panels, Room 522-23, Butler Library; 7:30 pm, Screening, 511 Dodge Hall
Sat, Feb 6, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Room 522-23, Butler Library
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway

Esther Eng

Keynote Speakers:
Yvonne Tasker, University of East Anglia
Lingzhen Wang, Brown University

Weihong Bao, UC Berkeley
Deirdre Boyle, The New School
Jane Gaines, Film & Media Studies Program, Columbia University
DeeDee Halleck, Paper Tiger Television
Hilary Hallett, Columbia University
Hikari Hori, Columbia University
Yuka Kanno, Doshisha University
Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University
Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Columbia University
Ying Qian, Columbia University
Paulina Suárez-Hesketh, New York University
E.K. Tan, Stony Brook University
S. Louisa Wei, City University of Hong Kong; Director, Golden Gate Girls (2013)
Patricia White, Swarthmore College
Liu Yang, Nanjing University
Zhen Zhang, New York University
Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies
Dorothy Arzner has long provided the paradigm for subversive feminist filmmaking and the inspiration for a number of key questions concerning the (in)visibility and agency of female filmmakers in 20th century Hollywood. However, as S. Louisa Wei’s documentary Golden Gate Girls (2013) reveals, Arzner’s contemporary Esther Eng, a Chinese-American, openly-lesbian director, producer, and distributor working in Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York, offers a new paradigm for world feminist theory and filmmaking. Eng represents an intervention in the study of female film pioneers through the questions that her career poses surrounding immigration and queer theory, Chinese feminism, transnational filmmaking, and more. This conference will celebrate Eng’s legacy and reconsider feminist theory and world cinema in light of her contribution through keynote talks, panels, screenings, and roundtable discussions.

Organized by the MA in Film Studies Program at Columbia University School of the Arts and The Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race, Columbia University

Co-Sponsors: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services; C.V. Starr East Asian Library/Dragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund; School of the Arts;  Department of English and Comparative Literature;  Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality;  Institute for Comparative Literature and Society;  Heyman Center for the Humanities; East Asian Languages and Cultures, Sites of Cinema/Columbia University Seminars

Related Events:

Screening and discussion: Golden Gate Girls (dir. S. Louisa Wei, 2013)
New York University, Dept. of Cinema Studies
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Wed, Feb 3, 6:15 pm
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“How to Make Your Research into a Film”
Lunch/talk with S. Louisa Wei (School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; Director, Golden Gate Girls)
Columbia University, Dodge Hall, Room 411
Thurs, Feb 4, 12 pm–1 pm

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