Watch This Space: Gender, Responsibility and the Canon

Watch This Space: Gender, Responsibility and the Canon

School of Culture & Creative Arts
Date: Thursday 09 May 2019
Time: 11:00 - 16:30
Venue: Gilmorehill Halls, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
Category: Conferences, Films and theatre, Academic events, Student events
Speaker: Professor Sarah Benet-Weiser (Department of Media & Communications, LSE)

This symposium deals with the question of how curatorial ethics apply to film curation at festivals and in cinemas, film and television education, archiving and broadcasting. The cultural backdrop for the symposium is woven from threads that touch upon diverse, yet intersectional issues addressing the responsibilities of curators, lecturers, archivists, creators and producers.

#MeToo, Time’s Up, Black Lives Matter, Decolonising the Curriculum, Fake News, Diversity measures and many other debates like them challenge us as educators and creatives to consider our responsibility in conveying knowledge and documenting history.

What do we do with films and TV programmes by people who have been accused of sexual misconduct or other abuse of power? What role does archiving play in remembering and learning from the past? Who is represented in the archives documenting historical moments in time, and how can the stories of those who are absent be heard? Whose voices are recorded, documented and archived? Who gets to tell the stories of the past, present and future? How can we produce a new canon? What would a methodology of ethical curation on screens, classrooms and archives look like?

The symposium will begin with a keynote by Prof Sarah Benet-Weiser (Dept of Media and Communications, LSE), followed by a panel discussion with academics and practitioners to discuss the ethical implications of curating in cinema spaces, in classrooms and in archives or on broadcast television. The panel will lead into a workshop session to discuss these issues further, share experiences and develop action points for the future.

Please bring a device with you to allow internet access during the workshop session. This might be useful for tasks and group exercises.

Tickets for the symposium are FREE but you'll need to register through our Eventbrite page

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