Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures

FAFF Workshop, i-Docs Symposium – 4 March 2016

Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures Workshop

i-Docs 2016 Symposium, Bristol, 2-4 March 2016

Led by Dr Kate Dossett and Dr Gina Denton (University of Leeds), and filmmaker Sharon Hooper (Leeds College of Art)

We are currently developing an interactive documentary (i-doc) that will bring together archival material from feminist archives and feminist filmmaking collectives, alongside contemporary video interviews with feminist filmmakers, activists and archivists on the process of making and archiving. What new stories and ideas emerge when documents, photographs and films are situated together? And how do we archive the role of activists, artists, archivists and historians who construct and mediate archives? Can the i-doc be a tool for a feminist approach to archiving and activism?

This workshop will involve a presentation on why the history of women’s archives matters and why current engagement with them, as well as the archiving of the most recent past, could have a radical effect on the possible future of feminism. We will also introduce the project so far, including showing some original material from Feminist Archive North and feminist production companies Leeds Animation Workshop and Vera Media, and screening clips from interviews we have conducted with the creators and curators of these archives. Following this, we wish to engage participants in discussion around issues of audience and engagement. In order to help shape and develop our project, we will be asking workshop participants questions such as, what is a feminist archive and how might you use an interactive documentary as an archive? This will take the form of small group tasks and collective mapping.

Date: Friday 4 March 2016, 10:30am – 11:45am

Venue: The Watershed, Bristol

Find out more about the i-Docs Symposium here.

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