Archives for November2018

‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers. National Memories and Global Identities’ – new book

New book: ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers. National Memories and Global Identities’ by Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Heather Norris Nicholson (Edinburgh University Press, 2018. ISBN:9781474420730. Also available in eBook)

This is the first book to address the topic of British women amateur filmmakers. The study of amateur filmmaking and media history is a rapidly-growing specialist field, and this ground-breaking book is the first to address the subject in the context of British women’s amateur practice. Using an interdisciplinary framework that draws upon social and visual anthropology, imperial and postcolonial studies, and British and Commonwealth history, the book explores how women used the evolving technologies of the moving image to write visual narratives about their lives and times. Locating women’s recreational visual practice within a century of profound societal, technological and ideological change, ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers’ discloses how women negotiated aspects of their changing lifestyles, attitudes and opportunities through first-person visual narratives about themselves and the world around them.

Key Features
· Brings expertise in interpreting relevant archive visual material specific to an under-researched film genre: amateur cinematic practice
· Combines newly uncovered findings on women’s amateur film and video-related practice with relevant primary and secondary literature
·  Explores key issues of gender and amateur film practice across various social, cultural and racial contexts

“Packed with keenly researched historical detail and splendidly illustrated, ‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers’ brings to light the fascinating and hitherto hidden history of women’s contribution to amateur film practice.”
Annette Kuhn, Emeritus Professor in Film Studies, Queen Mary University of London

· Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is an affiliated Lecturer in digital and new media anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Fellow and Tutor, Clare Hall.
· Heather Norris Nicholson holds honorary research positions at the University of Huddersfield and also at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A 30% discount is available for purchases directly from publisher with the following promotional code: NEW30. Please feel welcome to recommend it to your librarian. Flyer available here British Women Amateur Filmmakers[1]


Family Tales. Small Gauge Stories and Narrations

“Family Tales. Small Gauge Stories and Narrations
Home Movies – Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Saturday, November 17 – 5.30 pm | Talk / Screening

Last chapter of Family Tales workshop. Started the last June, the course has allowed participants to plunge themselves in the stories hidden in Home Movies Archive films. Sometimes unseizable stories, recalling oral memory of protagonists and witnesses, which have been recovered and brought to light with the aim of making them publicly available. We’ll present a varied landscape: from a Friulian family emigrated to Belgian Congo in the early century, to the families of dock workers from Ravenna, intertwining 9.5mm lyric and elegant images as well as rough super8 which document innovative school experiences from ‘70s.

Curated by Ilaria Ferretti and Chiara Petrucci with the collaboration of workshop participants.”

For further information see Archivio Aperto XI edition

Learning Home Movies. Educational Uses of Amateur and Private Film

“Learning Home Movies. Educational Uses of Amateur and Private Film
Home Movies – Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Friday, November 16 – 4 pm | Talk

Home Movies, in collaboration with Istituto per la Storia e le Memorie del Novecento Parri, offers a training course designed for teachers working with high school students and focused on research and educational use of unseen and private material preserved at the Archive, of which this talk constitutes the methodological introduction. The urgency of proposing courses that bring the youngsters closer to the history of 20th Century, which, at their eyes, is distant and with no apparent links to the present, is increasingly evident.”

For further information see Archivio Aperto XI edition

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