CFP (Conference): Intersectional Feminist Filmmaking in the Long 1960s, GSA 2023 (Deadline 1 February 2023)

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Call for Papers: Intersectional Feminist Filmmaking in the Long 1960s

German Studies Association 2023 (October 5-8, 2023; Montreal, Quebec)

Panel sponsored by the Coalition of Women in German


Recent years have seen a resurgence of attention to the production of women’s cinema and media, spurred on by global movements including #MeToo and #TimesUp, which have helped to make visible the many affinities that contemporary feminist filmmaking shares with the emancipatory impulses of the 1960s and 1970s. The digital era, social media, and the globalization of neoliberal political and economic policies have intensified and rendered pervasive many of the injustices with which activists and directors of that earlier era wrestled. At the same time, intersectional feminisms are proliferating in many film industries around the globe, as filmmakers mobilize around structural racism, gender violence and sexual predation, right populism, and social inequality. Within this context, scholars and filmmakers alike have turned with renewed interest to the impulses that originally gave rise to the germination of feminist countercinema.


This panel aims to reconsider—via a specific focus on intersectionality—transnational feminist filmmaking arising in connection with German-language contexts in the long 1960s. How do feminist films of the era engage with the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and religion, among others, in ways that still resonate with feminist filmmaking today? How do intersectional feminist perspectives shed light on earlier approaches to German cinefeminism and the New German Cinema? Which new aesthetic and political constellations emerge when re-reading particular films or oeuvres through the lens of recent developments in feminist, queer, and decolonial theory, or in tandem with contemporary filmmaking projects? We welcome contributions that focus on developing new theoretical approaches as well as analyses of specific films, filmmakers, genres, and movements.


Please submit your abstract (no more than 350 words) and a short bio to Hester Baer ( and Carrie Collenberg-González ( by February 1, 2023.