Women’s Documentaries in the Middle East
Middle Eastern women have been at the forefront of progressive socio-cultural changes in the region and in recent decades their efforts have been concomitant with an increased presence in the field of documentary film. As Boel Ulfsdotter and Anna Backman Rogers assert, “women’s increasing claims to equal societal rights and vocalization on a global scale have had a decisive impact on female agency in relation to the documentation of contemporary issues” (2018, 1). Given the rise of women documentarians and documentaries on women in the Middle East, this panel aims to investigate women’s documentary impulses and practices in the region, and further discussion of these documentaries’ representations and their impacts on socio-cultural, political, gender, sexual, and/or religious transformations. The panel also highlights the particular conditions and practices through which these representations come to exist.
We welcome papers from a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, that deal with textual and contextual aspects of women’s documentaries in the Middle East and related transnational contexts. Additionally, we welcome examinations of pedagogical, academic, and institutional practices that help bring about visibility and advocacy for Middle Eastern women documentarians working in the region. Topics might include, but are not limited to the following:
-Female Subjectivity and Agency
-War, Immigration and Refugee Issues
-Religion, Politics, and Law
-Affect and Mimesis
-Trans and Queer Documentary
-Race, Ethnicity, and Class
-Documentary Film Festivals and Distribution Venues
-Feminist Documentaries in the Classroom
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