Notice of Conference Cancellation: Doing Women’s Film and Television History V: Forming Histories/Histories in Formation 
20th-22nd May, 2020, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Dear all,
We are profoundly disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of the Doing Women’s Film & Television History V conference at Maynooth University, May 20-22nd 2020. The committee, the network and the university have monitored the development of the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the increase in cases in Ireland this week, the Irish government has today taken special measures to restrict on-campus teaching and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. This will extend until 29th March at the earliest and possibly beyond this date. We had hoped that the situation would have de-escalated but, unfortunately, this has not occurred to date. 
 
Given the health concerns for visitors to Ireland and the university, the increasing number of country travel bans and restrictions, and the uncertainty created by an indefinite period of isolation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference.
 
All registration fees will be refunded and we are currently preparing to process these. Those who had to cancel prior to this announcement and had already paid registration fees will also be refunded. A notification will be issued once this process is commenced.
 
We are in preliminary talks to host the next conference in 2022 and we will endeavour to submit information on this and to prioritise and honour the 2020 papers, panels and workshops if people wish to resubmit. Further information will be made available on this as soon as possible.
 
We, again, express our sorrow at cancelling the conference and ask that you have patience with us as we make future arrangements. If you have any questions about this, get in touch. We will endeavour to respond as soon as we can. 
 
 
All the best in difficult times.
  
Sarah Arnold
The DWFTHV conference organising committee

 
The fifth biennial Doing Women’s Film & Television History conference hosts papers from researchers and practitioners engaged in the exploration, uncovering, archiving and dissemination of women’s roles in film and television, as well as wider media, both in the past and today. The theme of this conference - ‘Forming Histories/ Histories in Formation’ – aims to foreground issues pertaining to the production, curation and archiving of women’s histories in film and television as well as the methods for, and approaches to, producing and shaping these histories as they form.  We have selected papers that provide added richness to the theme of ‘Women in Film & Television’ in The UK and Ireland and further afield.  

A provisional programme is available here. Please note that this is subject to amendment and a final programme will be available shortly before the conference. 
 

About Women’s Film and Television History Network

WFTHN focuses on British and Irish women working in the UK/Ireland or abroad and on overseas women working here. It is affiliated to Women & Film History International and encourages British and Irish contributions to international initiatives such as the Women Film Pioneers Database, the biennial international Women and Silent Screen conferences and the women’s television conference, Consoling Passions. WFTHN is not based in a single institution but collaborates with a range of professional and academic organizations, archival collections and websites relevant to women’s filmmaking and television production such as the Women and Silent British Cinema (WSBC) website, Screenonline, the British Film Institute, The Women’s Library, WiFT (UK) and so on.

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Organising and programming committee

If you have any queries feel free to contact Sarah Arnold at dwfthv@gmail.com