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Panel: Letters, lives and archives: an epistolary approach to women’s film history



Letters and personal correspondence held in public and private collections offer a rich primary resource for film scholars, especially for research on figures who have been sidelined or marginalised in traditional historiography. Showcasing new work on three such individuals - Jill Craigie, Lotte Eisner, Lotte Reiniger - this panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of an epistolary methodology. How can we re-construct a life from women’s written communications and other print-based materials in the archive? How can this approach help us to move beyond ‘surface’ level understanding in order to re-think women’s contributions to cinema and film history? 


The panel speakers are Julia Eisner, Tashi Petter and Lizzie Thynne.


This panel came out of a collaborative workshop delivered by Julia Eisner and Tashi Petter, as part of the DAAD-funded project ‘Circulating Cinema: the moving image archive as Anglo-German contact zone (CIRCE)’.


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