Esther Eng and Other Challenges to World Feminism

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Saturday, February 6, 2016  7:30pm Various Locations


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Jane Gaines (Columbia University)

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)

Dorothy Arzner has long provided the paradigm for subversive feminist film making and the inspiration for a number of key questions concerning the (in)visibility and agency of female filmmakers in 20th century Hollywood. However, as S. Louisa Wei’s documentary Golden Gate Girls (2013) reveals, Arzner’s contemporary Esther Eng, a Chinese-American, openly-lesbian director, producer, and distributor working in Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York, offers a new paradigm of world feminist film making. Eng represents an intervention in the study of female film pioneers through the questions that her career poses surrounding immigration and queer theory, Chinese feminism, transnational film making, and more. This conference will celebrate Eng’s legacy and the current state of world feminism through keynote talks, panels, screenings, and roundtable discussions.

Thurs, Feb 4, 7:30–9:30 pm, Round Table, Columbia Faculty House
Fri, Feb 5, 10 am–6 pm, Conference Panels, Room 522-23, Butler Library; 7:30 pm, Screening, 511 Dodge Hall
Sat, Feb 6, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Room 522-23, Butler Library

Weihong Bao, UC Berkeley
Deirdre Boyle, The New School
Jane Gaines, Film & Media Studies Program, Columbia University
DeeDee Halleck, Paper Tiger Television
Hikari Hori, Columbia University
Yuka Kanno, Doshisha University
Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University
Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Columbia University
Ying Qian, Columbia University
Paulina Suárez-Hesketh, New York University
E.K. Tan, Stony Brook University
S. Louisa Wei, City University of Hong Kong; Director, Golden Gate Girls (2013)
Patricia White, Swarthmore College
Liu Yang, Nanjing University
Zhen Zhang, New York University
Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies

For full details, please visit the Film Studies Conference Site.


  • Keynote Speaker

    Yvonne Tasker

    Professor of Film Studies, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    University of East Anglia

  • Keynote Speaker

    Lingzhen Wang

    Associate Professor of East Asian Studies

    Brown University


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