Call for papers


Dear applicant:

Due to the large volume of proposals received for the Symposium Women, Cinema and Film Archive, the Scientific Committee is still working on the review process.

In the next few days we will personally contact the selected and non-selected applicants by mail.

We appreciate your understanding.

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2023 FIAF Congress Symposium

April 17th and 18th, 2023, Mexico City


Women, cinema, and film archives

The 2023 FIAF Congress symposium will discuss how cinema and film archives in the 21st century can further gender equity. We are inviting paper proposals that explore ways in which the characteristics of archival work and their collections can be reviewed from a gender perspective. We want to celebrate the legacy of women in the film archive’s history and their role in developing its future.

What might a historical examination reveal of the collections and the practices adopted in our archives? What discourses are prioritized in the films we preserve and show? What strategies can be embraced to imagine and achieve a fair future for those working in film industries and film heritage institutions?

Through case studies, active research, round tables, discussion panels, and examples of good practices, the symposium aims to produce a roadmap for FIAF affiliates and other institutions while empowering their staff and generating links between symposium participants.


Proposals for conference presentations on the following topics are invited:

  • Female perspectives and legacy in archival practice.
  • Pioneers and game-changers.
  • Historical examination of the presence of patriarchal values in archival practices.
  • Gender politics of memory in film practice.
  • Work of women featured in film collections.
  • Equity, diversity, and ethics in film archives.
  • Female perspectives in curatorial work and discourse.
  • Research and dissemination of gender-related collections.
  • Women’s representation and participation in the film industry.
  • Identity, community, and minority film collections.
  • Sharing best practices on gender in film archives.



The Scientific Committee hopes to receive paper proposals in either of two formats: individual contributions or pre-constituted panels. As this symposium aims to generate not only debate and exchange but also concrete strategies that FIAF affiliates and outside institutions can implement, we recommend that the proposals consider formats and contents conducive to this objective.

In this sense, the inclusion of round tables, conversations, and case studies that inspire the archival community towards a more equitable horizon will be encouraged. Knowing that this transformation requires women, men, and non-binary people, the symposium will celebrate the participation of panelists of any gender identity.

To promote a dynamic and participatory meeting, we ask that the slideshow presentations accompanying the selected proposals emphasize graphic and audiovisual materials to support the conversation, minimizing the use of extensive texts.

Individual contributions and pre-constituted panels can be proposed in any of the three official FIAF languages (English, French, and Spanish).


Individual contributions

Individual contributions (lectures, presentations, and case studies, among others) must have a maximum duration of 15 minutes. Each paper will share a session with a maximum of four other participating proposals, with a collective space for discussion. For individual contributions, please send us a summary of a maximum of 200 words in a document in Word format and a 200-word résumé in a document in Word format.


Pre-constituted panels

The pre-constituted panels must last a maximum of 90 minutes (including discussion). In these cases, we ask that participants provide the name, position, institution, nationality, and brief résumé of each speaker (in a document in Word format of a maximum of 200 words per person) as well as the information of the institutions they represent and a summary of 300 words maximum. Whenever possible, suggest your preferred moderators; we invite participants to consider including partners and colleagues outside the FIAF network.


How to submit proposals

In either case, those interested in participating must fill out the online form before January 8, 2023. The Symposium Scientific Committee will announce the final selection of papers for the Symposium on January 31, 2023. Any questions or comments should be directed by email to


Proposals may be submitted in one of the three languages of the Symposium (English, French, or Spanish). Please also indicate in which language the proposed presentation or panel will be held.


Symposium Calendar

Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, 2023. A total of eight sessions of 90 minutes each will be held.



Deadline for the presentation of proposals: January 8, 2023.


The Symposium Scientific Committee will announce the final selection of papers for the Symposium on January 31, 2023.


Proposals received before January 8, 2023 will be fully considered. During the review phase, the Symposium Scientific Committee is happy to offer comments and suggestions to help applicants develop their proposals as part of a compact but complex program. As a result, some proposals may be recommended for other events or publications, while others may be rejected.


Members of the Scientific Committee

Coordinator: Mariana Gándara, Executive Coordinator, Bergman Chair in Film and Theater, UNAM (Mexico City)

Erika Arroyo, Communications, Bergman Chair in Film and Theater, UNAM (Mexico City)

Mariona Bruzzo, Head of Film Archive, Filmoteca De Catalunya – ICEC (Barcelona)

Karen Chan, Executive Director, Asian Film Archive (Singapore)

Mariana Domínguez Ceja, Institutional Liaison, Filmoteca UNAM (Mexico City)

Maria Assunta Pimpinelli, Head of Film Collections, Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale (Rome)

Chalida Uabumrungjit, Director, Thai Film Archive (Nakornpathom)


For any questions or comments, use the following email address: