Eye International Conference 2019

25-28 mei 2019

The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference hosted by the 5th Eye International Conference: 


Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), an international conference held biennially, brings together research focusing on all forms of women’s presence in the earliest decades of motion picture history. After its first edition in Utrecht in 1999, the conference is coming back to the Netherlands to celebrate its twentieth year. The theme of WSS X is Sisters, taken both literally and figuratively within a wide range of theoretical and historical angles.

The Eye International Conference, held annually, explores contemporary archival and academic debates, catering to film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, curators, and restorers. The conference includes panels and special screenings of (restored) films.

We are proud to announce the names of the keynote speakers:

Prof. Jaqueline Stewart: a professor at the Department of Cinema and Media Studies of the University of Chicago, her research and teaching explore African American film cultures from the origins of the medium to the present. Stewart's research topics also include the archiving and preservation of moving images, and “orphan” media histories, including nontheatrical, amateur, and activist film and video.

Dr. Annette Förster: a media historian and film curator who specializes in women in film history. Förster was among the initiators of the first Women and the Silent Screen Conference which took place in Utrecht in 1999. Her acclaimed book Women in the Silent Cinema. Histories of Fame and Fate (Amsterdam University Press) was published in 2017.


For any inquiries, you may contact

Programme Committee
  • Annette Förster (WFHI) 
  • Giovanna Fossati (Eye/UvA)
  • Minette Hillyer (WFHI/Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Jennifer Horne (WFHI/University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Asli Ozgen-Tuncer (UvA)
  • Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye)
  • Gerdien Smit (Eye)
  • Eleni Tzialli (Eye)


Steering Committee

Eye International Conference

  • Giovanna Fossati (President)
  • Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
  • Frank Roumen (Eye Collection Day)


Dates and Location

Dates: Saturday May 25 to Tuesday May 28, 2019
Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

*Registration and Fees





Early Bird Passe-partout (25-28 May) before April 1


Passe-partout (25-28 May)


Day Ticket (Sunday 26 May)


Day Ticket (Monday 27 May)


Day Ticket (Tuesday 28 May)

*Registrations will open in early February