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Event Series Panel: Author Meets Critic
March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A panel from the BMW Center for German and European Studies’s annual event series, “A Century of Women’s Struggle: From the Franchise to #MeToo”
Dr. Hester Baer
University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Barbara Mennel
University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Peter Pfeiffer
Dr. Monika Shafi
University of Delaware
Dr. Friederike Eigler
Panelists will discuss Barbara Mennel’s recently published book Women and Work in 21st Century European Cinema.
From hairdressers and caregivers to reproductive workers and power-suited executives, images of women’s labor have powered a fascinating new movement within twenty-first-century European cinema. Social realist dramas capture precarious working conditions. Comedies exaggerate the habits of the global managerial class. Stories from countries battered by the global financial crisis emphasize the patriarchal family, debt, and unemployment. Barbara Mennel delves into the ways these films about female labor capture the tension between feminist advances and their appropriation by capitalism in a time of ongoing transformation.
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