Hidden Labor – Women’s Conditions in the Swedish Film Industry

Tuesday, 02 November 2021, 13:00 to 14:00

Maria Jansson

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A collaborative event between the Department of Media and Communication (Örebro University) & the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (Oxford Brookes). The Swedish film institute has become internationally renowned for its work on gender equality as the numbers of women directors, screenwriters and producers have increased since the instigation of gender equality reform. However, women in the Swedish film industry still work in projects with lower budgets, struggle with obnoxious men on the set and work hard to combine demands for flexibility at work with ideals of the present mother. This talk argues that women put a lot of labor into dealing with gender injustices in the film industry. This work is invisible in the sense that it is not recognized and sometimes it is even considered shameful to mention. Departing from women’s narrations of their experiences of working in the Swedish film industry the talk exemplifies how gender inequality is manifested in financing and producing film and how women struggle to deal with this.

Maria Jansson holds a PhD in political science and is professor of Gender Studies at Örebro University. Her research interests include women’s working conditions and cultural policy. She is currently PI in the project Representing Women: Gendering Swedish Film Culture, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Among her recent publications are “‘The Final Cut’: Directors, Producers and the Gender Regime of the Swedish Film Industry” (co-authored with Frantzeska Papadopoulou, Ingrid Stigsdotter and Louise Wallenberg) in Gender, Work and Organization, 2020; “Experiencing Male Dominance in Swedish Film Production” (co-authored with Louise Wallenberg), in Liddy (ed). Women in the International Film Industry (Palgrave, 2020); and “Representing and Experiencing Motherhood on- and off-Screen in the Swedish Film Industry” (co-authored with Louise Wallenberg) in Liddy and O’Brien (eds) Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood (Routledge, 2021).

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