Lectures

I regularly give public lectures and have lectured widely to academic audiences. 

Abigail Morris, Director of the Jewish Museum, London, shares her feedback:
You totally wowed everyone. Thank you so much. Amazing triumph. Plus everyone said you were lovely to work with”

Shtisel: Freudian Readings of the Hit Israeli Show, Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program, Monday 18 Jan. 2021. Over 420 international participants joined this online lecture. 

Limmud 2020 (Online)

The Making of RBG, Sunday 27 December, 17:00
Celebrating the life and work of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020). In discuss with Julie Cohen, co-director of documentary film “RBG”.

Zooming In: Lockdown and the Screen, Tuesday 29 December, 20:00
During 2020, many of us have spent more time engaging with screens than ever before. This session explores the new challenges and benefits of online life to Jewish communities, from Zoom weddings to virtual film festivals. I discuss practical and psychological implications of screen-time and offer my top picks of 2020’s Jewish-themed film and TV.

Previous lectures include:

The “Jewish American Princess” in Hollywood Movies: From Stereotype to Role-Model, 2 part lecture series, August 2020, hosted by the JCC Staten Island (via Zoom) 

“Shtisel”: Freudian readings of the hit Israeli series, online Study Day with the Freud Museum London, 12 July 2020

Fleabag” and Friends: The Women Behind the TV Revolution, online lecture for BabbleTalks,  17 June 2020

Participating in the Focus on Fellini Centenary season at the BFI Southbank:

Gender and sexuality in Federico Fellini’s cinema (Roundtable), 10 February 2020

The Making of Fellini: Celebrity, Myth and Public Persona lecture, 19 January 2020

Limmud Festival 2019: 
“Mrs Maisel and friends: the Jewish women behind the TV revolution” and
“Shtisel: the passion and pain of a Haredi heartthrob”. See online schedule for times and venues. I’ll also be participating in panel discussions. 

The ‘Jewish American Princess’ in Hollywood FilmManchester Day Limmud conference, Sunday 30 June 2019

Money and Daddy: Social Responsibility and Hollywood’s “Jewish American Princess”
May 8 2019 at 7pm, at the Jewish Museum London

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“Money and Daddy” at the Jewish Museum

Illustrated Lecture: Jewish Britain on Film. Part of Jewish History Month. 11 March 2019 at the Rio Cinema

In conversation
Discussing the impact and themes of Lina Wertmüller’s groundbreaking film:

Seven Beauties Barbican ScreenTalk, 6 March 2019

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Money and Daddy: Social Responsibility and Hollywood’s “Jewish American Princess”
27 January 2019, Jom Ijun, Zurich
http://jomijun.ch 

Pre-screening discussion, introducing One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (1977), directed by Agnès Varda, 23 July 2018 at JW3 Cinema

What Makes a Jewish Film Jewish? at Jewish Speakers’ Corner, Big Jewish Summer Fete, Highbury Fields, 10 June 2018

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I presented three sessions at Limmud Festival, December 2017:

  • #MeToo in Hollywood: Will 2018 see the dawn of a new era? A session discussing the consequences of allegations of sexual harassment which keep on coming. Will there be lasting change in Hollywood? How can we continue to watch classic films? And how do we deal with the issue as a Jewish community?
  • Transparent goes to Israel. Analysis and thought-provoking discussion of sexuality, Jewish history and identity in the latest series of Transparent. 
  • Our Brilliant Friend: The unmasking of Elena Ferrante. Delving into the identity politics, ethics and cultural consequences of unmasking Elena Ferrante. Presenting with Dr. Aviva Dautch.  

Previous Lectures include:

At Limmud Conference UK

  • Transparent: Our best bits (2016)
  • Filming guilt: Jewish films and guilty feelings (2016)
  • The Art of Navel-Gazing: Or, Why the Universe is like an Apple Strudel (2012)

As Visiting Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2009-11)

  • Course: “Childhood and national conflict in film”. Part of the “Public Memories” strand of the MA course. I devised this module which explored how filmic genres and visual styles convey characteristics of memory.
  • Guest Lecture: “Memories of national trauma in Iran: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis”.
    This lecture was an in-depth exploration of animation and memoir on film, in relation to cultural memory and national identity.
  • Conference paper: “Pushing the Boundaries of Documentary Film: The Search for Memory in Waltz with Bashir”.  At “IMAGEing Reality: Representing the Real in Film, Television and New Media”, University of Navarra, Spain. 2009