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"The Disobedient Muse: Film, Video and Feminist Activism in France, 1970-2020"

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for Advanced Study; Cosponsored by: Center for Global Studies, Consulate General of France, Department of French & Italian, Department of History, European Union Center, Gender & Women's Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Media & Cinema Studies, School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Feb 15, 2020   2:00 - 5:30 pm  
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A film screening and mini-conference in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the French Feminist Movement.

2:00-3:20pm, introduction and film screening (running time 70 minutes)
3:20pm, Callisto McNulty
3:50pm, Nicole Fernandez Ferrer
4:20pm, Tamara Chaplin
4:40pm, Audience Q&A

5:00pm Reception


Callisto McNulty is the director of Delphine et Carole, insoumuses, a documentary about the relationship between feminist activist and actor Delphine Seyrig and the important feminist videographer and filmmaker Carole Roussopoulus. This exceptional film merges new footage with archival excerpts from its protagonists’ work in European film, television, and video.


Nicole Fernandez Ferrer is the director of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, an institution established in Paris by Carole Roussopolous, Delphine Seyrig and Ioana Weider in 1982 in order to promote women’s filmmaking and activism. For over seventeen years, Fernandez Ferrar has been at the helm of this institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of audiovisual documents created by and for women.


Tamara Chaplin is a scholar of Contemporary France, gender, sexuality, and the media and Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chaplin’s first book explored the televising of philosophy in postwar France. Her second monograph, Cabarets to Counterpublics: Female Same-Sex Intimacy and the French Public Sphere, 1930-2013, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021.

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