Dr. Cybelle McFadden: Screening Racialized France: Immigration, Discrimination, and Citizenship in Contemporary French Cinema

As this year’s Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research award winner, Dr. Cybelle McFadden will give a talk on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in the EUC from 4pm to 5pm. Reception to follow.

Her work Screening Racialized France: Immigration, Discrimination, and Citizenship in Contemporary French Cinema examines French films since 2000 that expose contradictions at the heart of the Republic: French universalism espouses equality for all citizens, but the inequality and discrimination evident in these films challenge the very definition of French national identity, belonging, and citizenship. Film, as an art form, makes visible the persistence of social injustice, discrimination, and racism in contemporary France while providing a means to work through these escalating social tensions. The filmic representations of diverse French citizens often reveal the contradictory perceptions held by mainstream French society as to who is really French. Moreover, the films in this study confront past colonial violence and make visible white cultural dominance while showing the origins and persistence of racist attitudes in contemporary France. Specifically, they reveal how the effects of a colonial racialized system of inequality still reverberate within multicultural France today. By exposing these social injustices, this constellation of these films collectively imagine the contours of a more just republic for all French citizens.

 

 

Date/Time
Date(s) - Mar 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
EUC Maple Room, UNCG

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