Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

18/05/2013 - 31/07/2013
01/12/2013 - 31/01/2014


Études culturelles

Fonction d’origine

Professeure associée et titulaire de la chaire "School of Film & Media Studies"

Institution d’origine

State University of New York-Purchase College (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Film Circuits: Cinema, Cultural Policy and the Production of Multiculturalism in France

My current research project examines the role of film culture—encompassing at once a body of cultural policy, business practices, film financing, co-production, associations, criticism, exhibition, and distribution —in the negotiation of postcolonial identities in France. The film-work of French-Maghrebi directors speaks to the centrality of audiovisual production in the promotion of new forms of cultural and economic cooperation, as well as to the debate taking shape in Europe regarding the boundaries of French, European, and Mediterranean identities. In this study, Marseille constitutes an important case study, opening a window onto the transnational, national, and local film trade (at once cultural, political, and economic) between France and the Maghreb. For the period of residency, I hope to complete the last phase of the research for this project during Marseille 2013—European Capital of Culture, which will offer the perfect opportunity to see the extent to which the dialogue between French-Maghrebi, filmmakers, North African filmmakers, and their audiences contributes to a vision of Mediterranean culture that underscores the cultural and historical connections between France, Europe, and the Maghreb.


Michelle Stewart is an associate professor of cinema studies whose current research concerns migrant cinema in Europe, with an emphasis on international film festivals and the international distribution of film. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service), and the Canadian Embassy. She is the co-editor, with Pam Wilson, of Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices, and Politics (Duke University Press, 2008). Stewart served as the inaugural chair of the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College from July 2010 through the 2014–15 academic year. She was named Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor for 2009–11, an honor that accompanies a competitive two-year senior faculty research award.


17/12/2013 - 10:00 - 18/12/2013 - 10:00