Colloquium | Patrice Petro

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

Patrice Petro

Beyond 1989: Feminist Film Theory

In this talk, Patrice Petro will explore the spaces and places for feminist film theory after 1989 and up until today, particularly in view of the many claims that feminist film theory has died or failed, that feminist film theory is over, and that the cinema itself is at an end. Has feminist theory been absorbed into or diffused by broader theories of gender or history or globalization? What is the role of feminist film theory in understanding our media and world today? Are feminist film studies still relevant to our understanding of twenty-first century life? How so and in what way?

Patrice Petro is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she also serves as Vice Provost and Director of the Center for International Education. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of ten books, most recently, Teaching Film (2012), Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the 'War on Terror' (2006) and Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (2002). She served two terms as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the US's leading professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image.

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