Discussion with Acclaimed French Journalist and Author Annick Cojean

Date: 18 Feb 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. (Australia/Brisbane UTC+10)

[The Cause of Women]

Annick COJEAN will be in conversation with Elizabeth STEPHENS

Annick Cojean, senior reporter for French daily newspaper Le Monde, is one of France’s most widely admired journalists. She chairs the committee for the Prix Albert Londres, (the French equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) which she won in 1996 for her series of five reports entitled 'Les Mémoires de la Shoah' (Memoires from the Holocaust).

In her latest book, Je ne serais pas arrivée là si...27 femmes racontent (I would not have arrived there if ... 27 women tell), Annick Cojean pays tribute to her recently deceased mother, and also to 27 other women she has interviewed, including Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Marianne Faithfull, Brigitte Bardot, Nicole Kidman, as well as prominent writers and politicians.

Cojean recognises these women as inspiring – identifying them all as, being able to speak with sincerity about the obstacles they faced in life, their dreams, an ability to embrace chaos, and a resilience to change.

While the interviews were conducted before the #MeToo phenomenon, they resonate the sentiment that we can make a difference to women's lives, but they must be given a platform. Cojean feels that so often the floor has been given to men, such that in her own work as a journalist, she aims to focus on women and their stories. 

Annick Cojean was involved in the documentary Le Cri étouffé , directed by Manon Loizeau, which investigated rape as a political weapon during the Syrian Civil War (see below). Her book Gaddafi's Harem, uncovered the systematic rape and torture of women during Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Join us for a conversation with one of the most important female reporters of our time, who is giving a voice to women of today.

Elizabeth Stephens is an Australia Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Humanities and Associate Professor in Cultural Studies in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.  She has published widely in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, focusing primarily on queer and feminist art, literature and theory.

Her first book examined the homoerotic fiction of French author Jean Genet under the rubric of “queer writing.” Her most recent book, Normality: A Critical Genealogy (Chicago University Press, 2017), co-authored with Peter Cryle, was a long history of the concept of the normal. Elizabeth is also involved in a series of long-standing collaborations with the experimental art collective SymbioticA, the Centre for Excellence in Biological Art at the University of Western Australia, and is a founding member of the international Somatechnics Research Network. She is currently President of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.

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