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Liberté d’expression, Free Speech, and "Cancel Culture"

du 23 au 25 avril 2021

Festival Transatlantique
à l'initiative du fi:af (French Institute Alliance Française)


Droit fondamental respectivement en France et aux États-Unis, "liberté d’expression" et "free speech" semblent être équivalents et synonymes. Pourtant, leurs définitions et leurs applications diffèrent sensiblement dans chaque pays, comme en témoigne la couverture médiatique des événements récents.
Tout au long de ce festival, écrivains, philosophes, journalistes et artistes de France et des États-Unis tenteront de comprendre et de clarifier les dissensions relatives au respect de la liberté et ses limites dans les deux pays, en se concentrant sur les questions de religion, sexualité et race.

TALKS LIVE Online • In English

Co-presented by La Maison française of NYU, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, and FIAF
Free & open to all, Reservation

Talk I : Religion

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1pm ET
Keynote speaker : Suzanne Nossel
With Philippe Lançon, Caroline Fourest, and moderator Erik Banks

What does religious freedom mean in the public sphere ? The French concept of laïcité, the result of a long historical struggle of the Republic against the power of the Church, has no equivalent in the US. Many Americans even consider it liberticidal for its apparent limitations on religious practice and observance. Are these concerns valid or a misconstruction ? Is there still support for free speech when it comes to religion ?


Talk II : Sexuality

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1pm ET
Keynote speaker : Laura Kipnis
With Laure Murat, Manon Garcia, and moderator Lauren Wolfe

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, which originated in the US, France began reconsidering its stance towards sex and sexual liberation. Its attitudes that had fostered a culture of seduction and gallantry have been accused of also allowing a pattern of harassment and sexual assault. Some critics complained that this movement, born on social media, went too far, creating a climate of paranoia that limits free behavior instead of building a healthier framework for relationships. How has this movement evolved and changed over the years and should social media become a public court of opinion ?


Talk III : Race

Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1pm ET
Keynote speaker : Thomas Chatterton Williams
With Nell Irvin Painter and Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci, and moderator James McAuley

The denunciation of racism, in the wake of Black Lives Matter, has put questions of systemic discrimination in the US and in France into relief. But these two countries, with their different histories, have a distinct relationship to the notion of race, a word that is even taboo in France. While the United States grapples with a long history of slavery, France is often blamed for its supposed colorblindness and the difficulty it faces in addressing its colonial legacy. How do these different narratives translate into contemporary debates, such as accusations of historical revisionism or criticism of cultural appropriation ?


Performance & Talk: Noire by Tania de Montaigne

Friday, April 23–Sunday, April 25, 2021
By Tania de Montaigne
Directed by Stéphane Foenkinos

Talk with Tania de Montaigne
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5pm ET

In Montgomery, Alabama, on the 2:30pm bus on March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give her seat to a white passenger. Despite threats, she remained seated. Thrown in jail, she decides to plead not guilty and to sue the city. No one before her had dared this.

Based on Tania de Montaigne’s eponymous novel, Noire is the story of this heroine, still alive but forgotten. Noire is also a portrait of this legendary city, where Martin Luther King, a 26-year-old pastor, and Rosa Parks, an unknown 40-year-old seamstress, crossed paths. Noire is the story of a fight that still goes on against racist violence and injustice.

The performance will be available to stream online all weekend from Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25. A link will be posted.
On Saturday, April 24 at 5pm ET, Tania de Montaigne will present her creative process behind the performance of Noire and discuss what inspired her to bring the story of this little-known American heroine to a French stage.

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