Aurore Spiers

Aurore Spiers
Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College
Classics 314B
PhD, University of Chicago, 2022
Research Interests: Gender and Cinema, Film Historiography, Women Film-Makers and Workers, French Cinema, Early and Silent Global Cinemas, Feminist Film Theory


Aurore Spiers (she/her) is a historian of film and media, primarily in France and the United States. She received her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from The University of Chicago in 2022. Mainly focused on women’s contributions to cinema, her work interrogates historiographical processes—what history gets written, how, and why—through the lens of gender and intersectional feminism. It asks why women (and other marginalized groups) have so often been forgotten, and what strategies—critical, creative, speculative, etc.—may be employed against historical erasure. Her first book project, based on research from her doctoral thesis, studies women’s labor in French film archives from the 1920s through the 1970s. Her writing, on topics ranging from the reception of The Birth of a Nation (1915) in France to the rediscovery of Alice Guy Blaché within the context of the Women’s Liberation Movement, has appeared in 1895: Mille huit cent quatre-vingt-quinze and Feminist Media Histories. She is also a contributing editor and country coordinator (France) to the Women Film Pioneers Project.

Teaching Experience

  • Film and the Moving Image - Spring 2023
  • Introduction to Film - Winter 2023
  • Women in Hollywood, Lecturer - Autumn 2022
  • Women in Hollywood, Lecturer - Autumn 2021
  • Film and the Moving Image, Lecturer - Winter 2021
  • Introduction to Film, Lecturer - Winter 2020
  • History of International Cinema II (1927-1960), CA - Winter 2019
  • Methods and Issues, CA - Autumn 2018
  • History of International Cinema I (1895-1927), CA - Autumn 2017