IEAoLU Tuesdays : Michèle Riot-Sarcey
09 may 2017

IEAoLU Tuesdays : Michèle Riot-Sarcey

Tuesday, 9th  May at 6pm, Lieu Unique, free entry

“How should we understand freedom?”  It is a question of finding traces of past utopias in order to give real meaning to ideas that have fallen into disuse or been distorted by instrumental use.

Lecture by Michèle Riot-Sarcey, professor emeritusof contemporary history and gender history at the university Paris-VIII-Saint-Denis, and historian of politics and feminism.

In her last book “Le Procès de la Liberté” (Freedom on trial), Michèle Riot-Sarcey brings to life the ideas of freedom that arose from the experiences of the working class and social revolutions in 19th century France. Ideas which have for the most part been forgotten about: marginal and utopian, misunderstood in their time, they have been unfairly treated by history turned canonical. Their relevance today however is increasingly clear, at a time when the idea of individual freedom has been separated from collective freedom and reduced to liberalism and individualism.


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