Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 From Belleville to Notre-Dame-des-Landes: Today's Communal Imaginary

Thursday, March 23, 20173:00PM - 4:30PMSenior Common Room, Room 317
Glendon College, York University


In this talk, Kristin Ross will examine some of the continuities and discontinuities between the Paris Commune of 1871 and the commune-in-the-making on the zad in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The anti-airport struggle in western France, the longest ongoing battle in the country, has become more than a major environmental opposition to an imposed infrastructural project: it is in the process of becoming an autonomous zone in secession from the state.

Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her first book, The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (1988; reissued, Verso, 2008) examined cultural movement during the 1871 insurrection. Her cultural history of the French 1950s, Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995), won the Laurence Wylie award for French cultural studies and a Critic’s Choice award; it has been published in France under the title Rouler plus vite, laver plus blanc (Flammarion, 2006). May ’68 and Its Afterlives (Chicago, 2002), a study of French memory of the political upheavals of the 1960s, was published in France as Mai 68 et ses vies antérieures (2005; re-issued, Agones, 2010). Her most recent book, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (2015) appeared in France from La Fabrique as L’Imaginaire de la Commune.


Kristin Ross
Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)


Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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