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Joint session with the Modern French History Seminar

We are thrilled to welcome three historians with expertise in sexuality, race, and gender for a roundtable on post-war movements of liberation in the Francophone world. In the session, the chair and speakers will touch on some of the following points: How did the historical subjects they study define and approach "liberation" as a personal or political project? How does this influence our guests’ own work? What (if anything) is particular about the French/Francophone history of liberation movements? Where do our guests see the field going? The second half of the session will be devoted to a Q&A with the audience.

About the speakers:

Chair: Dan Callwood (IHR History of Sexuality Seminar)

Celeste Day Moore is a historian of African American culture, media, and black internationalism and the author of Soundscapes of Liberation: African American Music in Postwar France (Duke University Press, 2021), as well as essays in American Quarterly and the Journal of African American History. She is assistant professor of history at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. 

Hugo Bouvard holds a PhD in political science from Paris-Dauphine University. An alumnus of the École normale supérieure and a former visiting scholar at the Institute of French Studies at New York University, he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Paris-Est Créteil University. His first book based on his dissertation is to be published by the Presses universitaires du Septentrion under the provisional title "Gays and Lesbians in Politics. The Representation of Sexual Minorities in France and in the United States (20th-21st centuries).

Blanche Plaquevent is currently a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where she mostly teaches the history of gender and sexuality. She finished her PhD at the University of Bristol in July 2021. Her doctoral research was titled Inventing the French sexual revolution, 1945-1970 and it aimed at tracing the emergence of the idea that the personal is political in France before the advent of second wave feminism and LGBT movements in the 1970s. Blanche has published one article on her PhD in Ethnologie Francaise. She is currently working on an article titled ‘Sexual Politics before Identity Politics’ as well as working on a book proposal for a publication based on her PhD research.

All welcome- this event is free, but booking is required.