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Ludivine Bantigny
"1968: General strike, practices and hopes"
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Ludivine Bantigny

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Ludivine Bantigny is a historian, assistant professor at the University of Rouen Normandy, and associate researcher at the Sciences Po Paris History Center. She has worked on youth, generations, forms of socialization and political commitment in the 20th century, especially including the war in Algeria. In recent years, her research has been devoted to the 1968 event and the various mobilizations that followed it (feminisms, "sexual revolution", political cultures). She is currently interested in the history of social projects and imagined futures. Her work is also focused on historical consciousness, temporality and historicity.

She has published, among other books, 1968, de grands soirs en petits matins (Seuil, 2018); La France à l’heure du monde. De 1981 à nos jours (Seuil, 2013, 2019); « Prolétaires de tous les pays, qui lave vos chaussettes ? ». Le genre de l’engagement dans les années 1968 (PUR, 2017, with Fanny Bugnon et Fanny Gallot); Une histoire des journaux lycéens (Les Arènes, 2014); Hériter en politique. Filiations, générations et transmissions politiques (Allemagne-France-Italie XIXe-XXIe siècles) (PUF, 2011, with Arnaud Baubérot); Jeunesse oblige. Histoire des jeunes en France (XIXe-XXIe siècles) (PUF, 2009, with Ivan Jablonka); and Le Plus bel âge ? Jeunes et jeunesse en France de l’aube des Trente Glorieuses à la guerre d’Algérie (Fayard, 2007).


After so many years, one forgets that 1968 in France was primarily a general strike that mobilized about 10 million people including more than 7 million employees and workers. It has been also neglected that one of the characteristics of the event was the occupations of workplaces and public spaces: factories, companies, offices, stations, harbours, post offices, theaters, houses of the culture, youth centers, secondary schools and universities. What deeply animated this movement was the great hope of "changing life," to imagine a more egalitarian society, justice and emancipation. Therefore, it can be interesting to underscore the innumerable projects that were forged by the protagonists of the social and political movement: sometimes modest visions of reforms, sometimes a revolutionary but always precise imagination.


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