What are revolutions and how important are they to how we see ourselves? The second in our series of A Date with History – our annual Franco-British collaboration with the York Festival of Ideas – explores the place of revolutions in our collective memory, as well as modern uses of the idea of revolution.
Presented by the French Embassy in the UK, our expert speakers discuss how national narratives are written, from revolutions and empires, to the industrial revolutions in France and Britain. They will examine the political uses of the past and the way national heroes can be instrumentalised to political ends. Dispelling myths and legends is one of the objectives of history.Dispelling myths and legends is one of the objectives of history.
On the 9th and 10th June, this second edition Imagining Revolutions will bring together top historians including Peter Mandler of the University of Cambridge, Laura Lee Downs of the European University Institute, Máire Cross of Newcastle University, Florence Tamagne of the University of Lille, Helen Rogers of Liverpool John Moores University and Mike Savage of the London School of Economics (LSE).
Over the weekend, leading historians from France and the UK will discuss how national narratives are written, from revolutions and empires, to the industrial revolutions in France and Britain during the following panel discussions:-
- Were the 1960s a Revolution? (Sat 9 June, 12.30pm – 2pm)
- Revolutions and Empires (Sat 9 June, 2.30 – 4pm)
- Gender Revolutions (Sat 9 June, 4.30 – 6pm)
- Industrial Revolutions and Social Welfare in France and Britain (Sun 10 June, 11am – 12.30pm)
- Revolutions in History Writing (Sun 10 June, 1.30pm – 3pm)
- A Revolution in Universities (Sun 10 June, 3.30pm – 5pm)
Join top historians for talks and discussion over the weekend, followed by French film screenings on Monday 11 and Thursday 14 June.
To register and for the programme please visit: https://uk.ambafrance.org/A-Date-with-History-Imagining-Revolutions
For further information please contact Francine Peyroux: firstname.lastname@example.org