April 28, 2016/ 5:00 PM

Royce 306

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

A discussion with Kristin Ross, New York University, Comparative Literature.

Kristin Ross leads a seminar discussing her new book, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune, on the thought and culture of the Communard Uprising of 1871. This original analysis of an event and its centrifugal effects brings to life the workers in Paris who became revolutionaries, the significance they attributed to their struggle, and the elaboration and continuation of their thought in the encounters that transpired between the insurrection's survivors and supporters like Marx, Kropotkin, and William Morris. Ross' analysis demonstrates the resonances of the Paris Commune in the motivations and actions of contemporary protest, which has found its most powerful expression in the reclamation of public space. 

Kristin Ross is a professor of comparative literature at New York University. She is the author of numerous books, including Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture and May '68 and Its Afterlives

Cost : Free and open to the public!

Download file: 4.28-ROSS-FLYER-mk-jkg.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory, Japanese Arts and Globalization Research Group, UCLA Department of History European Colloquium