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The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune
18 May 2015
In this talk based on her new book (Communal Luxury [Verso]; 'Imaginaire de la Commune [La Fabrique]), Kristin Ross discusses the political imaginary that fueled and outlived the Paris Commune of 1871, when Communard exiles in the 1870s and 80s met up with supporters like Karl Marx, Peter Kropotkin and William Morris. The imaginary the Commune leaves to us, she argues, is neither that of a national republican middle class nor that of the state-managed collectivism that dominated the first half of the 20th century. For this reason the Commune's laboratory of political invention lends itself to a consideration framed by our own concerns today: how to refashion an international conjuncture; the future of education, labor and the status of art; the commune-form and its relation to ecological theory.
Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her previous books include Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture, and May '68 and its Afterlives.
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