Torsdag 12. sep. 2024 - 17:00-18:30

From Barricades to Roundabouts

The Banquet Hall of the Workers' Museum displays the message "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity," reminding us that the revolution came to us from France. Reflect on this as you attend the lecture on the Yellow Vests and a century of uprisings in France, presented by French historian Mathilde Larrère and Danish political scientist Anne-Sofie Dichman.


OBS. Arrangementet er på engelsk.  

Torsdag d. 12. september 2024 kl. 17.00-18.30 i festsalen på Arbejdermuseet. Arrangementet laves i samarbejde med Det Franske institut og er en del af Golden Days festival.


Yellow vests movement 🦺

On September 17, 2018, nearly 300,000 people wearing high-visibility vests occupied numerous roundabouts across France in response to the government’s decision to raise the fuel tax. This popular uprising, quickly known as the “Yellow Vests,” lasted over a year and brought President Macron’s initiatives, especially on climate change, to a halt. The Gilets Jaunes movement had unique characteristics, particularly related to social and territorial inequalities in the context of climate change. However, it also shared many points with other social movements and is part of a long history of uprisings in France and Europe.

Can past popular uprisings shed light on the present? Who and what are the rebels up against? Who are these people? And who are these women, often invisible in such mobilizations but primary victims of social and climate injustice?

To answer these questions, two researchers specializing in social movements and the status of women, French historian Mathilde Larrère and Danish political scientist Anne-Sofie Dichman, will look back on over a hundred years of uprising history in France, from the industrial revolution to today. They will examine how people live and resist contemporary political conditions marked by global warming and social and gender inequality.

More about the speakers:

Mathilde Larrère is a historian and research lecturer at Université Gustave Eiffel (Paris Est), specializing in social movements in 19th-century France. After completing her Ph.D. on the National Guard in Paris during the July Monarchy, she continued her work on feminist movements and will publish a book in September 2024 on the history of the conquest of rights in France.

Anne-Sofie Dichman holds a Ph.D. in political theory from the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and is an incoming postdoc at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Through several years of fieldwork with the Yellow Vests in France, Dichman’s Ph.D. explores how French activists think about and practice gender, democracy, and climate politics in new ways, laying the groundwork for the concept of socio-ecological “sweaty commons