All are very warmly invited to attend this evening’s lecture on the fascinating topic of the history and nature of modern European protest, from the 19th to the 21st century.
Dr. Ilaria Favretto
Professor of Contemporary European History at Kingston University, will deliver her Professorial lecture tonight, which is entitled:
‘Burning the puppet: folk culture and protest in modern Europe’.
The lecture takes place at 7pm:
Wednesday, 8th March, 2017,
in Room JG0003 (ground-floor),
John Galsworthy Building,
at the University’s Penrhyn Road campus.
This is the lecture’s tantalising abstract:
Mock funerals, effigy parading, smearing with eggs and tomatoes, pot-banging and Carnival-street theatre: all these seemingly archaic forms of action have been regular features of modern European protest, from the 19th to the 21st century. In her lecture, Professor Favretto analyses the uses, meanings, functions and reactivations of folk imagery, behaviour and language in modern collective action, including post-2008 anti-austerity movements. So-called traditional repertoires have long been described as residual and obsolete. Prof. Favretto challenges the conventional distinction between pre-industrial and post-1789 forms of collective action, which continues to operate as a powerful dichotomy in the understanding of protest, and casts new light on rituals and symbolic performances that, albeit poorly understood and deciphered, are integral to our protest repertoire.