Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe

Defiant Women 1871-

(Duration of the project Feb 2019 – Jan 2023)

My PhD project Defiant Women 1871- explores the cultural afterlives of women activists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, specifically focusing on the cases of Louise Michel, Sylvia Pankhurst, and  Emma Goldman. In line with the wider aims of ReAct, my research aims for a better  understanding of how activism is remembered through cultural expressions. In particular, I examine the dynamics that are specific to the cultural memory of women activists so as to develop new insights into the role played by gender and by the idea of a life in the memory of activism. Combining both close and distant reading, my project considers how these activists have been remembered and how that memory has been shaped and mobilised over time.