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After studying in France at Sciences Po Paris, the Paris IV-Sorbonne and the EHESS, I started a PhD at the University of Bristol funded by the AHRC (South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership).

My thesis explores how the idea of sexual revolution got constructed as a political concept in France between 1945 and 1970. Historians have debated on whether a sexual revolution really took place in Europe and North America in the sixties-seventies. My research sheds a new light on this debate by approaching the term of ‘sexual revolution’ literally, as a political concept which articulates revolutionary politics and sexuality. I explore how revolutionary sexual politics emerged and circulated in France. Relying on published sources about sex and politics from the period 1945-1970 (books, magazines, journals), testimonies, private archives from activists and intellectuals, leaflets, billboards, university and police archives and newspapers, my research traces the emergence of the idea that the personal is political before its widespread advent in the seventies.

My work sits in relation to several fields: history of sexuality, gender history, social history, cultural history, intellectual history.

 

I am teaching undegraduate seminars in the history department (Approaching the Past, History in Public).

 

As I approach the end of my PhD, I am also developing a new research project on the youth and political travels in the postwar period.

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