Too hot to handle? Flora Tristan, campaigner for gender equality

Monday 14 January 2019, 6.00pm
Venue: Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Free but booking essential: 020 7871 3515,


The Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture

Flora Tristan (1803-1844) was described in the contemporary English and Irish press reporting on France of the 1830s and 40s as an ‘authoress’, ‘female political economist’ and ‘agitator’. One of the first ever to combine a feminist and socialist programme, her 1843 publication Union Ouvrière outsold those of her contemporaries: Proudhon’s Qu’est-ce que la propriété? and Marx’s Manifeste communiste, but those better-known authors scarcely acknowledged her. Her books did not altogether vanish from circulation after her untimely death in 1844, but enough for political activists to refer to her subsequently as a ‘forgotten heroine’. Labelled as a ‘precursor’ to feminism and the ‘cousin of Marx’, her life and work were recorded in depth by a historian of early international socialism, Jules- L Puech and published in 1925. Professor Máire Cross (Newcastle University) will explore efforts by activists and historians to recover the memory of Flora Tristan whose brief but intense political career in France illustrates a diverse approach redolent of campaigns of the twenty-first century.

Admission free
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As part of Women Shaping the World

Professor Máire Cross is an Emerita Professor at Newcastle University. She served as President of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (2005–2013) and as President of the Society for the Study of French History (2014–2017). She is on the editorial board of French History. In addition to working on 19th century epistolary practice, using the correspondence sent to Flora Tristan by socialist activists in mid 1840s France, she is investigating the work of a pioneer of socialist history, Jules-Louis-Puech, political biographer of Flora Tristan.

This event is organized in cooperation with the Society for the Study of French History and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France


Published on 03/09/2019

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