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Keynote speaker: Laura Kipnis
With Laure Murat, Manon Garcia, and moderator Lauren Wolfe

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, which originated in the US, France began reconsidering its stance towards sex and sexual liberation. Its culture of seduction and gallantry have been accused of also allowing a pattern of harassment and sexual assault. Some critics complained that this movement, born on social media, went too far, creating a climate of paranoia that limits free behavior instead of building a healthier framework for relationships. How has this movement evolved and changed over the years and should social media become a public court of opinion?


Laura Kipnis is a writer, a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics and moral messiness of the American psyche. She is a professor at Northwestern University.

Laure Murat is a French historian, Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies, and professor at UCLA. A specialist in cultural studies, history of psychiatry, and queer theory, she is the author of most recently Une révolution sexuelle ? Réflexions sur l'après-Weinstein (Stock 2018).

Manon Garcia is a French philosopher. She is currently a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and will be an assistant professor of philosophy at Yale starting in July 2021. She is the author We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women’s Lives (Princeton University Press, 2021).

Lauren Wolfe is an award-winning journalist and photographer who has written for publications from The Atlantic to The Guardian.

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