Clara Vlessing | Defiant Women

Clara Vlessing | Defiant Women | Utrecht University | Supervisor: Prof. dr Ann Rigney | February 2019 – January 2023 | c.l.vlessing[at]
My project looks at the cultural afterlives of women activists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It serves as a case study within the wider ERC project ReAct (Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe since 1871), which analyses the relationship between civil resistance and cultural memory in Europe since the late nineteenth century. My research focuses on the afterlives of prominent activists from this period: Louise Michel, Emma Goldman and Sylvia Pankhurst, aiming to answer two closely related questions: How have these activists been remembered? How has that memory changed over time?