Ludivine Bantigny
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Ludivine Bantigny

What interests me about May 1968 is the power to intervene in the field of politics, in the everyday and to really change life.

Specialising in the youth and events of May 1968, historian Ludivine Bantigny explores the relationship of civil societies with political spheres in order to imagine what the power of tomorrow might look like.

Updated on 13/05/2019

2 min

With a higher-education teaching certificate and a PhD in history, Ludivine Bantigny studied history and French language and literature at the Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure. She defended her PhD thesis – "The Golden Age? Youth, institutions and power in France from the 1950s to the early 1960s” (“Le plus bel âge ? Jeunes, institutions et pouvoirs en France des années 1950 au début des années 1960”) at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris in 2003.

An assistant professor at the University of Rouen and research associate at the Sciences Po History Centre, she co-leads the "Jeunes et jeunesse(s), objets d'histoire" (“Young Men and Women, objects of history”) working group. She is also a member of the editorial committee of the Vingtième Siècle review. In 2017, she obtained her accreditation to direct scientific research, which she has dedicated to study of the events of 1968.

Ludivine Bantigny works in two main areas of research: youth and May 1968. At the heart of these two subjects: the question of dissent, which is essential in the processes of reinventing politics and power.

In 2014, she wrote a book about high school newspapers from 1968 to the present day: illustrated with numerous excerpts, The Fabulous History of High School Newspapers (“La Fabuleuse Histoire des journaux lycéens”) demonstrates young people’s the perspective on politics and society, characterized by revolt, political engagement and hope for change.

In 2018, the historian published 1968. Late Nights and Early Mornings. (“1968. De grands soirs en petits matins”), a chronicle of events that highlights the legacy of May 68, especially when it comes to rethinking power.

A specialist in the history of youth, Ludivine Bantigny first sought to determine whether youth could be identified as a homogeneous group and therefore a fully-fledged social class, through the example of young French people, from the end of World War II to the end of the Algerian war.

She is now working on the consequences of globalisation. She is notably a member of the editorial committee of Youth and Globalization, a review that seeks to shed new light on the relationship of young people to globalisation, at a national and international level.

  • 2007


    Ludivine Bantigny publishes her PhD thesis (which she would defend in 2013) with the Fayard publishing house under the title, The Golden Age? Young people in France from the Postwar Boom to the Algerian War

  • 2014


    The historian publishes The Fabulous History of High School Newspapers, the preface of which is written by Cabu and illustrated with drawings from Charb’s high school newspaper, Cause toujours.

  • 2018


    For the 50th anniversary of May 1968, Ludivine Bantigny discusses the events of this historic moment and publishes 1968. Late Nights and Early Mornings with éditions du Seuil.

The Institut français and the historian

Ludivine Bantigny is part of “New French Intellectual Arenas” supported by the Institut français.


She notably spoke at the 25th January 2018 Night of Ideas, on the theme "Imagination in Power".

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