An Uprising 13/13 Extra Seminar with Manfred Posani Löwenstein, Université de Montréal.

On the last week of May 1871 Paris was burning. The terrible days remembered as Semaine sanglante have been thoroughly studied by scholars–not just the events (the siege of Paris, the resistance of the Communards, the political and diplomatic background of the civil war), but also the legends and the false reports that spontaneously spread through the soldiers and through the public opinion of that time. But it is surprising that not a single study has been devoted, until now, to a supposed event that had a huge echo at the time. Between the 24th and the 30th of May 1871 the newspapers of the major cities in the world trumpeted the destruction of the Louvre. Great intellectuals of the time (Friedrich Nietzsche, Gustave Le Bon) wrote about it, sometimes remembering the shock of those days years later. This workshop will explore the story of this false report as initiated by two major events that occurred in 1867: the Universal Exposition in Paris (probably the birth of modern mass tourism), and the installation of the transatlantic telegraph. In all likelihood, this is the first case of a false report distributed by mass media on a global scale.

To RSVP to this and any other Uprising seminar, and for any questions, email Anna Krauthamer at ak4035@columbia.edu. We look forward to seeing you this year as we explore these questions together.

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