Ms Blanche Plaquevent

  • Lecturer in History (History)


  • BA Social Sciences and Philosophy, Sciences Po Paris/Sorbonne Paris IV
  • MA Contemporary History, Sciences Po Paris
  • MA Sociology of Gender and Sexuality, EHESS
  • PhD History, University of Bristol

Research interests

I am a historian of postwar Europe, with particular interest in the history of gender and sexuality, and social and intellectual history.

My PhD research was titled 'Inventing the French Sexual Revolution, 1945-1970' and it explored how the idea of sexual revolution got constructed as a political concept in France between 1945 and 1970. Historians have debated on whether a sexual revolution really took place in Europe and North America in the sixties-seventies. My research sheds a new light on this debate by approaching the term of ‘sexual revolution’ literally, as a political concept which articulates revolutionary politics and sexuality. I explored how revolutionary sexual politics emerged and circulated in France. Relying on published sources about sex and politics from the period 1945-1970 (books, magazines, journals), testimonies, private archives from activists and intellectuals, leaflets, billboards, university and police archives and newspapers, I traced the emergence of the idea that the personal is political before its widespread advent in the seventies.




Co-tutor and lecturer on 'Gender, Politics and Power', core course of the MA in Gender History



 'Sex and Religion in Britain, Ireland and North America, 1945-1980'.



I contribute to:

- History 3A - Becoming a Historian

- History 2A - The Social and Cultural History of Europe, 1500-2000