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Published on Jun 16, 2015
Dr Renate Marsiske delivers her keynote lecture "Mexican Revolution, National University and the formation of a revolutionary state: actors - conflicts - university autonomy: actors - conflicts - university autonomy" at Universities in Revolution and State Formation Conference in Univeristy College Dublin on 5th June 2016.
The role of higher education in revolutions was theme of international conference.
Student and academic revolts, from the 1790s up to the present day, featuring the French student uprisings of 1968, the Arab Spring, Easter 1916, and other major protest movements which led to the emergence of new states, were explored in this international history conference in Dublin.
Entitled “Universities in Revolution and State Formation“ the conference discussed the role played by universities, both their staff and students, in social, cultural and especially political change, from the early modern to the contemporary. It formed part of the University’s Decade of Centenaries programme which was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphries in April 2015.
Funded by the Irish Research Council and UCD Research, the conference discussed Sicilian, French, British, Indian, and Irish cases. The keynote addresses were given by Dr Renate Marsiske of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. The Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Carlos Garcia de Alba, was in attendance for this session.
The conference was opened by Professor Orla Feeley, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at UCD, and Chair of UCD’s Commemorations Committee.