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Didier Eribon on Class, Shame and The Future of the Left

On Wednesday, September 18, we welcome French sociologist and philosopher Didier Eribon on the occasion of the Dutch translation of his new book, A Woman of the People (Een Vrouw uit het Volk). Eribon is internationally renowned for his groundbreaking work Returning to Reims. Part memoir, part social and political theory, the book caused a stir in France and approached cult status in Germany, where it touched a nerve with its central premise that the mainstream left is to blame for pushing the working classes towards the far right and nationalism.

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18 september 2024 van 20:00 – 00:00


De Dépendance, OASE

A few years ago, Didier Eribon’s mother entered a retirement home and died within a few weeks. After her death, Didier Eribon resumed the personal and theoretical exploration he had begun in Returning to Reims after his father’s death. In A Woman of the People, he analyzes his mother’s decline, which leads him to reflect on old age and illness, our relationship with the elderly and death, and the conditions under which dependent people are cared for. Eribon revisits his mother’s life, particularly the periods when she was a cleaning lady, a factory worker, and then a pensioner, capturing her in all her complexity, from her participation in strikes to her obsessive racism. He concludes by using old age as the basis for a reflection on politics: how can people be mobilized to take action?

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