Lecture: Nightwatch: Time, Emergency, and the French Revolution


Location: McKenna Hall 112-114

By Professor Marie-Hélène Huet, M. Taylor Pyne Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University. With an introduction by Prof. Julia Douthwaite, French and Francophone Studies. Reception following.

The lecture will address the fascinating conundrum of TIME: regular time and revolutionary time. Huet will explain how the French revolutionaries invented a new calendar and form of time that was legislated for the country. Huet will also go into the personal history of the man behind these inventions, Gilbert Romme, whose extraordinary life brings together many of the controversies of this tumultuous age.

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, for the “Cultural Transformations in Modern Europe” Discussion Group, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.