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1968 and its legacies


To mark the 50th anniversary of the progressive mass protests of 1968, this six-week series of events will consist of workshops, film screenings, and a three-day symposium. These will bring together a large number of high-profile activists who were ‘ringleaders’ of the protests as well as artists and filmmakers who broke new ground in the accompanying counterculture. These will be accompanied by a wide range of researchers from various disciplines. The series will deal with events and experiences of ’68 internationally, including in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, the USA, and many other countries.

Please email any specific questions about the ‘1968 and its legacies’ series to:

Organizing committee: Mark Shiel (convener), Patrick Ffrench, Paolo Gerbaudo, Sharon Gewirtz, Alex Loftus, David Treece

With thanks to the King’s Together Fund; and to the following departments at King’s College London: French; Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies; Geography; Digital Humanities; Film Studies; and the School of Education, Communication, and Society


Symposium, Friday, June 15th to Sunday, June 17th, 2018 inclusive Three full days of panels, keynotes, round tables, evening film screenings, and an evening reception

The following special guests are confirmed for the symposium on June 15th-17th, 2018:

Tariq Ali, Kathleen Cleaver, Phil Cohen, Jochen Gerz, Francisco Foot Hardman, Sylvia Harvey,
Patricia Holland, Gerd-Rainer Horn, David James, Bernadette Mcaliskey, Juliet Mitchell, Antonio Negri, Anne Querrien, Mark Rudd, Helke Sander & Allan Siegel

These ‘veterans’ of ’68 will be joined by a variety of cultural historians and social scientists in wide-ranging discussion and debate on the nature of the mass protest movements of that era, their achievements and shortcomings, their meaning then and now, and the lessons that they offer for today.

Workshops, every Tuesday, May 8th – June 12th, 2018:

  • Workshop 1, “1968, Cinema and politics”, Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
  • Workshop 2, “1968, Popular music, counterculture and resistance in Brazil”, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
  • Workshop 3, “1968, Geography, space, and place”, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
  • Workshop 4, “1968, Technology and social movements”, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
  • Workshop 5, “1968, Anti-psychiatry, therapeutic communities, institutional critiques of medicine”, Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
  • Workshop 6, “1968, Schools and Universities”, Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
Project status: Completed

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