Exploring the Uses of the Past from 1968 to Today

9:00am - 6:00pm / Friday 8th June 2018
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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As the anniversary comes around each decade, commemorations of the global events of 1968 give rise to an ‘anniversary industry’ that provides a good living for celebrity lefties and ex-lefties, journalists and scholars alike. 2018 is hardly likely to be any different than previous occasions, yet only occasionally does the continuing flow of commentary surrounding that moment of revolt and crisis encourage us to envision life beyond the inevitability of the neoliberal present or to entertain big ideas about emancipatory social change.

This workshop engages with the political purposes of retelling the history of 1968 and the social movement activism that followed in its wake more directly, considering what they meant and still mean today from different perspectives and in different contexts. It will explore how experiences of protest have been shaped by different forms and media, including by activists themselves, and reflects on how historical memory continue to inform political activity in the present. It brings together researchers and activists from Britain, Europe and beyond.

The link to the programme can be found here: http://womensrightshistory.org/fck-may68-workshop-programme/

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