Symposium: all day, Friday, June 15th to Sunday, June 17th, 2018, inclusive

This symposium 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. Their round table discussions and presentations will be accompanied by a number of panels, consisting of papers by established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, focused on the theme of ‘1968 and its legacies’.

The symposium will consist of a mixture of keynote speakers, panels, and round table discussions addressing the following themes in a variety of international contexts:

  • the causes of progressive mass protest circa 1968, including, for example, the Vietnam War, racial injustice, decolonization, sexual liberation, and critiques of capitalism
  • the history and geography of political protest in specific environments circa 1968, whether city, town, or countryside
  • the documentation of lesser-known movements or protests circa 1968, or of new evidence pertaining to well-known examples
  • the examination of state and corporate responses to mass protest circa 1968
  • artistic, musical, and literary responses to 1968, during the era and since
  • media and pop culture portrayals of 1968 and mass protest
  • the interaction of political protest, counterculture, and the avant garde circa 1968
  • the effects of 1968 on various professional and academic fields
  • how 1968 has shaped, and was shaped by, identity politics, from civil rights and feminism to LGBTQ equality
  • political radicalization during and after 1968
  • the relationship between 1968 and neoliberalism, neoconservatism, the alt right and far right
  • the influence of 1968 on the Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, or other recent leftist movements

This is by no means an exhaustive list of topics that will be addressed, but an indication of the wide-ranging discussion and debate we hope the symposium will generate.

The full schedule will be confirmed in mid February 2018.

The symposium will be open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, other researchers and the general public. Registration in advance will be required. Registration for the symposium will open online in February 2018.

Please check this website regularly for updates. Please email any specific questions about the symposium to:

Organizing committee: Mark Shiel (convener), Patrick Ffrench, Paolo Gerbaudo, Sharon Gewirtz, Alex Loftus, David Treece; with thanks to the King’s Together Fund