Evening Sessions

The Global Sixties
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Monday, August 22nd / 19.30-21.30
Martin Klimke
Collegium Minus, Aula Lubrańskiego

The “Sixties” have often been declared a historical turning point, even the ‘first global rebellion.’ Historical research on the sixties has emerged as a tremendously rich field of scholarship over the past two decades. Many studies have successfully transcended the focus on the specific year 1968 in favor of a more comprehensive view of the “long sixties” (stretching from the second half of the 1950s well into the 1970s). Scholars have widened the scope of investigation from the New Left and university­-based protest to other segments of society and have examined the dynamic interaction between dissent and the “establishment.” They have engaged in an intensive discussion of the impact of the era’s grassroots movements on political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments of subsequent decades. This panel seeks to foster the current efforts to overcome a Western­centric view of the decade and explore its transnational and global dimensions. While much scholarship has investigated the influence of the US and Europe on what was then called the Third World, this session will foreground works that reconstruct South-South networks, forces, and transfers. It will also look at how the sixties played out in Communist /Eastern Europe and how Communists sought to shape the sixties in the Third World. It aims to balance the local/regional and national causes and manifestations of the sixties with the international structures and transnational and intellectual linkages. It attempts to inspire a new scholarly reflection on the politics of memory and historiographical narratives of the “long sixties” that is decidedly global and offers in­depth perspectives on previously neglected geographical areas.