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Reframing '68 and the Sixties - Symposium

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:30am – 5pm

Reframing '68 and the Sixties - Symposium

On the 50th anniversary, this symposium will bring together leading scholars to reinterpret the significance of the events of 1968. Some see ’68 as a year of ‘global revolt’ as the revolutions of this year cut across national boundaries, from student protests in France to the Cultural Revolution in China. These events, however, did not come out of nowhere. Our symposium will analyse the genesis of these movements by considering the role of social, political and economic trends from the end of the Second World War, as well as global trends such as de-colonization and reform communism. The participants have been engaged in scholarship that adopts new approaches, from oral histories to cross-national comparisons. By bringing together those engaged in cutting-edge research in this field, the central research questions of this symposium will focus on rethinking the traditional disciplinary, spatial and temporal frameworks in which the significance of 1968 can be interpreted.

9:30-11 People and Places
Chair: Gerd-Rainer Horn (Sciences Po).

Sinead McEneaney (St. Mary’s University): ‘Reframing 1968 through the autobiographies of women: a focus on the US Civil Rights movement’.

Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI, Galway):‘Negotiating Protest: communication and conciliation in the Northern Ireland civil rights campaign’.

Julian Bourg (Boston College):‘The Times and Spaces of 1968’.

11:30-1 Reactionaries and the Right
Chair: Nick Hewlett (University of Warwick).

Deirdre Foley (DCU):‘Too Many Children’? Family Planning and Humanae Vitae in Dublin’.

Molly Pucci (TCD):‘The Shadow of 1968: The Failure of the Prague Spring and the Rise of the Dissident Movement in Czechoslovakia’.

Dan Geary (TCD):‘Ian Paisley and American Segregationists’.

2-3:30 Culture and Ideas
Chair: Isabella Jackson (TCD).

Michael Foley (University of Groningen):‘The Man in Black Goes to Washington: Johnny Cash, Richard Nixon, and the Vietnam War’.

Harriet Evans (University of Westminster):'Legacy, memory and moment: looking back on the struggle to transform people’s souls in sixties China and beyond.'

Balazs Apor (TCD):'Reframing the Heritage of Cultural Opposition in the Soviet Bloc: Collections and their Significance.'

3:45-5 Keynote
Maud Bracke (University of Glasgow): ‘”Women’s 1968 is not yet over” The capture of speech and the gendering of 1968’.


This event is supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub under the Making Ireland and Identities in Transformation research themes, the Embassy of France in Dublin, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (TCD).

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Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Carole Holohan
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