International Workshop: 1968-The Global and the Local

Georgetown University
Anna von der Goltz, Georgetown University
23.03.2018 - 24.03.2018
Anna von der Goltz

This two-day international conference to be held at Georgetown University in spring 2018 will use the fiftieth anniversary of “1968”--an international symbolic shorthand that signifies a broader moment of political and cultural upheaval--to revisit its global and local meanings. By bringing together younger and established scholars who are engaged in cutting edge historical research on political and cultural activism around 1968, the conference will probe the utility of global and local approaches to one of the most eventful and consequential moments in twentieth century history.


Friday, March 23

Venue: Car Barn 427, 3520 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

1. 9.15-10.15 am: The Global and Local around 1968
Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) Welcome and Introduction

Timothy Brown (Northeastern University): What’s so global about the Global 1968?

2. 10.30-12.45: Encounters with the “Third World”
Chair: Jamie Martin (Georgetown University)

Christoph Kalter (Free University, Berlin): From Global to Local and Back: The Third World Concept in the Radical Sixties

Ben Feldman (Georgetown University): The Monthly Review School and the Political Economy of the Third World Left

Sara Pugach (California State University, LA): Occupy the Mission: Malian Students in the GDR between Hope and Protest, 1968-1971

Thom Loyd (Georgetown University): 'Thank God I am no Longer a Pawn of an International Conspiracy!’: African Students, the Cold War, and the Changing Geography of International Education, 1960-1969

3. 2.15-3.30 pm: The Gender of Protest in Global and Local Contexts
Chair: Michael Kazin (Georgetown University)

Christina von Hodenberg (Queen Mary University of London): ‘1968’ in Bonn and Beyond: Local Variations and Global Misinterpretations

Emily Hobson (University of Nevada): 1968 and the Formation of the Gay and Lesbian Left

4. 3.45-5.15 pm: The Other Side of 1968
Chair: Mario Daniels (Georgetown University)

Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University): Other 68ers: Memories of Center- Right Activism of the 1960s and 1970s

Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College): Anti-68ers: Right-Libertarians and the Long March against Human Equality

Saturday, March 24
Venue: McGhee Library, Intercultural Center, 3rd Floor

5. 9.30-10.45: Anti-Imperialist Entanglements
Chair: Hanno Balz (Johns Hopkins)

Alex Vazansky (University of Nebraska): I'll Bleed for Myself: Black Power and Antiwar Activism among GIs in Germany, 1968-1971

Alex Macartney (Georgetown University): Hirohito on the Rhine: the Emperor’s State Visit to West Germany and Entangled Japanese-German 1960s History

6. 11 am-12.30 pm: Urban Spaces and Local Protest I
Chair: Alexander Sedlmaier (University of Bangor)

Maurice Jackson (Georgetown University): April in Washington: Cherry Blossoms, Burning Buildings and Lost Opportunities

Anke Ortlepp (University of Kassel/German Historical Institute, Washington, DC): Paranoid Form: New Brutalist Architecture and the Limits of Freedom in the late 1960s

12.30-1.30 Lunch @ McGhee Library

1.30-2.45 pm Urban Spaces and Local Protest II
Chair: Alexander Sedlmaier (University of Bangor)

Daniel Gordon (Edge Hill University): From Rome to Paris: Free Public Transport - A Post-1968 Transnational Utopia?

Andrew Demshuk (American University): Leipzig in 1968: East Germany’s Forgotten Protest


Anna von der Goltz

International Workshop: 1968-The Global and the Local, 23.03.2018 – 24.03.2018 Columbia, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 23.02.2018, <>.
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