1968 is remembered as the year that sparked many near revolutions: the assassination of Martin Luther King and urban revolts in America, massive student protests in Paris, a rebellion against USSR in Prague, and many others. While none of these events became full blown changes in political leadership they signalled potentially more dramatic cultural shifts. 1968 realigned the Cold War, it came at the height of decolonisation, it kicked off a new phase in international feminism, and it was the heyday of the hippie youth culture that emphasised love, experimentation, and an end to militarism. This panel will explore the many momentous events of 1968 from the birth of Black Power in the United States, to aboriginal activism in the wake of the 1967 referendum, and student uprisings in Paris. It will use insights from the sociology of social movements to ask what is the legacy of 1968; What changes came from the tumult; and what lessons are yet to be learned?
- Barbara Keys, Associate Professor of History, University of Melbourne
- Sarah Maddison, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Melbourne
- Greg Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney
- Max Holleran, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Melbourne (moderator)
Organiser: The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts