Social Movements Since ’68:
Germany, Europe, and Beyond

November 7-9, 2018
Academic Building (AB) 6051 (Nov. 7 - 8)
Van Dyck Hall 301 (Nov. 9)

Keynote Speakers:

Keynote Address 1

Geoff Eley, University of Michigan - “Leaving the Borderlands. . . but for Where? 1968 and the New Registers of Political Feeling”

Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey, Universität Bielefeld - Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey (University of Bielefeld) – “New Social Movements and the Role of the Intellectual, 1970s to 2000s”

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, a high-water mark of postwar social activism in Europe.  But that high point did not last long; instead, 1968 was quickly cast as the swansong of traditional social movement mobilization. This conference examines the remarkable efflorescence of grassroots politics and direct democratic action after ’68, reconsidering interpretations of political organization and leadership; the role of the global and the local; and the new forms and subjects of political action, topics of especial importance in present times.

Conference Information

Panel papers will be pre-circulated. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request access to these papers.

 “We are the Terrorists, and We Greet the Tourists”

Photo by Wolfgang Krolow. West Berlin, 1970s