The year 1968 and its history has become a myth itself. The fiftieth anniversary of the date in 2018 has shown, once again, that the year is still passionately discussed. Praised as a global moment of emancipation by some, it is simultaneously blamed for ongoing social division by others. Undoubtedly, the cipher “1968” is still highly relevant for political and historical debates today. This exercise course (Übung) will analyze the events of 1968 with a global perspective in mind. The context of the Cold War and decolonization was as relevant in Mexico City or Tunis as it was in Berlin or Paris. Activists, students, artists, workers, and intellectuals around the world were asking similar questions and at times felt that they were part of a “global movement” themselves. This starting point allows us to discuss diverse topics such as consumer culture, protest movements, feminism, education, race relations, street protests, violence, and the Olympic Games 1968 from different perspectives.
The course language will be English and the ability to read and discuss in English is important. If you have never taken a course in English, this is a good opportunity to start doing so and engage with a truly fascinating moment in history.
Einschreibezeitraum für Studierende ab dem 2. Semester: 18.02.2021, 12:00 Uhr bis 19.03.2021, 16:00 Uhr
Loszeitpunkt: 19.03.2021, 16:10 Uhr
Chaplin, Tamara/Mooney, Jadwiga E. Pieper, eds., The Global 1960s. Convention, Contest and Counterculture, London et. al. 2017.
Gassert, Philipp/Klimke, Martin, eds., 1968. On the Edge of World Revolution, Montreal 2018.