This panel includes four papers that trace “Third Worldism” in various contexts, in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Some key questions they ask concern how New Left activists grappled with applying definitions of the Third World to their own circumstances, how the end of empire made a clear demarcation between the “First” and “Third World” impossible, and how ideas and people crossing borders shaped understanding of the Third World and Third Worldism. Together, these presentations help recover and clarify a key intellectual influence on many social movements in the global 1960s.
Social movements of the 1960s powerfully define the world we live in today. From citizen protests to decolonization struggles, collective action created and responded to global events and ideas.
Welcoming in the fifty-year anniversary of the iconic year of 1968, this workshop brings together scholars working in various areas to assess the state of historical research on the 1960s. It will challenge historians working across regions to consider how to link their case studies and thus consider what can be meant by the "global 1960s." It will also stage discussions on key ideas in the sixties, such as Black Power and Third Worldism, that transformed understandings of race, ethnicity, and power. This workshop will put into conversation scholars who would not usually present together, fostering a truly global perspective.
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