Fifty Years after 1968: Research on the Global 1960s, Part 1: “1968” as a Local/Global Event

AHA Session 161
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)
Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona
Stephanie Boyle, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York
Andrew Ivaska, Concordia University
Ibram X. Kendi, American University
Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona
William Marotti, University of California, Los Angeles

Session Abstract

2018 marks the fifty-year anniversary of 1968, a year which has come to symbolize the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. This roundtable features a series of brief provocations and open questions based on works in progress by scholars from different fields. Addressing issues of racism, Third Worldism, Maoism, political subjectivity, and the question of how to integrate sites not usually associated with the “global 1968,” these scholars will initiate a conversation on how historians can negotiate “1968” as both a global and a local event. The audience will serve as commentator, opening up a space for the many scholars involved in the other sessions of the workshop to reflect on their discussions in light of these big questions, and also for the audience at large to participate.

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.