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Before ’68: the Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s

January 12, 2016

A two day conference to be held next month at the University of East Anglia. Tickets are free.

Of particular interest to readers of this blog, will be the sessions on “Ken Coates and ‘The Week'” and Ernest Tate and Phil Hearse, “Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s”

Thanks to Ernie for brining this fascinating event to our attention


Weekend conference: “Before ’68: the Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s”

Venue: Room 1.06, Enterprise Centre Centre, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Saturday 13 February 2016

10.15 Registration, Coffee

10.45 Welcome, announcements

11.00 – 12.45 Session 1
Christian Hogsbjerg, “C.L.R. James and the British New Left in the long 1960s”
Madeleine Davis, “Activist intellectuals: the British New Left as a social movement”
Nicolas Helm-Grovas, “Early Wollen: Cultural politics in New Left Review, 1963-1968”
Tom Unterrainer, “Ken Coates and ‘The Week’”
David Morgan, The 1960s: A Decade of Anarchy? A Decade of Anarchy?

12.45 – 1.45 Lunch

1.45 – 3.30 Session 2
Ben Wynes, “‘Djilasism’ and ‘New Leftist’ Dissidence in Sixties Yugoslavia”
João Arsénio Nunes, “On the course to victory? The Portuguese Communist Party before the Carnation Revolution of 1974”
Pau Casanellas, “The road to violence. Radicalization under Franco regime in the 1960s”
Giulia Strippoli, “The new critics to the Italian Communist Party. Mid fifties-mid sixties”
Toby Abse, “The Origins of the Italian New Left”

3.30 – 4.00 Coffee

4.00 – 5.45 Session 3
Pritam Singh, “The Maoist/Naxalite movement in India”
Radha D’Souza, “Two Registers, Two Trajectories: The Sixties and the Left in the First and Third Worlds”
Rozena Maart, “Pavement Politics, Protests and the Mechanisms of the Mind: the emergence of the Black Consciousness Movement of Azania in South Africa”
Sharif Gemie, “Racism, Orientalism and Anti-Colonialism on the Hippy Trail, 1957-78”
Sunday 14 February 2016

9.00 Coffee

9.30 – 11.15 Session 4
Derek Weber, “The Austrian Left, pre-1968”
Bart van der Steen and Ron Blom, “Trotskyist youth in the Netherlands, 1950s and 1960s”
Wladek Flakin, “German Trotskyism in the run to 1968”
Axel Fair-Schulz, “GDR historical scholarship as ‘social activism’”
Beáta Hock, “Feminist intersectionality and equality claims-making in the global 60s”
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 1.15 Session 5
Ian Birchall, “Peace Is Not Enough. Algeria and Vietnam and their impact on the French and British lefts”
Jared Donnelly, “Learning to Protest: Anti-War Protests in West Germany in the Late 1950s”
Irene Andersson and Roger Johansson, “Experiences from the 60s – activism for Peace Education in the 80s”
William A Pelz, “The View from across the Great Pond: US Intelligence on the European Left, 1945-1968”
Alan Hooper, “The Long 1960s: challenges, consequences and (dis) continuities”
1.15 – 2.15 Lunch

2.15 – 4.00 Session 6
Geoff Brown, “Before ’68 in Greater Manchester, a worm’s eye view”
Jack Fawbert, “Blacklisted! A history of rank-and-file class struggle on construction sites”
Mark Hobbs, “The Enemy on Stage: Battles for Trafalgar Square. Fascism and Anti-Fascism”
Matthew Caygill, “The Left and the Counterculture: ‘The Dialectics of Liberation’ Congress (1967) and the Moment of Libidinal Politics”
Ernest Tate and Phil Hearse, “Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 1960s”
4.00 – 4.30 Summary and Conclusion

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Keith White permalink
    January 12, 2016 1:26 pm

    So how does one register?

  2. February 1, 2016 12:58 pm

    The programme above is only version 1. Owing to the large number of presentations, and the fact that very few people have dropped out, it now takes place over 8 sessions, starting at 9.30 on the Saturday, and finishing at 17.30 on the Sunday.

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