Transnational Legacies of 1968: Between Memory, Politics and Culture

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April 26, 2018 to April 27, 2018
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Political History / Studies, World History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Contemporary History

International American Studies Association

in collaboration with

Department of North American Studies at Charles University in Prague

invite you to a symposium

Transnational Legacies of 1968: Between Memory, Politics and Culture

Prague, April 26 and 27, 2018


Keynote speaker: Professor Holger Nehring, University of Stirling: 

The many meanings of 1968 and the "transatlantic century"


The year 1968 was a watershed moment in global history that captures our imagination to this day. Its memory not only serves as a symbol for culmination of the various countercultural and protest movements of the 1960s, but also includes the eventual traumatic suppression by conservative authorities, from Chicago to Mexico City, Paris and Prague.

Proper commemoration of the 50th anniversary requires revisiting the dilemmas, hopes as well as failures faced by the contemporaries at that time. At the same time, we should carefully scrutinize the conflicted legacies as well as memories that shape our understanding and meaning of the events in the present in transnational context.

Several issues emerge to be explored. First are the transnational linkages, which connected disparate events and fostered resonance of various issues around the globe long before advanced information technology. Second is the close connection or even intertwining of politics and culture, which serves as an important inspiration for protest movements in the present. Third issue, which might be the most important with respect to relevance today, are the limits as well as strategies of activist protest movements trying to pursue idealistic political goals.

Given the location of the symposium, special attention will be devoted also to the uses and misuses of memory of the Prague Spring and the resonance of the Cold War context throughout the year in different territorial settings. The symposium aims to bring together specialists from various fields to address and explore the issues raised above in order to better inform the present.

Forms of participation:

1.      Panel presentation Please send us a title and a brief annotation of the proposed talk by October 31st, 2017 to Your participation will be confirmed by November 15th, 2017. Selected papers presented at the panels will be eligible for publication as a special issue of Review of International American Studies journal, (

2.      Roundtable discussion As part of the symposium, we will organize a roundtable discussion „Legacies of 1968 for the present“.

Extended deadline: 

Please send us a brief email explaining your interest to participate at the roundtable discussion by November 20th, 2017 to Your participation will be confirmed by December 10th, 2017.

Contact person: Krystof Kozak, Head of the Department of North American Studies,

Contact Info: 

Department of North American Studies, U Krize 8, 158 00, Prague 5, Czech Republic