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30.4.2019: Beyond the Barricades: Contemporary Social Movements Through the Prism of the '68 Struggle(s)

Public Talk

Prof. Donatella della Porta (Florence)

Beyond the Barricades: Contemporary Social Movements Through the Prism of the '68 Struggle(s)

Moderation: Jennifer Ramme (Frankfurt/Oder)

Location: European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Senatssaal, HG 109, Große Scharrnstr. 59
Date and Time: 30 April 2019, 6.15 pm

Contemporary political condition can hardly be supplied with an adequate diagnosis without a proper account of the protest and activist culture that has developed itself during the last 50 years. A reflective gaze back to the events of 1968, that are widely considered as the cradle for new social movements, can serve as a good departure point for analyzing the evolution of the forms of non-institutional political participation and collective action from the eve of post-industrial economy to our days of rampant digitalization. This lens might allow to trace, how the calls for the long march through institutions and the rumble of street politics have still been echoed in the strategies of the recent socio-political protests in different parts
of the world. And even if it stays debatable, to which extent contemporary social movements can be considered as the agents of change and the harbingers of global democratic public sphere, their potentiality to undertake these roles remains acutely relevant today and, therefore, invites thorough interrogation.

Prof. Donatella della Porta (Florence) is a sociologist and political scientist, head of the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florenc.

The talk is part of the series of events „’68 NOW. Europäische Verflechtungen“ - a cooperation between Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), in collaboration with the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), Kyïv.

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Further information on "’68 NOW. Europäische Verflechtungen" you can find here:
www.europa-uni.de/68now