Conference: 1968 and the New Right. European Perspectives.

Copyright: Gretchen Dutschke-Klotz

 1968 is now 50 years in the past. We would like to take this anniversary as an opportunity to examine the political, societal and social dimensions of the topic of 1968 from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, in order to better understand its effects on the present.


In 1968 we saw student unrest, class struggle and countervailing power mainly in France, Germany and Italy, thaw and blossoming democratisation in Eastern Europe, the Prague Spring and Polish intellectuals. Fifty years ago, rebellion and resistance blazed up in Europe. And burned out almost faster than history could record it. But the spirit of 1968 has not completely disappeared. It has been intellectually and ideologically updated, further developed and reconstituted. In left-wing radicalism and in the German Autumn, as well as – unexpectedly - in new right-wing political movements. 1968 may well have been the birth year of the New Right; despite their contrary goals, they have adapted some of the methods of the ‘68ers. Today, radical right-wing parties and groups threaten liberal-democratic societies almost throughout Europe. We would like to discuss with you, as well as with political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, historians and journalists from these very same countries, what mindset and what intellectual strategies underlie these movements, what consequences 1968 had for Germany, France, Poland and Russia, perhaps even for Europe as a whole.


The event will be held in German and English with simultaneous translation.

The conference will take place in connection with the exhibition "1968. Pop and Protest" in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.


In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.


2 PM: Panel I - From left wing to right wing?


Welcome addresses: 

Sabine Schulze, Director of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Sven Murmann, founder of Kursbuch Kulturstiftung and publisher


Joanna Wawrzyniak           1968-2018: A Polarized Polish Intellectual Scene.

Greg Yudin                             Populism: Left Wing Theory, Right Wing Strategy?

Thomas Wagner                  A Right-Wing popular Party in the Slipstream of 1968.


Moderator: Vladimir Balzer


4:30 PM: Coffee Break


5 PM:  Guided Tour through the Exhibition "1968. Pop and Protest" - free of Charge for all participants


6 PM: Reception and Buffet


7 PM: Panel II - 1968. What´s left?


Welcome addressses:

Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut

Irmgard Maria Fellner, Commissioner for Foreign Cultural Policy and

Deputy Head of Culture and Communication in the German Federal Foreign Office


Christina von Braun            Changed Gender Order.

Emile Chabal                           France´s Anti-1968: Culture, Society and the New Right.

Armin Nassehi                       Identity-Defining Poses.




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We would be gratified to welcoming you to our conference.