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Apr 27

APR 27

1:00 PM–5:30 PM


1968 in 2018: Geographies and Temporalities of Mai 68

1:00 PM–5:30 PM    Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Lecture/Panel Discussion:

1968 in 2018: Geographies and Temporalities of Mai 68

Imen Amiri, Ludivine Bantigny, Françoise Blum, Julian Bourg, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Frédéric Gros, Kristin Ross and Emmanuelle Saada

To RSVP, please click here. [Presentations will be given in English and French. For the French language presentations, English translation will be made available]

Please scroll to the bottom for important information regarding the planned strike by the Graduate Workers of Columbia.

Revolts, revolutions and calls to resistance have shaped the 2010s globally. In this context, the 50th anniversary of Mai 68 calls less for a commemoration than for a reflection on the spatial and temporal parameters of the events of Mai 68 and their relevance today.  

Traditional narratives locate the events of 1968 on a line running from Paris to New York, via Prague, Beijing and Tokyo.  We would like to also consider an alternative geography that includes Dakar, Madagascar, and Tunis. We intend to question the historical sequence in which Mai 68 makes sense. How can we interpret the different movements that challenged relations of power around race, gender, sexuality, labor, culture and knowledge as an ensemble? How did they shape subsequent political conflicts and how do they resonate with current political and social struggles?

This event is presented with support from the Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program and the Committee on Global Thought.


Please be aware that the Graduate Workers of Columbia, the graduate student union, has organized a strike this week, and that students will be picketing on College Walk on the day of the conference, Friday April 27, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  More information about the strike can be found here.

We were unable to relocate our conference to an off-campus location.  However, especially given the fact that our conference is about May 68, and we are interested in connecting that history to events today, it seemed fitting to ask the student organizers to speak for a few minutes at the opening of our conference about the reasons for their strike.  Also, Kristin Ross (author of May ’68 and its Afterlives and Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune), who will be speaking in our conference at 4:30 pm, will talk briefly on the strike line between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm, and the students would welcome your presence at the picket line before our 1:00 start.

We also wanted to inform you that we have added a screening of Columbia Revolt, the legendary documentary about the Columbia protests of 1968 shot by members of the activist filmmaker collective New York Newsreel, at the Maison Francaise on Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m.  To sign up for that screening please RSVP here.

1968 in 2018: Geographies and Temporalities of Mai 68