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The Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, the Vietnam War protests and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the large scale student strikes in France, the student movement in Germany, the March government crisis in Poland, and the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico – these are just some events that took place around the world, in 1968. In his lecture, Dr. Yaron Jean from the Sapir College, Negev, in Israel will examine the transnational context of student protests of 1968 with the focus on major events and generational conflicts.

Free admission.

Lecture in English.

June 19
time: 10:00-13:00
Warsaw

1968- The Year that Changed the World

The year of 1968 is known for its student’s protests throughout the world. It ignited a global and spontaneous combustion of rebellious spirits which ran from Poland, France, and Germany to the United States and Mexico. The spirits of turning against the dominant order even reached remote places like the young state of Israel after the six days war. There were other years of revolution in history, but it seems that it was 1968 which brought together the idea of civil rights movement, the rejection of the shadow of Second World War with its subsequent ideologies and the effective use of television and mass media as political forces.

In the seminar we will examine the transnational context of student protests of 1968 through the focus on its major events and its generation conflicts. We will thematically explore the long shadow of the Second World War as well as the Cold War in setting the stage for the outbreak of the protests in Europe. In addition, we will survey the role of individuals in the sequence of events such as the instance of Jewish intellectuals in the various student movements. In the seminar we will familiarize ourselves with the transnational course of the year of 1968 and will acquire analytical, cultural and historical tools for exploring one of the most pivotal events of the Cold War era.

Speaker

258 yaron jean

Yaron Jean, Ph.D. – studied European history and political science at the universities of Tel Aviv, Munich, Cologne and the Hebrew University where he received his PhD., in 2006. Yaron teaches modern history and communication at the Sapir College, Negev and his present research focuses on the transnational impacts of World War II on the post war de-colonisation movements. Yaron is the author of Noises of Modernity. Hearing Experiences in Germany 1914-1945 (Heb.), (Tel Aviv, 2011) and Portable Identities: Travel Documents and the Question of Stateless Refugees in Europe between the Two World Wars, (Göttingen/Bristol, Conn., Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming 2018) [Eng.] . His recent publications further including “The Soundmindedness of the Great War: Viewing History through Auditory Lenses” in: Feiereisen Florence and Hill M. Alexandra (ed.) Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century. An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Silenced Power: Warfare Technology and the Changing Role of Sounds in Twentieth-Century Europe” in: Studies in Contemporary History, 8, 2011; “Droning Airplanes and Reversed Memories: The Historiosonic Vocabulary of the Air War Over Europe in the Second World War” in: Meier R. (ed.) Acoustic Memory and the Second World War, forward by Aleida Assman (Göttingen/Bristol, Conn., Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 2010); Reisepapiere und jüdische Mobilitätserfahrung. Geschichte eine negativen Symbiose im Europa der Zwischenkriegszeit, in: Dachs Gisela (Hg.) Grenzen, Berlin, Suhrkamp Verlag; Made in Germany“ Hanna Reitsch and the Political Legacy of Motroless Aviation Outside Germany , in: Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte, Bd. 44; Destruction out of Silence: Non-Diegetic Sounds, Drones and the Natural History of Aerial Warfare in: Bründel Stephen and Frank Estelmann (ed.) Disasters of Violence, War and Extermisim 1813-2015, Transcript Verlag, 2018; Invisibility, Concealment and Asymmetric Warfare: Some Reflections on the History of Camouflage, CEIW, forthcoming 2018; Disruptive Silence: Air Raid Sirens and Holocaust Remembrance in Israel, Liminalities, 2018; Cold Proximity: Air Power in the First World War and the Transitive Role of the Battlefront as a Theatre, Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2018.

Date and Location

June 19, 2018, 10:00-13:00
SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, Warsaw
Room: S124

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