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Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present
Revisiting the 50 Years of Discussions from East and Central Europe

ISBN 9780367220853
Published October 14, 2019 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Why does 1968 matter today? The authors of this volume believe that it is a crucial point of reference for current developments, especially the ‘illiberal turn’ both in Europe and America. If we want to understand it, we need to look back into 1968 – the year that founded the cultural and political order of today’s world.

The book consists of the following four sections: '1968 and transnationality', '1968 and the transformation of meanings', 'Artistic representations of 1968', and '1968 and the European contemporaity'. This is followed by an afterword from the significant keynote speaker at the conference Unsettled 1968: Origins – Myth – Impact in June 2018 in Tübingen, Germany: Irena Grudzinska-Gross, herself a Polish ‘68er’, reflects upon the conference and leaves remarks on her 50 years of engagement with what happened in 1968.

Table of Contents

Preface: “Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present” (Aleksandra Konarzewska, Anna Nakai, and Michał Przeperski) Introductory Remark: The 50 Years after, between 1968 and 2018 (Irena Grudzińska Gross) Part One: Reshaping the Past-Present Conflict 1. The ‘Prague Spring’: From Cultural Memory to Personal Trauma (Dmitry Bochkov) 2. The Myths of March ’68: Negotiating Memory in Contemporary Poland against a Comparative Background (Andrzej Czyżewski) 3. Public Sphere Pluralism in 1960's West Germany (Adrian Chubb) Part Two: Identifying the Agencies of the 1968 4. ‘The long 1968’ in Hungary (Adrian Matus) 5. Worlds of Praxis: 1968, Intellectuals, and an Island in the Yugoslav Adriatic (Una Blagojević) 6. Freedom from, or in Socialism? The Prague Spring and the Trauma of the Warsaw Pact Invasion in the Slovak Political Discourse (Dominik Želinský) Part Three. Transgressing the Regional Boundaries 7. The Events of 1968 in the Eastern Bloc and the Italian Left Wing 8. The Year 1968 in Poland and Czechoslovakia and its impact on Yugoslav Youth (Mateusz Sokulski) 9. Behind the Scenes of broadcasting March 68: Radio Free Europe and its Internal Disputes over the Defector Henryk Grynberg (Anna Nakai) Part Four. Representing the Legacies of Utopia 10. Two Theatres, Two Centuries, One Play: 1848 and 1968 Towards Modernity/Modernities in the Light of Dziady (Adam Mickiewicz) 11. Negated Community: The End of Communitarian Ideas in the 1968 Context of Artistic-Political Transformation (Nina Seiler) 12. Disillusion and Utopia: Juraj Jakubiskos Works and Czechoslovak Society Following Prague Spring (Marie Schwarz) 13. The Anti-Political Moment: Post-1968 Theories of Dissent in Regional and Global Perspective (Szabolcs László)

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Aleksandra Konarzewska is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen.

Anna Nakai is a PhD candidate at the Department of History, Central European University.

Michal Przeperski is a PhD researcher at Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.


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