March ’68. Fifty Years Later - International Academic Conference
On the 50th anniversary of March '68, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Institute of History and the Institute of Sociology at the Warsaw University invite you to an interdisciplinary academic conference. We encourage historians, sociologists, political scientists, cultural experts as well as representatives of other fields in arts, humanities and social sciences.
In March 1968, student protests against the policies of the communist administration soon esclalated into a mass youth rebellion. The regime responded with brutal repressions and an antisemitic propagandistic campaign which triggered purges in the party apparatus. The outcome of March ’68 events were stifling of all intellectual activity and forced emigration of at least 13,000 Polish Jews.
We would like all the participants to ponder together on the causes, the course and the aftermath of March ’68 in a comparative perspective, while paying special attention to the following issues:
- youth rebellion, anti-establishment activity and conformism in the Eastern Block
- the Jewish experience of March ‘68
- struggle for power in the communist states
- the aftermath of March ‘68.
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The conference is a part of The Estranged. March '68 and Its Aftermath program which comprises a series of projects and a temporary exhibition to be held at POLIN Museum. The program aims to restore the memory of the causes, course and effects of the antisemitic campaign of March '68 while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events.
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The conference is organised within the Global Education Outreach Program.
The conference was made possible thanks to the support of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.