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Global 1968: Panel with Cornell Faculty

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:45pm to 7:15pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Lewis Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

As part of Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES)
Migration Series

Speakers (in order of first presentation):
Sidney Tarrow (Government, Law)
Elke Siegel (German Studies)
Raymond Craib (History, Latin American Studies)
Larry Glickman (History, American Studies)
Simten Coşar (CIES/Einaudi)
Iftikhar Dadi (History of Art, SAP/Einaudi)
Enzo Traverso (Romance Studies)
Moderated by: Esra Akcan (Architecture, CIES/Einaudi)

1968 has come to be seen as the symbolic date for one of the most influential breaks in the history of the twentieth century. Sudden or incremental, young or multi-generational, academic or activist, intellectual or managerial, quotidian or institutional, transformative socially or in political party systems, revolutionary or reformist, and most likely all of the above to some degree in different places, the critical juncture of 1968 and its global legacies are yet to be assessed. In its fiftieth anniversary, this conversational panel with Cornell faculty will present the short and long term impacts of 1968 on societies around the world, as well as its possible reverberations today. The speakers will make brief presentations on the history and legacy of this chronological marker in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and USA, among other locations. A conversation and Q & A will follow to construct comparative reviews of this moment of cultural upheaval, university protests and civil rights movements. The speakers of “Global 1968” will collectively illustrate the simultaneity and migration of revolutionary ideas.

Speakers' Bios:
Sidney Tarrow is the Emeritus Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University. His books discussing transnational social movements and contentious politics include War, States, and Contention (2015), Power in Movement (2011), Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly, 2006), The New Transnational Activism (2005), Contentious Europeans: Protest and Politics in Europeanizing Polity (with Doug Imig, 2001).

Elke Siegel is an Associate Professor in German Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of Auftrag̈e aus dem Bleistiftgebiet: Zur Dichtung Robert Walsers (2001), and several articles on her research interests such as German Literature from 1900 to the present, literary theory, diary and autobiographical writing from 1800 to the present, and psychoanalysis.

Raymond Craib is a Professor of History and Latin/o Studies program at Cornell University. He is the author of The Cry of the Renegade: Politics and Poetry in Interwar Chile (2016), Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (2004), and several articles on his research interests such as intersections of space, politics, and everyday practice, geography and cartography, the left (particularly anarchism) and the colonization of everyday life.

Larry Glickman is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell University. He is the author of A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society (1999) and Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America (2009), and several articles on consumerism.
Simten Coşar is a Visiting Scholar at the Cornell Institute for European Studies. She is the co-editor of Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives (2017) and of Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (2012). She authored numerous articles on her research interests such as political thought, Turkish politics, feminist political activism, and neoliberal transformations in universities.
Iftikhar Dadi is an Associate Professor in the History of Art and the director of Einaudi Center’s South Asia Program at Cornell University. He has curated exhibitions such as “Unpacking Europe” (Rotterdam 2001), and is the author of Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010), as well as several articles on his research interests such as modern and contemporary art from a global and transnational perspective, with emphasis on methodology and intellectual history.

Enzo Traverso is the Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. His work on the intellectual history and the political ideas of the twentieth century investigate the impact of political and mass violence in the European culture. His books published in English include Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (2017), Fire and Blood: The European Civil War 1914-1945 (2016), The End of Jewish Modernity (2016).

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