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1968-2018: activism in the East and the West

International conference

1968-2018: activist practices in the East and the West

may 23-24, 2018

Paris, Maison de la recherche (28 rue Serpente)

Coordinators: Alexander Bikbov (EHESS), Anne Le Ueru (University Paris Nanterre, ISP), Francoise, Dose (CERCEC, EHESS), Olga Bronnikova (ILCEA4, University of Grenoble Alps), Stephanie Prezioso (University of Lausanne), Perrin, Popen (CEMS, EHESS), Bella Ostromoukhov (Sorbonne, Eur'Orbem)

supported by: CERCEC (CNRS / EHESS), University of Lausanne, Eur'Orbem (Sorbonne Paris / CNRS), CRH (EHESS / CNRS), CEMS (EHESS / CNRS) CEFR, ISP (Paris-Nanterre / CNRS) CESSP (panthéon Sorbonne / EHESS / CNRS), ILCEA4 (University Grenoble Alpes).

the Experience of 1968, which is not confined to the French May, gossip with a number of political, social and cultural realities that define the present day. What happened to the experience of ' 68 today, fifty years later? How varied activist practices during this time? What is the experience of contemporary social movements that put those same or similar questions? International research conference "1968 — 2018: activist practices in the East and the West" is a place of meeting and dialogue between researchers and activists French, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian and Eastern European social movements.

After a period of large demonstrations in Russia in recent years in Eastern Europe appear interesting and promising forms of activism, little known outside these countries. They largely focused on the creation of a critical solidarity of the communities within the municipal government (since 2012), anti-authoritarian working with public space and language ("Silent picket"), the anti-fascist movement in its evolution, including antidepressive campaign and the fight against police abuse (late 2000s). The Eastern European experience also includes work of associations and centres that support urban traffic and public anti-discrimination agenda. Internationalization, which is accompanied by the birth of a new activist practices is not only the dissemination of "exemplary" foreign experience locally, but the integration of immigrants from Russia and Eastern European societies in contemporary activist networks in Western Europe. All these new practices are often based on the rejection of the traditional dilemmas of political participation (or nonparticipation), as well as from short-term mission in the public space at the resonant media. Such experience will become the basis of dialogue and reflection offered by the conference.

the Anniversary of 68 years appears to be a good reason to consider the relevance and history of social movements in a difficult and intense period 1968-2018 years. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the term and to raise questions with regard to social and civil initiatives that one step further to advance in their denationalized understanding that removes our eyes from some of colonial mythologies and illusions. This meeting continues the successful experience of Russian-French workshop and conference on May 68, held 25-26 June 2017 in Moscow. In the course of Russian and French researchers and activists took part in the joint dialogue. The success of those meetings and the enthusiasm they caused, gave impetus to the development initiatives already in Paris.

the program of the conference

— 23 may —

13.30-14.00. Introduction

Alexander Bikbov (EHESS, Paris). New "small" forms of activism in Russia after the period of mass rallies.

14.00-16.00. Session 1: Overcoming taboos and repression

moderator: Francoise, Dose (EHESS, Paris)

Alexei Gaskarov (activist, the city of Zhukovsky, Moscow region). Overriding the repressive context of the left movement in Russia.

Anthony Pregnolato (University of Nanterre, ISP, Paris). Resistance to police violence in France.

Miryasova Olga (Institute of sociology RAS, Moscow). Small independent trade unions and solidarity groups in Russia: overcoming apathy.

IanB (activist, Paris). "Anti-terrorist measures" as a form of repression of activists and political refugees.

16.00-16.30. Break

16.30-18.30. Session 2: Activism in exile — the Diaspora and solidarity

moderator: Anne Le houérou (University of Nanterre, ISP, Paris)

Anna Transition (University of Lausanne, SolidaritéS). To be an activist from abroad?

Inna Omarova (Association of Singa, France). The experience of exile and the struggle for the rights of refugees.

Perrin, Popen (EHESS, CEMS, Paris). The Ukrainian revolution of 2013-2014 and its perception in activist environments of East and West.

Marco Boytsun (new York University, London). The Diaspora of the Ukrainian socialists and the East-West solidarity.

— may 24 —

9.30-12.30. Session 3: Urban activist practices

moderator: Bella Ostromoukhov (Eur'Orbem, Paris)

Elena Rusakova (municipal deputies, Moscow). The struggle for space and self-government in the Russian capital.

Maxim Osadchuk and Irina Zrobok (Autonomous activists, Lviv). The creation of the activist community through everyday urban practices.

Daria Serenko (#Peaceful picket, Moscow). "Silent picket": strategies for working with the repressive public space.

Julien Talpin (University of Lille 2, CERAPS). Urban fighting in France and the legacy of May 68.

12.30-14.00. Lunch break

14.00-16.00. Session 4: After 68, between culture and politics

moderator: Olga Bronnikova (ILCEA4, University of Grenoble Alps)

Nicola Caferri (teacher, writer, Italy). Bologna spring ’77: between creativity and violence.

Aleksandra sekulich (Centre for cultural decontamination, Belgrade). Culturitalia political demands of student ' 68 in Yugoslavia and the memorialization of euphoria.

Natalia Smolyan (RGGU, Moscow). Restart May 68: rates of mobilization and critical reflection in post-Soviet Russia.

16.00-18.00. Round table: Critical mobilization in France and Europe: the legacy of May 68

Discussants: Yves Cohen (CRH, EHESS, Paris) and Boris Gobi (ENS Lyon)

Jean Batu (University of Lausanne). In the footsteps of his book "Our 68 years in the brain of the monster."

Jean-Yves Potel (historian and analyst). Activism after 1968: parallel East-West.

Languages: Russian and French (with simultaneous translation), English (without translation).

For all students mandatory entry: send your name and surname at ostrob[], indicating in the subject "Entry".

Programme en français / the conference Programme in French