International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH)
When we look back on the 68er protest movements, we are dealing with a period of two decades, the 1960s and 1970s. For the social and political protest movements were clearly underway worldwide before 1968 and were exhausted definitively only at the end of the 1970s. "1968" therefore represents only a number.
The number "1968" stands for the worldwide social movements that were carried above all by youth and students who distinguished themselves with a specifically "youth" mentality, culture and way of life. They thus produced an impact that went beyond class and social strata. The social composition of these social movements varied from place to place and from country to country.
These social movements, which in some - in particular, non-European - countries took on the character of social revolts, were an international phenomenon and increasingly also internationally networked. They reached from the three continents over the social movements of the developing countries to the metropoleis of the capitalist world system. Inside the sphere of state socialism, they were essentially limited to Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia as well as some dissident party currents (Poland, GDR, Hungary). With this conference we want above all to include also non-European experiences and put an emphasis upon transnational and transcontinental comparative analyses.