Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Revisiting MAY 68 - The Myth & The Debate

Alliance Française de Delhi
Revisiting MAY 68
The Myth & The Debate
Panelists: Sachin Dhawan, Ashish Nandy, Ramin Jahanbegloo,
Come Carpentier de Gourdon, and Dilip Simeon
Friday, May 4, 2018, 6:30 pm
M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi - 110003

(see below for a brief list of audio-visual materials from 1968)

About: If new memories of 1968 have begun to surface in France and in the world in recent years, then it is certainly due in part to the historical significance of this event for the younger generations of rebels and dissenters around the globe. The subversive potential of the movement lay in the way it created something like a chain reaction across the entire intellectual, artistic and political domains and opened the door to new sociological and philosophical interpretations of the 20th century. One way or another, 50 years later, May 68 is still of a great interest, not only to those who lived it, but also to many who rightly think that it has something to offer as we reflect on current social and political developments in France, Europe, America and South Asia. 

Yet, it may be that for many French citizens who lived the event or the Indians who were influenced by it from afar, May 68 does not offer an easily agreed-upon narrative. Even if the riddle of May 68 remains unsolved, utopia is always present and possible. Its form and shape will be different from what was experienced in May 68 in France, but politics as the power of imagination can prevail.

To discuss the relevance of May 68 and its impact on Indian intellectual and artistic world and related questions join, founder and animator of Agora at Jindal Global University, Sachin Dhawan, for a lively discussion with Ashish Nandy (political psychologist, social theorist)Ramin Jahanbegloo (Director Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace at Jindal Global University)Come Carpentier de Gourdon (Writer- Editor of The World Affairs), and Dilip Simeon (Author and Historian).
Audio-visuals of some major events of 1968
Anti Vietnam-war Demonstrations (1968)
Vietnam War protest in Washington
European anti-Vietnam War Protests
Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration In New York & San Francisco (M. Luther King addresses crowd in New York & Mrs Luther King speaks at rally in San Francisco) [No audio, nos. of still images].
Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration In Berlin
Tet Offensive
Tet Offensive War Footage
 Vietnam War - Tet Offensive

Prague Spring
Prague spring 1968 - Warsaw Pact tanks in Praha (French Audio)
Prague Spring 1968
The Prague Spring of 1968 

Polish Crisis
March 1968. The last exodus of Polish Jews

Paris, May 1968: The Student Revolt
"All Power to the Imagination"

Mexico Olympics
Olympic Flashback: Mexico City 1968 (00:00 - 01:52)
1968 Massacre at Tlatelolco (01:09 - 03:22)

1960's Women's Liberation Movement - A PBS Documentary Trailer
Why did feminists protest against the Miss America pageant in 1968?

Martin Luther King
MLK Assassination and Watts Riots - 1968
Martin Luther King - Assassination and Aftermath- CBS News Special Report April 5, 1968