Lessons of 1968

International Conference (Moscow, May 30 – June 1, 2018)

EU Delegation to Russia
International Memorial
Gorbatchev Foundation
Czech Center in Moscow
Slovak Institute in Moscow
French Institute in Russia
Czech Republic Memorial
Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague

For most European countries, 1968 is a symbolic year. For many, it represents a deep watershed, the beginning of a new era. It is no coincidence that people coming of age at that time became known as the ‘68 generation.

The intellectual and social revolution that swept the continent had a huge impact on the way of life and on the cultural and political development of the Western world. The purpose of the conference «Lessons of 1968» is to discuss the various forms in which the historical memory of those events was preserved in Western and Eastern Europe. Ludmila Ulitskaya, Adam Michnik, Zdeněk Hazdra, Sergei Lukashevsky, Elena Londakova, Irina Shcherbakova, Vladimir Lukin, Petr Pithart, Alexander Daniel, Andrei Kolesnikov, Gerd Koenen and others will talk about how those events have been remembered in different countries and what myths have developed over time.

  • Did 1968 have the same consequences for the cultural development of different European countries?
  • Is the memory of the protest spirit still alive?
  • How has the European experience been reflected in the Russian context?
  • What is the significance of the memory of the events of 1968 for Eastern Europe and what did the protest demonstrations against the invasion of Czechoslovakia mean for the USSR?


Чешский центр Представительство Европейского Союза в Российской Федерации Горбачев-Фонд Французский Институт в России Институт изучения тоталитарных режимов в Праге Словацкий институт в Москве