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The Legacy of 1968 | Conference The Legacy of 1968 | Conference
October 5, 2018
10:00am - 6:00pm

This conference will reflect on the protests of 1968 and their historical and intellectual ramifications by taking a fresh look at the legacies of that tumultuous year. The cultural icon “1968” has transformed into many distinct areas which far exceed the intentions and experiences of those who participated in the actual events. At its fiftieth anniversary, we will mark the transition of ’68 from memory to history by fostering a conversation that would provide a novel perspective towards this century-defining year. This conference brings together scholars focusing on the cultural and intellectual history of protest in France, Germany, and the Global Sixties. Speakers will reflect on the new directions of historical thinking about 1968 and will explore the legacies of this pivotal intellectual moment for political thought and social movement studies.

Conference attendees are invited to view the art exhibit Occupying Paris: 1968 and the Spaces of Protest at the Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery at CES.

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2018 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard – Back to Square One 2018 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard – Back to Square One

November 5, 2018

The Summit on the Future of Europe is an initiative of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. Since 2014, this annual conference convenes scholars and public leaders to debate critical challenges facing Europe. The fifth annual Summit is a partnership of CES, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, diaNEOsis Research and Policy Institute, European Stability Initiative (ESI) and Central European University (CEU).

Conference | Reorganizing the Middle East, 1912-1948 Conference | Reorganizing the Middle East, 1912-1948
November 13, 2018
9:00am - 5:15pm

This two-day conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and may be completed via the conference web site.

Funding for this conference is generously provided by the Knapp Family Foundation.

Flaschenpost: Critical Theory at 100  – The European and American Reception, 1923-2023 Flaschenpost: Critical Theory at 100 – The European and American Reception, 1923-2023
October 6, 2023
8:30am - 6:00pm

The Institute for Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung) was founded in Frankfurt a century ago, in 1923. To mark the occasion of its founding and growth over the last one hundred years, the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History will convene at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, bringing together some of the scholars who have played a major role in the interpretation and transformation of critical theory in both Europe and America.

This two-day conference also marks the 50th year since the initial publication in 1973 of Martin Jay’s The Dialectical Imagination, a book that was crucial to the early reception of Frankfurt School critical theory in North America and beyond.

Please refer the agenda below for a list of discussions and speakers. For those who cannot attend in person, this conference will be livestreamed. Register via the links below to register and attend via Zoom.


Conference Agenda

This conference will take place from Friday, October 6-Saturday, October, 7. View the full agenda and a list of speakers here:

European Conference 2024 at Harvard Kennedy School European Conference 2024 at Harvard Kennedy School
February 9 - 10, 2024
9:00am - 6:30pm

Join this two-day, student-led conference at Harvard Kennedy School that brings together political leaders, CEOs, world-class experts and practitioners from across Europe to explore and discuss the challenges facing the continent today.

This year marks the 10th anniversary edition of the conference, which will aim to share perspectives around the theme "The European Dream. 2024: A Continent at the Crossroads."

2024 is a pivotal moment for Europe and the transatlantic relationship. From the European Parliamentary elections to elections at the national level (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Romania) and across the Atlantic, 2024 will be a key moment for democracy and define future European policies around climate change, artificial intelligence, and migration. The European response to the continued war in Ukraine and other major geopolitical challenges will be closely examined. Amid this foreign policy turmoil, the protection of a European way of life is at the heart of heated debates.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

For program details, see here.

Conference Agenda

This conference will take place from Friday, February 9-Saturday, February 10. View the full agenda and a list of speakers here:


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