Remembering May 1968
The anti-establishment protests of May 1968 began with the occupation of universities in Paris. As courses were suspended at the Sorbonne, students took to the streets of the Latin Quarter: barricades were built and rioting ensued. Hundreds of students were arrested or hospitalised. A nationwide general strike soon followed involving several million workers. Authorities feared a radical socialist revolution as the Latin Quarter lay in ruin and industry in France came to a standstill.
To mark the 50th Anniversary, the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture hosts the REVOLUTIONS MA Festival and Conference at their Postgraduate Centre in Montparnasse, a stone’s throw away from the epicentre of the 1968 protests. Students will host a week of events to remember not only May 1968 but moments of protest, resistance and innovation throughout history.