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21 May 2018

"The Lessons of 1968". International conference, Moscow, 30 May - 1 June

 The Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, the International Memorial Society, Gorbachev Foundation, Czech Center, Slovak Cultural Center, French Institute in Russia invite to the international conference The Lessons of 1968,which will be held 30 May - 1 June in Moscow.

For most European countries, 1968 is a symbolic date. For many, it means 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 swiped 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 The 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, ZdeněHazdra, Sergei Lukashevsky, Elena Londakova, Irina Shcherbakova, Vladimir Lukin, Petr Pithart, Alexander Daniel, AndreiKolesnikov, Gerd Koenen and others will talk about how these events are remembered in different countries and what myths appeared over time. Did 1968 have the same consequences for the cultural development of different European countries? Is the memory of the protest alive? How does the European experience get refracted 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?
On 30 May, the French Institute in Russia will host a screening of the film May 68, a Strange Spring and also a meeting with film director Dominique Beaux. This film goes through events of that time from the standpoint of those who opposed the demonstrators: policemen, company executives, statesmen, military, communist leaders. Apart from that, the director will present unique archival photos by Philippe Gras, part of the ongoing Institute Francais exhibition (open 23 May - 9 June)
On May 31, the Round Table From the Prague Spring to Perestroika will be held at the Gorbachev Foundation. Researchers from Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia will present a modern vision of the events, actors, causes and consequences of the Czechoslovak crisis of 1968, caused by an attempt to reform Soviet-style socialism.
In the evening of 31 May, actors of the Stanislavsky Electrotheater will open the discussion 1968: Memory and Myth reading excerpts from Official USSR Decrees on the Entry of Forces into Czechoslovakia, Pravda from August 1968, Milan Kundera's «Unbearable Lightness» about the events of 1968 in Prague and Midday by Natalia Gorbanevskaya about the demonstration on August 25, 1968 on the Red Square.
On 1 June, experts will continue to discuss the historical and social contexts of the events of 1968 at the International Memorial.
The conference will end with a film screening. On 1 JuneEisenstein's library will show a bold political drama film, Karel Kachiny's Ear, shot under the close attention of representatives of the Soviet troops in 1970. The film was banned and was presented only in 1989. The film will be commented on by Julia Liderman and Josef Pazderka will discuss the movie after the screening.
All events are free. Guests are kindly asked to register in advance.
To attend the round table From the Prague Spring to Perestroika in the Gorbachev Foundation, please send a letter of intent until May 28th, indicating your name and affiliation, to, titledParticipation in the  Round Table ‘From the Prague Spring to Perestroika.
To attend the discussion 1968: Memory and Myth and the screenings in the Eisenstein library and the French Cultural Centre, please follow the link to register:
To attend the second day of the conference in the International Memorial, please follow the link to register: