A breakthrough moment: the ‘Sixtyeight’ in Pisa, Italy and Europe


Paths through History are actual thematic conferences about history, science and art that allow you to learn and appreciate SNS’s rich Library and Catalogues, in some of its most beautiful lecture rooms.

The next two conferences, untitled “A breakthrough moment: the ‘Sixtyeight’ in Pisa, Italy and Europe”, will take place on Wednesday September 28th, 2016 at 10am and 5pm. The meetings are opened to the public and high-school students. Mandatory reservation.



corteomovstudbypaolomaggi-1024x651During the fourth Path we are going to reflect upon the historical period known as ‘Sixtyeight’, a year impressed in our collective memory as a symbol of the youth revolt and the student uprising. A movement which, for the first time, appointed itself as a political subject and thrown down a challenge to the “middle-class”. “Banning is Banned”, “Life is Elsewhere”, “All Power to the Imagination”, are slogans which perfectly encapsulate the anti-authority spirit of that generational uprising. The “movement” interweaved with other phenomena – the civil rights mobilisation, the rise of the organised pacifism, the workerism, the sexual revolution – fuelling a “counterculture” with strong creative and communicative abilities. VIS’s project is going to depict the myths and realities of this exceptional year. We are going to reconstruct the roots and the heritage of the (long) ‘Sixtyeight movement’ with an exhibition of manifestos, literature, catalogues, projections of films and clips of the time, and dramatic reading of significant fragments. Here you can find some of the topics: at the Palazzo del Capitano, the Free Speech Movement, the May of ’Sixtyeight’ in France, the Prague Spring and the arise of an “extra-parliamentary Left”; at the Palazzo della Carovana, the student protest and activism seen from the perspective of Pisa, with a look at the immediate background of the 1966-67; at the Palazzo dell’Orologio, the symbols of the revolutionary utopia (e.g. Che Guevara) and the media languages of the protest, with particular reference to cult books, music, cinematography and hippie styles.

Translated from Italian by Cristina Trocin

Author: Fabio Pacucci

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