This conference will focus on a crucial concept and a periodization: if we accept the postulate that the second half of the 20th century was marked by various forms of ‘transnationalisation’ of European political cultures, did the 1970s represent a turning point in this major phenomenon? The answer to this question is not self-evident. In recent years, social science researchers have mainly emphasized the political effects of globalization and the acceleration of European integration beginning in the 1980s/1990s, whereas historians have insisted on the transnational character of the1960s protest movements. The 1970s, caught between these two milestone periods of contemporary upheaval, have apparently been neglected – at least from this standpoint.
The conference will first investigate whether or not this ‘long’ decade (i.e. 1968-1979) saw the formation of transnational networks, the transfer, and circulation of ideas, political actors or symbols, that reflected or contributed to a ‘transnationalisation’ of the political cultures of the different countries.
The second question that we wish to investigate during the conference is whether (and if so, to what extent) 1970s European political cultures elaborated concepts, utopias and symbols that envisioned an end to the national framework.
Langues de travail / Working languages: français et anglais