Special issue Memory Studies Vol. 6.1, January 2013: Challenging dominant discourses of the past: 1968 and the value of oral history, edited by Andrea Hajek

This special issue – with case studies from France, Germany, UK and Italy – explores different trajectories and narratives of 1968. Through the application of oral history methodology, it creates a more inclusive and complex history which moves beyond established memories of 1968.

Table of contents:

Andrea Hajek: Challenging dominant discourses of the past: 1968 and the value of oral history (editorial)

Bruno Bonomo: Presa della parola: A review and discussion of oral history and the Italian 1968
Joseph Maslen: Autobiographies of a generation? Carolyn Steedman, Luisa Passerini and the memory of 1968
Robert Gildea: Utopia and conflict in the oral testimonies of French 1968 activists
Anna von der Goltz: Making sense of East Germany’s 1968: Multiple trajectories and contrasting memories
Celia Hughes: Negotiating ungovernable spaces between the personal and the political: Oral history and the left in post-war Britain
Sofia Serenelli: Private 1968 and the margins: The Vicolo Cassini’s community in Macerata, Italy

Simone Varriale: Conference report

Book reviews

Martin Klimke, Jacco Pekelder, & Joachim Scharloth, (Eds.): Between Prague Spring and French May. Opposition and Revolt in Europe, 1960-1980. Reviewed by Benoît Challand
Ingo Cornils and Sarah Waters (Eds.): Memories of 1968: International Perspectives. Reviewed by Rebecca Clifford
Anna von der Goltz (Ed): ‚Talkin‘ ‚bout my generation‘ – Conflicts of generation building and Europe’s ‚1968‘. Reviewed by Benjamin Nienass
Alessandro Portelli: They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History. Reviewed by Linda Shopes
Peter Jan Magry and Cristina Sánchez-Carretero (eds.): Grassroots Memorials. The Politics of Memorializing Traumatic Death. Reviewed by Andrea Hajek

Table of contents and access to articles online