Spectres of others ’68: Aesthetic Genealogies and Global Activism. January 9-10th, 2019 in Barcelona


Spectres of others ’68: Aesthetic Genealogies and Global Activism

9 and 10 January 2019
Facultat de Geografia i Història, Universitat de Barcelona
Aula Magna and Sala Gran


Decentralizing the accounts of 1968, both chronologically and geographically, this seminar proposes to explore the role of ‘the other’ in the configuration of the movements of revolt of the 1960s, tracing the political genealogies and utopian horizons that were conceived and are still visible (and claimed) in contemporary times. While Kristin Ross denounced the depoliticization of the memory of the French May 68, by eradicating the configuration of new political subjects of ‘the other’ (colonial, workers, women) configured in 1968, the takeover of the street from the anti-globalization movements has been based on a continuity with the understanding of 1968 as a political space. However, the passage to globalization brings us back to a genealogy of spectral 68, which, although it comes to the surface, is deformed (and often denatured) by today’s complex agencies. Violence, anti-imperialism, the rejection of the division of labour, the political agency of the wretched of the earth who were part of the demands of those who made 1968 are difficult to digest in the post-9/11 world, especially in the Trump era.

These processes, not free of internal dissent, provide a decisive balance to think today about the intersectionality between class, gender and race struggles, as well as the relationship between the production of subjectivity and class consciousness. From this perspective, the transoceanic articulations that took place during the period between art and politics, as well as the counter-cultural forms that proliferated on both sides of the Atlantic, take on undeniable historical relevance. Its reconstruction as a dialectical image allows not only to decentralize the accounts of modernity, but also to carry out an archaeological exploration of its origin, which will lead the research activity to the critical dilemmas of the present. This is maybe a way to respond to Mark Fisher’s desire to “enclosure the relics of the future in the inactivated potentialities of the past” (Fisher, 2016).


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Wednesday 9 January. Aula Magna, Facultat de Geografia i Història

Morning: La internacional 68, presencias y agencias del otro

10.00-10.15 >Presentation of the seminar: Anna Maria Guasch  and Paula Barreiro López

10.15-10.30 >Introduction to the first day Paula Barreiro López (Université de Grenoble-Alpes). Espectros del 68, genealogías tricontinentales

10.30-11.30 >Conference by Carolina Rito (NottinghamContemporary/Universidade Nova de Lisboa). La revolución Portuguesa es una revolución Africana’: una contra genealogía de las revoluciones occidentales

11.30-12.00 >Pause

12.00- 13.00 >Conference by Giulia Lamoni (Facultade de Nova Lisboa). Who were our mothers in 1968? Historical traces, art and feminism

13.00-14.00 >Conference by Jaime Vindel (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Sobrevivencias del 68 y crisis ecosocial: legados y límites

Afternoon: España 68-78: política e imagen (Aula Magna)

16.30-18.30 >Presentation and screening of the films Spagna 68 by Helena Lumbreras, and Lo que no puede ser visto debe ser mostrado by María Ruido in conversation with Mariano Lisa, Sonia Kerfa (Université Grenoble Alpes) and Jaime Vindel (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Debate chaired by Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble-Alpes).

18.30-18.45 >Pause

18.45-19.30 >Genealogías politicas/poéticas y horizontes utópicos a través de dos publicaciones recientes, with Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble Alpes) and Juliane Debeusscher (Universitat de Barcelona).

Thursday 10 January. Aula grande, Facultad de Geografia i Història

Morning: Ecos del 68 y activismos en la era de lo global (Aula grande)

10:00 >Presentation by Anna Maria Guasch (Universitat de Barcelona)

10.15-11.15 >Conference by Julia Ramírez Blanco (Universitat de Barcelona). Social Movements´ Aesthetics and Communitarian Practice. The Construction of Activist Spatiality between “Centre” and “Periphery”

11.15-11-45 > Pause

11.45- 13.45 >Conference by Mieke Bal (Universeit van Amsterdam), introduced by Anna Maria Guasch. La agencia de la imagen: ¿Activa, activista, o activando?
Videographic projections.

Afternoon: En esos lindes

16:00-16:15 >Presentation of the session by Martí Peran (Universitat de Barcelona)

16:15-16:45 >Domènec: Presentation of the project “Taquería de los vientos”

16:45-17:15 >Oscar Guayabero: Presentation of the project “Gráfica canalla”

17.15-17.30 > Pause

17:30-18.00 >Alán Carrasco: Presentation of the project “Proyecto Supermax I: Die Unterdrücker der Menschheit”

18.00-19:00 >Iván de la Nuez: El 68 desde la retaguardia.


Direction: Paula Barreiro López and Anna Maria Guasch
Coordination: Juliane Debeusscher and Helena Moreno Mata
Seminario organized in the framework of the research projects MoDe(s)2 – Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s): arte, política y contracultura en el eje transatlántico durante la Guerra Fría. HAR2017-82755-P y Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in The Global Age: New Methodologies, Concepts, and Analytic Scopes, Part III (I+D MICINN: HAR2016-75100-P), Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad and the Research group GRC: Art, Globalització, Interculturalitat, AGI/ART II(2017 SGR 577), Generalitat de Catalunya. With the support of the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA).