The memory of the international 1968

Conference location: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
Milano, Italy, 12-15 September 2018
Call for participation, Milano 2018
For info refer to: ialhi2018@

The memory of the international 1968 refers to a mosaic of sources related not only to national and territorial peculiarities, but also to the different structure and duration of each social movement that was launched in that year. The contribution that IALHI member institutes can provide to recreate the general framework is therefore of great importance and allows, through the comparison of the preserved documentation, to offer a broad overview of the available sources in order to find the questions, the instances, the desires of a generation that suddenly found itself at the centre of history and that tried to deeply change not only politics and society, but also languages and collective behaviours.

The discussion will then be focused on eight keywords (freedom, individual, movement, power, collective, youth, society, utopia), introduced by the round table that closes the morning of Friday, September 14th. These eight open and horizontal keywords are not meant to limit the discussion to predefined disciplinary areas or to pre-set interpretations but, on the contrary, the goal is to promote contaminations and exchanges between those who preserve heritage and those who question it. The debate will then be split up in eight thematic tables: a curator and a researcher will be jointly responsible of each table, while a rapporteur will be charged of drafting a summary sheet to sum up the discussion outcomes that will be shared by IALHI.

The conference The Sources of ‘68 is organized by IALHI-International Association of Labour History Institutions. Hosted in Milano, Italy by Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.

The aim is fostering the discussion not only on well-known thematic paths, but also to propose new research directions. Based on these reports, curators and researchers are also able to point out possible connections with the present and to suggest lines of interpretation for the future.

The proposals (500 words), along with a brief professional profile (150 words), must be submitted to ialhi2018@ by July 21, 2018.

IALHI brings together more than hundred archives, libraries and research centers in the field of social and labour history from all over the world. The network organizes an annual conference for its members where expertise on cases and practices is exchanged. IALHI also hosts the Social History Portal (http://www., which contains more than two million records of its members’ catalogues and organizes a widely read News Service. More info at

Wednesday, September 12th
Location: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, viale Pasubio 5
18.00-20.00 – Reception and welcoming of conference participants by FGF
Thursday, September 13th
Location: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, viale Pasubio 5

09.00 – Coffee and registration of participants

10.00 – Opening words
Carlo Feltrinelli, President, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
Filippo del Corno, Councilor for the Arts, City of Milano
Geert Van Goethem, President, IALHI

10.30 – IALHI General Assembly
11.30 – Update of the Social History Portal: Final Report of the IALHI Project
12.00 – Lunch (free time)
13.00 – IALHI Member presentations, part one

13.00 – 13.10 \  Patrick Auderset (Collège du Travail, Genève), Project for an exhibition: A Season Without End (Working title). A Tribute to the Contribution of Seasonal Workers to Post-War Prosperity in Geneva.

13.15 – 13.25 \  Fabian Würtz (Swiss Social Archives, Zürich) and Eric de Ruijter (the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), IIIF presentation of digital archives.

13.30 – 13.40 \ Afelonne Doek (IISH, Amsterdam), Title TBA.

13.45 – 13.55  \  Lucas Poy (Universitad de Buenos Aires, CONICET), The challenge of developing a labor history research center in Latin America. A presentation of the work done by the Centro de Estudios Históricos de los Trabajadores y las Izquierdas in Buenos Aires.

14.00 – 14.10 \  Minna Sannikka (Työväen Arkisto, Helsinki), Oral histories of the Finnish Civil War – Making the audio recordings available.

14.15 – 14.25 \ Geert Van Goethem and Donald Weber (Amsab-ISG, Ghent), Archives of Camille Huysmans, secretary of The Second International 1905-1922.

14.30 – Coffee break


15.00 – Hands-on Workshop for Social History Portal Data Providers
15.00 – IALHI Member presentations, part two

15.00 – 15.10 \ Catia Cottone (Fondazione Nocentini, Torino), Inside an archive. Old models and new research opportunities through the sharing of spaces and services

15.15 – 15.25 \ Richard Temple (Senate House Library, University of London), The Ted Crawford papers.

15.30 – 15.40 \ Enoki Kazue (Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University, Tokyo), 100th anniversary project.

15.45 – 15.55 \ Dario Massimi (CGIL Archivio storico-Biblioteca Luciano Lama, Roma), BiblioMarx

16.00 – 16.10 \ Massimo Repetto (AMBO, Genova), Three Centennials, Three Projects.

16.15 – 16.25 \ Rosalìa Gallo (Biblioteca y Archivo Histórico y Centro de Documentación de la Unión Cívica Radical, Buenos Aires), Title TBA.

17.00 – Guided tour of FGF’s Archives and Library

18.30– Reception hosted by the City of Milano
Location: piazza del Duomo, 14
Friday September 14th
Location: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, viale Pasubio 5

Conference Part I

9.00 – Opening words
Massimiliano Tarantino, Secretary General, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

9.15 – Keynote speakers

Donald Weber (Amsab-ISG), chair
Marcello Flores (Università di Siena), Memory in 1968
Alessandro Portelli (Sapienza-Università di Roma), Oral sources and the multiple narratives of 1968
Uliano Lucas (Photoreporter, Milano), Pictures of ’68. Photoreporting the upheaval

11.30 – Coffee break
12.00 – Round Table – Collecting memories of ’68: a comparative perspective (Maria Guercio, Marcello Flores, Alessandro Portelli, Uliano Lucas, Anja Kruke)
13.00 – Lunch (free time)

Conference Part II

14.00 – IALHI Member presentations, part three

14.00 – 14.10 \ Iuliia Usacheva (The State Museum of Political History of Russia, Saint Petersburg), 1968. USSR in the context of world politics.

14.15 – 14.25 \ Stefania Baschieri and Mario Salvadori (Centro di Documentazione, Lucca), Sources for the Italian ’68 history.

14.30 – 14.40 \ Elena Strukova (State Historical Public Library, Moscow), 1968 in the pages of the periodical press of Soviet informals in the Perestroika.

14.45 – 14.55 \ Alpo Vakeva (Library of the Labour Movement, Helsinki), The memory of 1968 in the Library of Labour Movement collections.

15.00 – 15.10 \ Sara Zanisi (Fondazione ISEC, Sesto San Giovanni), The exhibition «A large number: Signs images words from 1968 in Milan»

15.15 – 15.25 \ Ioanna Kasapi and Jean-Philippe Legois (Cité des mémoires étudiantes, Aubervilliers), The 68’s in France: which sources of student movements?

15.30 – 15.40 \ Franco Bertolucci (Biblioteca Franco Serantini, Pisa), ’68 Pisan sources.

15.45 – 15.55 \ Elisa Castellano and Roberto Campo (Fondazione di Vittorio, Roma), Italian unionism and 1968: from protest to the construction of trade union unity.

16.00 – Coffee break

16.30-18.00 – Session under construction

19.30 – Conference dinner
Saturday September 15th
Location: Fondazione ISEC, Largo Lamarmora 17, Sesto San Giovanni (MI)

9.30 – Welcome coffee

10.00 – Opening words
Giorgio Bigatti (ISEC)

10.15 – Excursion: guided tour of Fondazione ISEC’s collections on ’68 heritage

12.00 – Expected end of Conference


Conference fee and registration
There is no conference fee. The conference is free for IALHI members. If your institution is not a member, you are welcome to the conference. However we may invite your institution to become member of IALHI. Free trial membership is available on demand.

Lunch and coffee at the conference are free. The conference dinner and excursion are free but for members only. Travel and subsistence are at your expense.

Please fill in the registration form. Only registered participants will be allowed at the conference. If you want to participate at the conference dinner please indicate any meal preferences. Please also register in advance if you want to participate in the excursion.

How to get there?
By plane

From Linate airport
Linate airport is located just 10 kilometres from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Linate airport is connected to the city center by coach and bus:

Linate Shuttle
Linate airport > Milan Central Station Departures every 25 minutes, every day First departure: 6:30am – Last departure: 11:30pm

Urban Line 73 – ATM
Linate airport > Milano Duomo (Piazza Diaz) – connection with Underground Lines M2 – M3 Departures every 10 minutes, every day First departure: 5:35 am – Last departure: 12:35 am

From Malpensa airport
Malpensa Express train and Malpensa Shuttle connect Malpensa airport to the city centre

Malpensa Express
Malpensa Express train stops at Porta Garibaldi railway station (only 10 minutes walk from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli), or at Cadorna underground station (connection with Underground Lines M1 – M2)

Malpensa airport > Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station
Departures every 30 minutes, every day First departure: 5:43 am from terminal T1– 5:37 from Terminal T2 Last departure: 10:43 pm from terminal T1– 10:37 from Terminal T2

Malpensa airport > Cadorna Underground Station (lines M1-M2)

Departures every 30 minutes, every day First departure: 5:26 am from Terminal T1 –  5:20 am from Terminal T2 Last departure: 1:30 am from Terminal T1 –  1:21 am from Terminal T2

Malpensa shuttle – Malpensa Airport > Milan Central Station
Departures every 10 minutes, every day First departure: 5:00 am from Terminal T1– 5:10 am from Terminal T2 Last departure: 1:20 am from Terminal T1– 1:30 am from Terminal T2

From Orio al Serio airport

Orioshuttle and Terravision buses connect Orio al Serio airport to the city of Milan.

Orio al Serio Airport > Milan Central Station Direct bus in about 50 minutes – Every day, from Monday to Sunday

Orio al Serio Airport > Milan Central Station Service frequency: every 20 min (early morning buses) then every 30 min during the day First departure: 4.05 am – Last departure: 00:45 am

By Train
Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is close both to Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station and Milan Central railway station, which are served by Trenitalia and Italo.

By Metro
Line M2 (green) –  Milano Porta Garibaldi Stop Line M2 (green) –  Moscova Stop Line M5 (purple) – Monumentale Stop

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