To kick off the fifty-year anniversary of “May ’68”, this opening working group meeting of the 2018 spring semester turns its attention towards the often unlikely and frequently invisibilized coalitional bedfellows tucked in to the intersectional and transnational histories of Leftist movements of the 1960s, as well as the connections between such movements and “the new spirit of capitalism.” Unfolding such connections, our discussion in January will start by taking up the meanings of style, the polemics for and against violence, and the triangulations of race, class, and gender, which we have imagined and re-imagined ’68 as representing over the past fifty years ever since.


Ziza Delgado [UC Berkeley alumni from the Ethnic Studies program; Culture Diversity Director and lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies, Glendale Community College]

Shannon Ikebe [PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Trustee, UC Student-Workers Union]

Selected texts:

Robert L. Allen. Black Awakening in Capitalist America: An Analytic History. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1990. pp. 1-20.

THE COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE. “The Combahee River Collective Statement.” 1978.

Cynthia A. Young. “Introduction” (pp. 1-17) and “Angela Y. Davis and the U.S. Third World Left Theory and Praxis” (pp. 184-208) from Soul Power: Culture, Radicalism, and the Making of a U.S. Third World Left. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006.

Kristin Ross. May ’68 and Its Afterlives. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. pp. 65-79.

Esther Leslie. “Introduction to Adorno/Marcuse Correspondence on the German Student Movement.” New Left Review I/233, 1999. pp. 118-122.

Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse. “Correspondence on the German Student Movement.” New Left Review I/233, 1999. pp. 123-136.

Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello. The New Spirit of Capitalism. London: Verso, 2005. pp. 167-174, 189-202.

Rossana Rossanda. “The Crisis and Dialectic of Parties and New Social Movements in Italy.” Viewpoint Magazine, 2017 [1981].

Jiří Pelikán. “Socialist Opposition in Eastern Europe: the Czechoslovak Example.” London: Alison & Busby, 1976. pp. 89-100.

Additionally, here a few more suggested texts:

Richard Johnson. “The Apparatchik and the Intellectual” (pp. 1-10), “The Issues of Organization and Consciousness” (pp. 110-133), and “The Issue of Violence” (pp. 134-155) from The French Communist Party versus the Students: Revolutionary Politics in May-June 1968. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1972

Kobena Mercer. “‘1968’: Periodizing Politics and Identity” from Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies. Rutledge: New York, 1994. pp. 287-308.

Rossana Rossanda. Excerpt from The Comrade from Milan. London: Verso, 2010. pp. 302-333.

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This meeting is part of the Critical Theory Working Group Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-Building, with generous co-sponsorship from the Maxine Elliot Chair of Comparative Literature; the Arts Research Center; the Berkeley Center for New Media; and the Departments of Rhetoric and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.