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Between Street Fight and Stadtguerrilla. The Autonomous Movement in Amsterdam and Hamburg During the 1980s

Dates:
  • Mon 21 May 2012 10.00 - 12.00
  Add to Calendar 2012-05-21 10:00 2012-05-21 12:00 Europe/Paris Between Street Fight and Stadtguerrilla. The Autonomous Movement in Amsterdam and Hamburg During the 1980s

The years 1980-1981 witnessed youth revolts all over Western Europe. Influenced by radical politics and punk subculture, youths squatted houses and demanded autonomous, self-managed youth centres and clashed with the police. Out of these revolts grew a radical urban youth movement in which radical politics and youth cultures merged: the squatter or autonomous movement. It was a libertarian movement committed to direct actions against urban renewal projects, militarism, sexism and racism.
This movement played an important role in major political controversies such as the placement of midrange nuclear missiles, nuclear energy, the draft and urban development. It posed the militant wing of these broad protests and was a central social movement actor.
This research reconstructs, analyses and compares the history of autonomous movements in Amsterdam and Hamburg during the 1980s, especially with regards to (the debates on) militant action.

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

The years 1980-1981 witnessed youth revolts all over Western Europe. Influenced by radical politics and punk subculture, youths squatted houses and demanded autonomous, self-managed youth centres and clashed with the police. Out of these revolts grew a radical urban youth movement in which radical politics and youth cultures merged: the squatter or autonomous movement. It was a libertarian movement committed to direct actions against urban renewal projects, militarism, sexism and racism.
This movement played an important role in major political controversies such as the placement of midrange nuclear missiles, nuclear energy, the draft and urban development. It posed the militant wing of these broad protests and was a central social movement actor.
This research reconstructs, analyses and compares the history of autonomous movements in Amsterdam and Hamburg during the 1980s, especially with regards to (the debates on) militant action.


Location:
Cappella, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Supervisor:
Prof. Heinz-Gerhard Haupt

Examiner:
Prof. Stephen Anthony Smith
Prof. Dennis Bos (Leiden University)
Prof. Detlef Siegfried (University of Copenhagen)

Defendant:
Bart Van Der Steen (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
 

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