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The Power of Love: Hippie Culture and Politics in the 1960s and 1970s in a Global Perspective

Donnerstag, 9. Juni
11:15 bis 12:45 Uhr
Raum 3028

The hippies – a loose label, as Barry Miles rightly observed – formed a counterculture. 'Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll' outlined the programme for a revolt against the straight society with a markedly ambivalent attitude towards politics. While 'Make love, not war' was a political statement for peace in specific contexts, such as the Vietnam conflict, for some, it expressed a general rejection of politics and political power for others. The relationship between the hippie opposition to the establishment and political activism was characterised by manifold tensions, producing congruencies and divergences of purposes and means, bringing about fusions and repudiations.

The panel will reflect on the notion of power in the second half of the twentieth century by examining the relationship between youth culture and politics in the case of the hippies. Thereby, the focus will be laid on constellations and developments outside the US-American and European heartlands of hippie-ism, based on the interest in the analysis of how displacements into other cultural and political contexts as well as interactions between the contexts transformed the counterculture, modified its political attitudes and led to differences in its political relevance.

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