’68ers, ’89ers, & post-89ers: What are the key historical generations in contemporary Europe?

Image: Helsinki Demonstration, 1968 - Courtesy of Szilas, Wikimedia Commons

’68ers, ’89ers, & post-89ers: What are the key historical generations in contemporary Europe?

Tuesday, 2 February 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Online Event
Include: Kostis Kornetis (Autonomous University of Madrid), Isabell Hoffmann (Bertelsmann Foundation), Jennifer Dowd (Oxford), members of the Europe’s Stories project team
Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)
ESC Core Seminar Series

What is a ‘generation’? What is the relationship between the demographer’s, the opinion pollster’s and the historian’s way of thinking about generations? Is there a distinctive post-1989 generation in Europe? If yes, how does it compare with the 68ers?

This is a webinar organised by the Europe’s Stories project of the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom

Kostis Kornetis teaches contemporary history at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He is the author of Children of the Dictatorship. Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece (Oxford and New York 2013) and co-editor of Consumption and Gender in Southern Europe since the "Long 1960s" (London 2016), and Rethinking Democratisation in Spain, Greece and Portugal (Basingstoke 2019). He is currently writing a book on the generational memory of the transitions to democracy in Southern Europe (Oxford 2021).

Dr. Jennifer Beam Dowd is Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health at the University of Oxford and studies mortality trends and how social factors “get under the skin” to impact health, including via infections and immune function. She is also Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at Oxford and received her PhD training in Demography and Economics from Princeton University with post-doctoral training in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. She is currently researching social and demographic factors related to COVID-19, and is also part of an all-female team of PhD scientists interpreting COVID-19 science for a general audience at Dear Pandemic.

Isabell Hoffmann, Founder and co-author, eupinions - an independent platform for European public opinion. Isabell founded eupinions in 2015 as a project of Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with Catherine E. de Vries of Essex University and Nico Jaspers of Dalia Research. As an expert researcher on democracy and legitimacy in the European Union, she has managed research projects on the role of national parliaments in the EU as well as the origins and impact of populism, nationalism and authoritarianism in Europe. Isabell studied political science and economics at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2008, she worked as a political editor for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit.  

This event will be chaired by Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)

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