The Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Protest Movements, Activism, and Social Dissent

The Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Protest Movements, Activism and Social Dissent (IFK = “Interdisziplinäres Forschungskolloquium Protestbewegungen”) was founded by Joachim Scharloth (University of Zurich) and Martin Klimke (University of Heidelberg) in 2003 to provide a forum for innovative approaches in the research of phenomena of grassroots activism.

The primary goals were to offer a forum for young scholars to discuss their ideas and research results; to generate new approaches concerning the historicization and academic treatment of protest movements and social dissent since World War II; to widen the perspective by including a whole range of available sources, methods and research interests; to develop; to give practical advice about the archival repositories and possible funding opportunities in various countries; to establish a permanent forum for academic exchange among a widening community of young scholars.

This interdisciplinary research network which currently included over 40 affiliates from various European countries and North America. It hosted the following three conferences:

  • “Gelebt, erinnert und erforscht? – 1968 auf dem Weg vom kommunikativen zum kulturellen Gedächtnis“
  • July 9-10, 2004 at the University of Heidelberg with the support of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
  • “Maos Rote Garden? 1968 zwischen kulturrevolutionärem Anspruch und subversiver Praxis: Kultur- und Mediengeschichtliche Aspekte der Studentenbewegung“
  • February 4-5 , 2005 at the German Department of the University of Zurich
  • “Between the ‘Prague Spring’ and the ‘French May’: Transnational Exchange and National Recontextualization of Protest Cultures”
  • August 25-27, 2006 at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg

In 2006, the network was dissolved into the international research project and network “European Protest Movements since 1945” (www.protest-research.eu) which was incorporated in the “International Center for Protest Research (ICP, www.protest-research.org)” in 2010.