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Don’t trust anyone under thirty? Being old in the sixties

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Prof Christina von Hodenberg

Historians read the sixties as the age of student revolts, youth subcultures and generational conflict. But this is only half the story. For there were old people, too, and they responded in their own ways to protests and new values. In West Germany, a country deeply affected by the aftermath of war and Nazism, acrimonious generational conflict allegedly pitted rebellious young men and their Nazi fathers against each other. A closer look at elderly Germans will reveal a different picture. Professor von Hodenberg will be launching her new book ‘Television’s Moment: Sitcom Audiences and the Sixties Cultural Revolution’ at her Inaugural lecture.     


Professor Christina von Hodenberg holds an M.A. degree at the University of Munich and a PhD in History from Bielefeld University. She worked at the Universities of Freiburg, Harvard and Berkeley before joining Queen Mary University of London in 2006. Professor von Hodenberg has written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. In 2014 Professor von Hodenberg won the Humboldt Research Award granted in recognition of her achievements to date within her discipline. Most recently she has been researching the history of generational conflict in West Germany in the 1960s and 1970s.   Christina von Hodenberg is a Member of the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute London.   

Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

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