The '68 Movement had immense repercussion on the society in general over a short period after it was ignited by a students’ demonstration in 1968, France. After the French National Assembly disbanded and Germany announced its emergency legislation on May 30th of the same year, the movement went into a settle-down phase. People who took part in the movement failed to organize themselves into a political force. However, they exerted great influence on various fields — politics, society, culture, and art — in the two countries, and the alternatives proposed at the time went through gradual institutionalization and became the foundation for the present social systems. Considering that the position of political, social, cultural, and artistic leaders in the two countries are taken up by the so-called ‘68 generation, this movement is a crucial code to understand contemporary Europe. This research represents an attempt to understand this matter in terms of the general culture and reveal a sweeping paradigm through such understanding. Our work consisted of positively analyzing the demonstrations that took place in 1968; their historical context; the political, social and economic changes they brought about; and the meaning and outcome of such changes, while identifying the impact that this movement had on European ways of thinking and living as well as the European culture and art. We tried to subject the individual phenomenon caused by the ‘68 Movement to thorough analysis and go further to reveal the historic facts and their deeper, cultural implications for two years from 2002 to 2004. The research was funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea (formerly Academic Promotion Foundation). It was conducted for six months from March 2012 to August 2012 and relates itself to constructing a database out of the outcome of the previously completed project, the ‘68 Movement and Changes in Cultural Terrain in Europe. This database research project focuses on allowing people to encounter the ‘68 Movement more vividly by providing them with precious multimedia materials that could have easily been buried out of reach.
Project Title : Human/Social Science Support, South Korea & Overseas
Research Title : '68 Movement and Changes in Cultural Terrain in Europe [KRM Task Information]
Chief of Research : Oh, Jei-Myeong
Research Institution : Chungbuk University
Research Period : 2 Years (August 1, 2002 — July 31, 2004)

Project Title: Tracking and DB Construction for Foundational Human/Social Science Researches [Link to the Search Site for researchers]
Research Title : '68 Movement Mutimedia Database [KRM Task Information]
Chief of Research : Lee, Jeong-Hee
Research Institution : Chungbuk University
Research Period : 6 Months (March 1, 2012 – August 31, 2012)