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The events of May 1968 were, in one sense, uniquely French. The alliance of students and workers, the Situationist occupations and even the slogans of les événements had a pronounced Gallic accent. And yet, writing precisely in 1968, it was a French-Algerian philosopher who recalled that the month of April that year coincided with ‘the weeks of the opening of the Vietnam peace talks and of the assassination of Martin Luther King’. If this conference is thus a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of a recognizably French historic month, it is at the same time an interrogation of the memory of events that took place that year in cities other than Paris (Prague, Mexico City, Río) and in countries other than France.
What were the global socio-political but also artistic and intellectual antecedents of the uprisings of May ’68? What were its synergies with Marxism and Maoism, and with revolutionary militancy and Third World movements of national liberation? How was the French nouvelle critique (itself indebted to a certain German tradition and elaborated by intellectuals whose origins frequently lay beyond French borders) shaped by the events, and indeed how did it shape them? How might one trace the global impact of May ’68 through to the present day? What are its legacies, as one says these days—legacies understood not as bequests that one receives intact, objectively, but rather as inheritances that remain to be sifted, deciphered, worked through and criticized? And how have the various languages of May ’68 been appropriated by formal politics, either on the left or on the right?
Call for papers
We welcome papers examining the history of the uprisings in France from fresh perspectives but likewise proposals on a broad range of topics relating to the different contexts and contested legacies of May ’68.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Histories and mythologies of May ’68
- The ’60s generation
- May ’68 in literature, film, and the visual arts
- Political activism and its discourses—from 1968 to the present
- Guerrilla militancy
- Movements of decolonization and national liberation
- The new social movements (feminism, LGBTQ,…)
- Critical theory
- Liberation theology
Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited, by 30 November 2017.
Please send a short abstract (250 words) and bio-bibliography (100 words) to:
Proposals for complete panels with 3 papers are also very welcome.
Please note that the main language of the conference will be English but that papers in other languages are also very welcome.