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Memories of 1968: International Perspectives
An international conference

The University of Leeds, 17th - 18th April 2008


Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers:

Kristin Ross (New York)
Daniel Bensaid (Paris)
Louisa Passerini (Florence & Turin)
Wolfgang Kraushaar (Hamburg)
Marco Antônio Guerra (São Paulo)

The events of 1968 continue to generate widespread interest and
controversy among scholars, nearly forty years after student and worker
movements erupted across an international stage. In the West, 1968 was
associated with the coming of age of the baby boomers, the growth of the
New Left, protest against authoritarian attitudes and practices in
society, as well as opposition to the Vietnam War. In the Soviet block, on
the other hand, it was associated with the Prague Spring, and in China
with the Cultural Revolution of Mao's Red Guard.

Perhaps more than any other moment in post-war history, 1968 has been
consecrated within different national cultures and elevated to the realm
of the mythical. Moreover, the events of 1968 are nowadays inseparable
from their subsequent representation through the media of literature,
cinema and theory. While the 1968 events themselves have been the subject
of extensive international comparison, and important work has been done on
representations of 1968 in literature, film and theory in a number of
countries, few if any scholars have compared the subsequent
representations of 1968 within these different national settings.

The purpose of this conference is therefore to compare and discuss
representations of 1968 within different national contexts. How has 1968
been (re-)produced and/or contested within different national cultures and
how do these processes reflect national preoccupations with order,
political violence, freedom, youth, authority, self-expression? How has
the memory of 1968 been constructed in different media (film, literature,
biography, monuments, etc.) and theoretical frameworks (philosophy,
sociology, historiography)? Is there a collective social memory of 1968
and does this memory cross different national cultures?

Proposals are invited for papers which deal with these themes in any
national context, though an international and comparative approach is
strongly encouraged. Titles and abstracts (250-300 words) for proposed
papers, which should be in English, should be sent with a short biography
and a list of publications to either Dr. Ingo Cornils, German Department
I.Cornils@Leeds.ac.uk; Dr. Sarah Waters, French Department
S.A.Waters@Leeds.ac.uk or Alan O'Leary, Italian Department
A.O'Leary@Leeds.ac.uk by Friday 19th January 2007.

Speakers may wish to address one or a combination of the following themes,
but papers in other subject areas are also welcome:

	National/international representations of 1968
* film
* literature
* theatre
* cultural symbols and icons
* public discourse
* intellectual debates
* narrative accounts

      	1968: memory and forgetting

* reconstruction
* deconstruction
* myth-making
* revisionism
* recuperation

      	1968 and theory

* philosophy (post-modernism, individualism, the decline of 'grand
  narratives')
* sociology (post-industrialism, post-materialism, neo-capitalism)
* historiography
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