[B900] Notizie/A - CfP: Conferenza sul 1968

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    BOLLETTINO '900 - Notizie / A, ottobre 2006



- Memories of 1968: International Perspectives
   International conference
   University of Leeds, 17th - 18th April 2008


Call for papers

Memories of 1968: International Perspectives

An international conference to be held at the
University of Leeds
17th - 18th April 2008

Keynote Speakers:
Kristin Ross (New York)
Daniel Bensaid (Paris)
Louisa Passerini (Florence & Turin)
Wolfgang Kraushaar (Hamburg)
Marco Antonio Guerra (Sao 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:

Dr. Ingo Cornils, German Department
I.Cornils at Leeds.ac.uk

Dr. Sarah Waters, French Department
S.A.Waters at Leeds.ac.uk

Alan O'Leary, Italian Department
A.O'Leary at 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
cultural symbols and icons
public discourse
intellectual debates
narrative accounts

1968: memory and forgetting

1968 and theory
philosophy (post-modernism, individualism, the
decline of 'grand narratives')
sociology (post-industrialism, post-materialism,


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