CFP: Does the “Fight Continue”? The Global Afterlives of May ’68, Winthrop-King Institute International Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee THU 03/28/2019 – SAT 03/30/2019

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Call for Papers
July 30, 2018
Florida, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

May '68 in Paris reflected an unstable combination of social turmoil, youthful exhuberance, imaginative theorizing, and theatrical politicizing that caught the attention of the world. What began in the courtyard of the Sorbonne, rapidly took on an international dimension with spin-offs in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

The year 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of these May uprisings. The Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University would ilke to take this opportunity to evaluate the extent to which May '68 was indeed a harbinger, for good or for worse, of social and cultural change on a global level. However, the orientation of our conference is not directed primarily toward the events of May '68 themselves. Rather, we wish to analyze the ramifications this historical moment has had for contemporary society.

Our conference wishes to pursue questions such as (but not limited to):

- In what ways did May '68 engender transnational, global movements?

- What has been its lasting societal and cultural impact on today's world?

- To what extend has May '68 been used or abused by the political Right or Left?

- How have (or could have) the events fifty years ago inspired present social and political movements such as "Occupy Wall Street," "Black Lives Matter" or the "Arab Spring"? Or, looking forward rather than backward, which of the aspects and ideas that inspired May '68 may serve as models for future activism?  

To provide the fullest possible discussion of the multiple dimensions and transnational ramifications of May '68, the Winthrop-King Institute encourages submissions of paper proposals from a variety of disciplines including history, culture and media studies, sociology, ethnology, psychology, philosophy, literature, performance, theatre, film, music studies, and art history.

Principal speakers include: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), and Kristin Ross (New York University).

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words by July 30, 2018, to:

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