Women in the Wake of May 68: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Postgraduate Conference

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Call for Papers
May 16, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, French History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, European History / Studies


Women in the Wake of May 68: An Interdisciplinary Approach

A one-day postgraduate conference

16 May 2018

King’s College London

Keynotes: Professor Margaret Atack (Leeds) & Dr. Rakhee Balaram (SUNY Albany)

Organised by Marion Hallet & Elizabeth Miller (King’s College London, Film Studies)

One of the largest mass movements in French history, May 68 represented the culmination of a rejection of the established moral order. This period of civil unrest is often considered the cultural, social, and moral turning point in postmodern society. While the events of May 68 have garnered much academic attention, there has been little discussion of how the event affected the status of French women in the years directly following, especially how this is represented in the culture-at-large in film, literature and the arts.

This one-day event will coincide with the 50th anniversary of May 68 and bring together Arts & Humanities postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines to share and discuss their research. Professor Margaret Atack, author of May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Representation, Rethinking Society, and Dr. Rakhee Balaram, whose forthcoming book Counterpractice: Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Art of ‘French Feminism’ examines art in post-May 68 France, will be the keynote speakers.

We invite postgraduate students researching topics related to the history or representation of French women in the aftermath of May 68 to apply, including those from Art, Art History, Cultural Studies, Fashion, Film, French, History, Literature, Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies departments.

Interested postgraduate students should submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper to WomenAfterMay68@kcl.ac.uk by 12 February 2018. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and a short biographical statement. Successful applicants may apply for a travel bursary. We have limited funds so early application is advisable.