France and America: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century,
An Interdisciplinary Conference (University of Southampton, UK, 6-7 July 2001)
This conference will provide a unique forum for examining the social and cultural forms of the long twentieth century in France and America. By examining the French and American experiences together, the conference aims, firstly, to disrupt and re-evaluate the discourses of exceptionalism which have marked both French and American studies, and, secondly, to provide an opportunity for rethinking exchanges between the two cultures. To this end, the organisers hope to establish a dialogue between Americanists and scholars in French cultural and historical studies, as well as attracting those working in more comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. Plenary speakers currently include Elaine Tyler May (author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era and Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness) and Kristin Ross (author of Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture).
Contributions are invited from scholars working in any relevant discipline, particularly history, literary studies, cultural studies, social and cultural theory, history of art and design, film and media studies. Likely topics for discussion include:
Cold War culture and society
Colonialism/post-coloniality and "modernization"
Franco-American encounters and modernism
The body and sexuality
The rise of social science
The political/social imaginary
Black cultural renaissance in France and America
Leisure and consumption
Technology and culture
The working body and mind
The 'Americanisation' of French theory
But this list should not be regarded as exhaustive.
Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. Abstracts of 200-300 words should be submitted by 15 January 2001 to Dr Jackie Clarke at address below.
Dr Jackie Clarke
School of Modern Languages
University of Southampton
Phone: +44 (0)23 80594543
Fax: +44(0)23 80593288
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