Global Resistance and Lockal Knowledge: Graduate Student Conference
Drew University, Madison NJ
Modern History and Literature Program, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
Recent scholarship on 1968 has focused on its particular eruptions and reactions, but also on the question of their systemic connection. Were the wide-ranging instances of social unrest the manifestations of a global zeitgeist, conditioned or at least influenced by broad macro-economic and geopolitical forces? Or were these phenomena the outgrowth of primarily local and unrelated conditions? Does a satisfying analysis require a partial synthesis of both these possibilities, as well as a frame for thinking both similarities and differences?
The conference “1968: Global Resistance/Local Knowledge” will explore the 1960s in their many facets and these questions from a number of angles. Areas of interest include:
Geographies of Protest: rebel energies in Western and Eastern Europe, North and Latin America, China and Southeast Asia.
Gender Trouble: radical transformations in gender relations and sexual identity; the women’s movement; gay and lesbian rights activism.
Protest and Print Culture: pamphlets, manifestoes, plays, the underground press, literature, posters, graphic novels, and “comix.”
Popular Culture and the Media Massage: cross-referential/interdisciplinary investigations into film, music, television, advertising, fashion, and “pop-art.”
Political Ideologies: Marxism, Maoism, anarchism, the Frankfurt School, Situationism, internationalism, anti-colonialism, liberalism, the roots of contemporary conservatism.
Theoretical Explorations: the rise and fall of Marxism, the universal vs. the local intellectual, post-structuralist stirrings, anticipations of globalization.
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