Continuities and Discontinuities? France Across the Generations
ASMCF Annual Conference, University of Stirling,
1st-3rd September 2011
The year 2011 will mark a number of anniversaries central to the shaping of modern and contemporary France and its citizens: a decade after the events of 9/11; thirty years since the beginning of the Mitterrand era; fifty years on from the massacre of October 1961... As well as their significance in and of themselves, these events and the debates they triggered have served to frame many of the concerns that have preoccupied modern and contemporary France. They do so particularly as they bring to the fore questions of societal change and specifically the impact of intergenerational clashes, tensions and exchanges, within the confines of the Hexagon but also in France’s global relations.
Taking these exchanges, clashes and tensions as our starting point, the conference will be organised around SIX major themes that engage broadly with the notion of continuities and/or discontinuities in the evolution of modern and contemporary France. We list these below with suggested panels for each theme. The suggestions are not meant to imply that alternative ideas for panels or individual papers are not also warmly welcomed.
We would welcome proposals in the following areas:
1. Political Generations
Mitterrand and Mitterrandism
De Gaulle’s Century?
May ‘68 seen by “la génération Sarkozy”
Chirac et la Chiraquie
Feminism and its legacies (40th anniversary of the Manifeste des 343)
Génération Ecologie: Greening France
Besancenot and the New Generation
Young people, elections and political protest
Cyber-politics in France
2. France’s Memory Wars: Devoirs de mémoire, tyrannie de la repentance and beyond
France and slavery: from the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) to the Loi Taubira (2001)
Remembering the Exposition Coloniale: 80 years on
Contemporary perspectives on the Occupation
Memory and amnesia: France, Algeria and the events of October 1961
The children of decolonization: intergenerational memories of immigration
Le “devoir de la mémoire” à l’écran (grand ou petit)
From the Cité de l’Immigration to the Quai Branly: Marking France’s Colonial History?
3. Popular Culture: Legacies and Cultural Markers
Thirty years of Fêtes de la Musique (1981–2011)
Cinematic Generations - from the Nouvelle Vague to le Jeune Cinéma Français and beyond.
The Legacy of Jack Lang
France and reality tv culture: a decade since the launch of Loft Story
Icônes disparus: Gainsbourg (1928–1991); Georges Brassens (1921–1981); Jim Morrison (1943–1971)
The Tour de France, Roland Garros, Longchamp: Key Events in the French Sporting Calendar
From “les Bleus” to “les Blues”: Key moments in France’s footballing history
Les Journées du Patrimoine: France’s Architectural Heritage
4. Kinship and Families
Family structures in the post-PaCS era
Filiation: Policies, Structures, Strategies
The Philosophy of Ageing
The Place of Children in French Society
Le Regroupement familial
5. The New Generation: Les Enfants de Sarkozy?
« La racaille » and the 2005 riots
« La Génération Zidane » ?
Generational shifts: France and the pension crisis
« Moi, mon papa, il est Président » : Jean Sarkozy
Paris-Plages : Contemporary Evolutions of the Cityscape
6. From Commemoration to Celebration
« Responsables mais pas coupables » : The aftermath of the « affaire du sang contaminé »
No smoking, we’re French: the 1991 Loi Evin
Transatlantic relations in the aftermath of the First Gulf War (1991)
1981’s « Six heures pour les Ciné-Clubs »: the legacy of Ciné-Clubs and cinephilia in France
The abolition of the death penalty in 1981
Constructions of Europe: Franco-EU relations since the signing of the Treaty of Paris (1951)
Sixty years since the death of Pétain: the place of Vichy in recent debates on immigration in France
Relationships between France and North Africa: sixty years of Libyan independence
France and Indochina: seventy years since Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh began the First Indochina War
Rural/urban relations in France, marking eighty years since France’s urban population exceeded its rural population
In line with the ASMCF’s interdisciplinary approach, this three-day conference welcomes papers from a wide variety of disciplines including international relations, history, geography, politics, economics, sociology and religious, gender, literary, cultural, film and media studies. We invite both proposals for individual papers (300 words max.) and for panels, which should consist of three presenters and a named chairperson. Papers may be delivered in English or French. The total time for one paper is 20 minutes both for presentations in panels as well as for individual presentations. Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers.
Postgraduate Poster Session: postgraduates in the early stage of their research are invited to present their work at the conference Poster Session. The Poster Session aims to enable postgraduate students to participate in the conference programme, receive feedback from specialists in an informal and friendly setting and to prepare them for presenting papers at future conferences. If you require further information about presenting a poster at the ASMCF annual conference, please contact the ASMCF postgraduate representative, Lindsey Dodd: email@example.com
Proposals for papers and panels (with contact details) should be sent to Fiona Barclay (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cristina Johnston (email@example.com) by 1 February 2011.
Avec le soutien du service culturel de l'Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni.
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