Fifty Years of Revolution: Gender, Race and Resistance 1968-2018

Monday 21 May 2018, 9.00AM to 22 May 2018

A two-day interdisciplinary conference

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, a year that has gone down in history, certainly in the Western context, as synonymous with revolution and protest. It also marks seven years since the Arab uprisings which revealed an image of Arabs, contrary to Orientalist stereotypes, as progressive, politically informed and independently minded.

Amid these contexts, the Centre for Women’s Studies, the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York are holding a two-day interdisciplinary conference on revolution and the revolutionary in politics and culture from 1968 to the present from an explicitly gendered perspective. Gender is constitutive of how we think about revolution, revolutionary subjectivity and the revolutionary, and the fifty years since 1968 have seen the appearance of radically new gendered forms of revolutionary subjectivity, politics and aesthetic practices.

Keynote lecture will be held by Dr Mererid Puw Davies, Senior Lecturer in German Studies, UCL, and author of: Writing and the West German Protest Movements: The Textual Revolution (2017)

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building