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

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

A two-day interdisciplinary conference, University of York

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018

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.

Questions the conference seeks to address include (but are not limited to):

 
·         How has gender, as it intersects with categories such as race, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability, shaped what counts as revolution and the revolutionary over this fifty-year period?; 

·         How are constructions and embodied experiences of revolutionary agency and subjectivity gendered?; 

·         What historical (dis)continuities exist in forms of cultural production around revolution and the revolutionary since 1968?; 

·         What is the significance of revolutionary textual/aesthetic practices and acts of what Marwan Kraidy has termed ‘creative insurgency’ (2016) in wider revolutionary projects? 
 

The conference does not hope to be exhaustive in covering this fifty-year period; rather we seek to employ a case-studies approach, taking in different historical moments and geographical contexts with the aim of critically rethinking how we theorise revolution and revolutionary practices from a gendered perspective.

We invite proposals for papers from diverse (inter)disciplinary contexts, including: Gender/Women’s Studies, English Literature, Modern Language Studies, Postcolonial Studies, History of Art, History, Political Science, International Relations, Drama/Theatre Studies, Philosophy.

Please email abstracts (of around 250 words) along with a short bio to Clare Bielby and Claire Chambers at: genderingrevolution@gmail.com by 28th February 2018.

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