An Interdisciplinary Conference        
at the University of Texas at Austin
October 10th-12th, 2008

SOME POSSIBLE TOPICS  


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Flashpoints

  • Paris Uprisings
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Prague Spring
  • Berkeley Sit-ins
  • Columbia Strike
  • Stonewall Riots
  • Vietnam
  • Decolonization of Africa
  • 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Tlatelolco Massacre
  • South Asia
  • Induction centers and draft
  • Oak Room sit-in
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Political assassinations
  • Freedom Riders
  • Engagement of students and writers
  • The Jewish 1960s
  • 1968 and Youth movement in Turkey

Players

  • Martin Luther King
  • Students for a Democratic Society
  • Red Army Faction(s)
  • Peasants' movements
  • Hanoi Jane
  • Che Guevara
  • Student/labor/peasant alliances or conflicts
  • Marcuse versus Ronald Reagan
  • Chicago 7
  • Abbie Hoffman
  • J. Edgar Hoover and domestic surveillance
  • Weather Underground
  • Red diaper babies
  • Eldridge Cleaver
  • Black Panthers
  • Thomas Merton
  • "The Sisterhood": Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Tilly Olsen,
    Germaine Greer and other second-wave feminists

Artistic Responses

  • Situationist International
  • Cinema Novo
  • Music (protest and otherwise)
  • Folk singers/ folk song
  • Free Jazz
  • Agitprop theater
  • Black Prison writing
  • The Rag
  • Students and writers
  • Memoirs, films, and documentaries

1968 in Theory

  • 1968 in collective imaginaries
  • (The) Cultural Revolution(s)
  • Global simultaneity: cross-cultural resonances
  • Emergent and ongoing feminist projects
  • Liberation Theology
  • Defining liberation then and now
  • Nation-states and 1968
  • Organized labor and liberation
  • "The Revolution will not be televised"
  • Socialism then and today
  • Military and Political Violence