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X-Post H-France <email@example.com> Conference on May 68: Forty Years On Call for Papers From their very inception the events of May 68 in France gave rise to a massive body of polemical literature - by sociologists, politicians, scientist, philosophers, and cultural commentators. Indeed 68 has been described as an 'interpretation in search of an event'. The battle over the meanings of 68 is also a battle to claim or to contest the legacy. For some the 'Events' are the precursor of the hedonistic individualism of 1980s neo-liberal capitalism; for others, on the contrary, they offer a model of egalitarian and collective action which challenges that model. The French Socialist Party in the 1970s owed it success partly to its capacity to embody some of the aspirations of the 68 generation; in 2004 the same party, preparing its project for the forthcoming presidential elections, has suggested the need for a 'nÚcÚssaire correction de trajectoire' in relation to the heritage of 1968. What is striking, however, is how little serious historical research has been undertaken on the Events of May, and how much of the experience 68 remains unexplored. For example, we know much more about Paris than the provinces, much more about the activism of students than of the workers, much more about men than women, much more about the experience of the French than the experience of immigrants and racial minorities. Forty years later provides an opportunity to open up new areas of research, and share the result of research which has already been undertaken. To discuss these issues, Professor Julian Jackson (University of London) (firstname.lastname@example.org), Professor James Williams (University of London) (email@example.com), and Dr Anna-Louise Milne (University of London in Paris) (Al.Milne@ulip.lon.ac.uk) are organising a two day conference on the events of May 68 in France to be held at the University of London in Paris (ULIP - formerly the British Institute in Paris) on 25 and 26 of April 2008. The intention is that the conference would be organised a series of workshops sessions without keynote speakers or plenary sessions in order to maximise the possibility of debate and discussion. Papers will be delivered either in French or English, and would be expected to be about 30 minutes in length. We are intending that the proceedings will be published by an English language publisher in the course of 2009. Deadline for the submission of proposals for papers will be 30 November 2006. We would welcome contributions on any aspect of the events, their precursors and their legacy. For example: a.. May 68 outside Paris b.. May 68 in the factories c.. The forms of State repression: the police, the reaction of the Gaullist authorities d.. Gauchiste movements: LCR, GP, the new Left, etc e.. Visual culture: art, collective cinema, posters, etc f.. Sexual politics: MLF, FHAR g.. Youth cultures h.. Immigrants and immigrant politics i.. The political parties and 68 (in particular the PCF). j.. The impact of 68 outside France and the impact of the outside world on France k.. The intellectual precursors of 68 and the intellectual and political legacies Please send proposals or queries to Professor Julian Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org