Call for Papers: “Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective”

An interdisciplinary symposium on the global events of 1968.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Where: The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Keynote Speaker: David Danaher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), author of Reading Vaclav Havel (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

The University of Arizona invites abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the global events of 1968 (including literature, film, theatre, music, the visual arts, politics, history, sociology, etc.). Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged.

Supported by the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities, Department of French & Italian, and Department of Russian & Slavic Studies, the symposium “The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective” seeks to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines and perspectives on the 50th anniversary of the important global events of 1968. The one-day symposium is book-ended by keynote speakers and organized into three panels; each panel will be organized around a particular theme (i.e., “Roots,” “Media, Performance & the Arts,” “Legacies,” etc.) rather than by country, in order to better explore issues connected with 1968 that are common around the globe and across cultural lines.

For those already in the Tucson area, three free film screenings will be held in the days preceding and following the symposium.

To present a paper at the symposium, please submit the following:

1. Author’s contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email)
2. Paper title
3. 250-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)

Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2018

Please send proposals by email to Benjamin Jens at

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