CFP – 1968 in the Americas Conference


The call for papers is now open for the 1968 in the Americas Conference, which will take place on June 21 and 22, 2018.

“1968 in the Americas: Impact, Legacies and Memory”

June 21-22, 2018

Institute of the Americas, University College London

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 12, 2018

Focusing on the experience of the Americas, and in light of the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, this conference analyses the impact, legacies and memories of that exceptional year. 1968 witnessed a number of dramatic events in the Americas: militant student activism in Mexico City, Kingston, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and New York; violent protests against the Vietnam war and racial discrimination in the US; the ‘Rodney riots’ in Jamaica and the emergence of a Caribbean Black Power movement; feminist protests and the rise of women’s liberation; the election of Pierre Trudeau and the growth of Quebec separatism in Canada; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and the election of Richard Nixon in the US; the installation of the Government of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Peru; and the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City on the eve of the 1968 Olympics, where US athletes Tommy Smith and John Carlos took the Black Power salute. 1968 also produced a number of cultural landmarks in the Americas, from the emergence of tropicalismo in Brazil, to the Black Writers Congress in Montreal, and the Cultural Congress in Havana, the latter bringing together such intellectual luminaries as C.L.R. James, Aimé Césaire, and Julio Cortázar. Read more here.

Please submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) and short bio (maximum 150 words) to Kate Quinn on by 12 January 2018.

Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

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