[Marxism] Call for Papers ”Before ’68: The Left, activism & social movements in the long 1960s”

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 18:30:08 MDT 2015

 Call for Conference Papers!!

 *Conference—”Before ’68: The Left, activism & social movements in the long

*Conference Dates: 13 and 14 February 2016*

*Venue: School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ,
UK and hosted by UEA School of History in conjunction with the journal
Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History (Chicago).*

The events of 1968, particularly those in France, have achieved a mythical
status in both the memory and the historiography of the 1960s. For some,
1968 marked the end-point of a realignment of the European ‘New Left’. For
others 1968 represented a student generation in revolt, and many of the
first accounts which sought to explain the history and meaning of ’68 were
written by that generation.

More recently historians have tried to demythologise ’68, looking both at
less ‘glamourous’ locales and at the deeper histories of anti-colonial
struggles and worker activism prior to the events of that year. The aim of
this conference is to explore the diverse histories of social activism and
left politics in Britain and elsewhere, and how they prepared the ground
for and fed into ‘1968’.

*Themes might include, but are not limited to:*

Anti-nuclear & peace movements
Civil Rights struggles
The Black Power movement
Anti-colonial politics
The activities of the Labour movement and the ‘traditional’ Left
The grassroots activism of the ‘New Left’
Far Left challenges: Trotskyism & Maoism
Campaigns around housing and the built environment
Campaigns around race and discrimination in the workplace and housing
Solidarity movements with struggles abroad (e.g. South Africa, Vietnam)
Campaigns for Homosexual Equality
Second Wave Feminism

We are seeking papers of 5,000 to 10,000 words on any aspects of left
activism and social movements in the period preceding 1968 to be presented
at the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of
the journal Socialist History. *Attendance at the conference will be free
of charge, but we ask that anyone wishing to attend registers in advance.*
Proposals for papers and any enquiries should be submitted to Ben Jones.

Email: b.jones5 at uea.ac.uk

Deadline for proposals for papers: 31 October 2015

Dr. William A. PELZ, Director

Institute of Working Class History

2335 W. Altgeld Street

Chicago, Illinois 60647-2001 USA

iwch at juno.com    www.iwch.info


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