WOUNDED GALAXIES / 1968: Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach
Festival + Symposium
Feb 8-10, 2018
Call for Papers
The Sixties were a turbulent period, characterized by major revolutions in scholarship, politics, culture and the arts. Indiana University, in conjunction with The Burroughs Century, plans an academic symposium welcoming scholars, archivists, filmmakers, and others interested in exploring the intellectual and aesthetic legacy of 1968, during its 50th anniversary year. The conference will be held on the beautiful Bloomington, Indiana campus and will be hosted by Indiana University’s Media School; the Indiana University Libraries (including the Lilly Library and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive); and Indiana University Cinema, which has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its facilities and programming.
Accompanying the symposium will be a series of films and an exhibition featuring rare and unique items from the IU Library collection. Renowned scholars such as Greil Marcus McKenzie Wark, and, possibly, Penelope Rosemont are expected to give talks, introduce films, and appear in Q&A sessions following screenings.
In addition, we are planning an art exhibit, as well as series of experimental music performances and spoken word presentations, in keeping with the larger theme of radical aesthetics. We plan to publish the conference proceedings.
Interested participants are invited to submit paper proposals on any aspect of the international history and cultural legacy of 1968. Papers need not be limited to any particular critical, theoretical, historical, or political subject or method. We hope to receive proposals that deal with previously unexplored issues, but we are also interested in proposals that offer fresh approaches to much-discussed work. As the symposium title suggests, we are using the Situationists as a point of departure and particularly welcome presentations that consider the revolutionary potential of the Everyday—in both historical and contemporary situations.
But we are happy to consider any proposals that address the historical legacy of 1968, and welcome submissions that attempt to trace the legacy of 68 in contemporary art and culture.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
history and historiography of 1968; the post-1968 generation and terrorism; post ’68 science fiction; anthropology and the Situationists; architecture after ’68; counter/sub-cultures after ’68; literature and literary theory; The Annales school and radical shifts in historiography; Marshall McLuhan and the electronic revolution; The history and legacy of the Black Panther Party; Chicago 1968; The International Student Movement(s); Revolution and the University;Prague Spring – experimental & avant-garde art, film, literature & music made during this period of freedom; the avant-garde going underground during Normalization; lingering impacts of Prague Spring on experimental & avant-garde art/music/lit/etc.; Surrealisms outside France – the internationalization of surrealism that happened in the late-60s onward (U.S., African surrealisms, Poland’s “Orange Alternative”, etc.); Neo-Dada and Fluxus; French New Wave cinema and its response to the events of Mai; Third Cinema(s); East vs. West perspectives: pro-socialist avant-gardes in the West Europe versus anti-socialist avant-gardes in East Europe
Proposals should be limited to 300 words in length and consist of a brief description of the paper’s theme or focus, plus a one-page vita. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or for sessions featuring two or three panelists. Proposals for panels should be submitted as a group by the organizer, along with a short explanation of the unifying theme. In addition, each panel proposal should consist of individual paper descriptions (limited to 300 words in length), names of panelists and their vitae.
Please email your proposals to Joan Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 1, 2017. The Symposium Program Committee will evaluate all submissions and notify all candidates of the results by Aug 1, 2017. We look forward to your proposals, and to celebrating/reevaluating the legacy of international political and aesthetic upheaval.
If you are heading to the American Association of Geographers, make sure to stop by our Urban Cultural Studies interactive Short Paper Session with 11 different presenters.
Interactive Short Paper Session:
2201 Urban Cultural Studies is scheduled on Thursday, 4/6/2017, from 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Room 101, Hynes, Plaza Level
10:00 AM Introduction: Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University, Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and Co-Editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series
10:05 AM Author(s): *Gillian C. Rose, Prof – The Open University
Abstract Title: Digital/visual/urban
10:10 AM Author(s): *Andrew C Rajca – University of South Carolina
Abstract Title: Imagined Spatial Aesthetics and Everyday Life in São Paulo in Lina Chamie’s A via láctea
10:15 AM Author(s): *Phillipa Gardner – University of Sheffield
Abstract Title: Remaking the Museum, Reshaping the City
10:20 AM Author(s): *Sinead Petrasek –
Abstract Title: “Allied with the Antimaravilla: Arts-based Community Practices and Resistance to Authorized Heritage Discourse in Quito, Ecuador”
10:25 AM Author(s): *Juan Pablo Melo – Stanford University
Abstract Title: Building the Abstract Public Sphere: Enrique Peñalosa’s Urbanism and the Production of Space in Bogotá
10:30 AM Author(s): *Allison Huetz – University of Geneva
Abstract Title: Fairground attractions and Amusements Parks in Geneva (1890-1914). Picturing the world, creating Weltstadt
10:35 AM Author(s): *Adam D. Morton – University of Sydney
Abstract Title: Spatial Serge: The Urban Revolution in Victor Serge
10:40 AM Author(s): *Nino Lannes Bozzetti Navarro –
Abstract Title: London’s literary landscapes: urban tensions in Zadie Smith’s NW
10:45 AM Author(s): *Pablo Sendra – University College London
Abstract Title: Representation of London’s Modernist Estates in Films: Communities and their Neighbourhoods as Movie Sets.
10:50 AM Author(s): *Agustin Arosteguy – Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Abstract Title: The territory as a space for leisure
10:55 AM Author(s): *David L. Prytherch – Miami University
Abstract Title: Rendering a More “Complete Street:” Mobility Justice from Planning Discourse to Urban Design
11:00 AM Discussant: Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University
Session Description: The AAG session on Urban Cultural Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the culture(s) of cities.
In recent years, cities have been increasingly at the forefront of debate in both humanities and social science disciplines, but there has been relatively little real dialogue across these disciplinary boundaries. On the one hand, social science fields that use urban studies methods to look at life in cities rarely explore the cultural aspects of urban life in any depth or delve into close-readings of the representation of cities in individual novels, music albums/songs, graphic novels, films, videogames, online ‘virtual’ spaces, or other artistic and cultural products. On the other hand, while there is increasing discussion of urban topics and themes in the humanities, broadly considered, there are very few venues that are open to these new interdisciplinary directions of scholarship. Driven by a methodology that links urban geography and cultural studies work, this session features applied and theoretical papers focusing on urban spaces the world over.
Abstracts address both an individual city itself and also its cultural representation. The session foregrounds studies that achieve some balance between discussing an individual (or multiple) cultural/artistic product(s) in depth and also using one of many social-science (geographical, anthropological, sociological…) urban approaches to investigate a given city. Specific topics vary, but emphasis is placed on geo-humanities approaches and representational/spatial practices. This session is also linked to the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=225/) and its accompanying blog at urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com.
Cover Date: September 2016
While we received too many compelling applications to move forward with, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is pleased to announce that there are six new assistant editors serving on the journal for the 2017-2018 period:
Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
Juliana Luna Freire
Jasmine J. Mahmoud
Please keep an eye out for a self-introduction post by each in January 2017 to ring in the new year. We’re grateful to all for joining the team and we look forward to the energy they will bring to both the print/online journal and the blog!