Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (CFP issue 2015). Abstracts due November 15, 2013.

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Dr. Carolina Rocha / Dr. Cacilda Rêgo

Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (CFP issue 2015)

Around the world, the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s were years of intense political confrontations shaped by the Cold War events. The United States faced the antagonism of the Soviet Union and became more involved in Vietnam. Domestically, these were the years of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society plan that aimed to combat socio-economic inequalities, and the civil rights movements that hoped to effectively end discrimination against African Americans. Culturally, this period saw the emergence of a counterculture movement in music and film. A general disenchantment impacted cinematic production in the US and a new filmic genre—the road movies—captured the zeitgeist of those years by depicting characters who resisted conformism. In Latin America the death of Che Guevara marked the end of the euphoria that had swayed the Latin American Left since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959. The spirit of disillusionment also touched Europe where in May and June 1968, student protests led to the biggest strike in the history of French labor. A similar concern mobilized Mexican students who protested in the Square of Three Cultures in October 1968, many of whom were massacred in an infamous event. Within this context, we invite submissions for a special number of Studies in Latin American Popular Culture that will be devoted to the films, music, comics, popular literature of the 1960s and 1970s. Interested colleagues should send a 150-word abstract and a 100-word vita to Dr. Cacilda Rêgo at and/or Dr. Carolina Rocha at by November 15, 2013. Decisions about accepted abstract will be emailed by November 25, 2013. Complete articles will be due February 15, 2014.