Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Mary Jane Dempsey/ University of Warwick through the Humanities Research Centre

Call for Papers

Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later

An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Warwick through the Humanities Research Centre

Keynote speakers: Professor Anne Etienne (UCC) and Professor Maud Anne Bracke (University of Glasgow)

Saturday, 19th May 2018


2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, when social unrest and desire to change the status quo struck the world. Our interdisciplinary conference, titled “Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later,” looks at this year and evaluates its lasting consequences, in both negative and positive senses.


The conference’s aim is twofold:

  • To demonstrate what happens when unacceptable discourses refuse to remain unacceptable on a global scale and social implications that follow accordingly.
  • To analyse 1968’s legacy and how social movements were manifested in different expressions, such as cultural production, policy and ontological understanding. Examples of such expressions were illustrated through theatre, the Civil Rights Act and pro-feminist demonstrations.


Paper proposals that address intend to showcase how social movements associated with 1968 impacted citizens’ lives on a transnational level. As a guide to submissions, we would ask that you consider the following questions:

  • How can this year’s impact be considered through a transnational lens?
  • Has this global movement been translated into social developments?
  • Do different disciplines demonstrate ways social movements can inspire change?


We welcome papers from all disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Gender studies
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy


Submissions should consist of an abstract (up to 300 words), including a title and a short biography. They are to be sent to Rebecca Infield and Mary Jane Dempsey at Hiddendiscourses1968@gmail.com by 31 January 2018. More information can be found at: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/1968/. Find us on twitter @1968Discourses.