The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political

Posted by jcm22 at Feb 26, 2018 12:20 PM |
On Friday 18 May 2018, this symposium concludes the three-day event which begins with a workshop on 4 May 2018 and is preceeded by the pre-symposium event on 17 May 2018.
The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political

Of the series “Cuerpo a cuerpo/El incendio y las vísperas”, Graciela Sacco - courtesy of the artist

Symposium - Friday, 18 May 2018 9am-7.30pm

This symposium is part of a three-day event which includes


The year 2018 marks half a century since the events of May 1968 shook the world, generating the establishment of interesting, if short-lived, synergies between different groups (industrial workers, students, academics, feminists). Underlying these partnerships was a shared understanding of the personal as political; a recognition that imagination and lived experience should play a role in shaping the political agenda, and that politics, in turn, had a direct and tangible impact on individuals’ everyday lives. Exploring these socio-political shifts, as well as key cultural responses to them, our events will examine manifestations of the personal as political in various artistic productions from Latin America over the past 50 years.

Papers will be presented by colleagues working on Latin American Studies in the Midlands and beyond, on a range of topics including:

  • The cultural legacy of the 1968 events in Latin America
  • Gender, the body, and its interplay with political discourses
  • The personal versus the collective
  • First person accounts/autobiographies and their connections to socio-political contexts
  • Narratives exploring the somatic effects of political change
  • The embodied dimension of memory and memory politics

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