Women in the Wake of May 68

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One of the largest mass movements in French history, May 68 represented the culmination of a rejection of the established moral order. This period of civil unrest is often considered the cultural, social, and moral turning point in postmodern society. While the events of May 68 have garnered much academic attention, there has been little discussion of how the event affected the status of French women in the following years, especially how this is represented in the culture-at-large in film, literature, philosophy, and the arts.

This one-day event will coincide with the 50th anniversary of May 68 and bring together Arts & Humanities postgraduate students and early career researchers from a variety of disciplines to share and discuss their research. Professor Margaret Atack, author of May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Representation, Rethinking Society, and Dr. Rakhee Balaram, whose forthcoming book Counterpractice: Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Art of ‘French Feminism’ examines art in post-May 68 France, will be the keynote speakers.


Panels will examine the impact of May 68 on women in film, art, literature, and female stardom. 

The conference is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required.

Please visit the website for more information, the programme and to book a place.


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Contact name: Elizabeth Miller
Contact email: elizabeth.miller@kcl.ac.uk
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Audience: Open to all