Conference on 1968

Karl Slinkard (
Tue, 01 Dec 1998 09:23:01 -0800

To All:

My apologies for the lateness of this announcement, but I just received it
myself. I think many of this list serve would be interested>

Karl Slinkard


Announcing an important campus event:

1968: Events and Legacies
Alumni House, UC Berkeley
December 4-5, 1998

THIS YEAR marks the 30th anniversary of the 1968 events -- the wave
of protests, strikes, and cultural movements that shook the
industrial democracies to their foundation a generation ago. "1968:
Events and Legacies" is the first in a series of three major
conferences, over three years, on the theme of "Global Democracies:
Politics and Culture since 1968," being planned jointly by the Center
for Japanese studies at UC Berkeley, the Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (Paris), and the Institute for Sociocultural
Communication (University of Tokyo). The purpose of the series is to
reflect analytically on the 1968 events from an international and
comparative perspective, something that is not done enough and
certainly not including a full consideration of Japan. Subsequent
conferences are planned for Tokyo (1999) to discuss "1968 and the
Crisis of Modernization," and Paris (2000) to examine the links
between 1968 and the disintegration of the "second" -- socialist --

The Berkeley meeting, scheduled for December 4-5, 1998, at Alumni
House on the UC campus, will bring together nearly twenty scholars
from France, Japan, and the United States (including some
participants in the events themselves) to assess "1968" as a
historical event -- to retrace its causes and course -- but to do so
in terms of the fate and consequences of its ideas for the workings
of democracy today.

For further information on the conference, please contact Professor
Andrew Barshay, Center for Japanese Studies, at (510)642-3156 or via


FILM SERIES: In conjunction with the December conference, the Pacific
Film Archive at the University Art Museum (2625 Durant Avenue,
Berkeley) will be screening three films:

Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 pm
GRIN WITHOUT A CAT, by Chris Marker ("THE film on '68")
Friday, December 4, 7:00 pm
NIGHT AND FOG IN JAPAN, by Nagisa Oshima (a rare opportunity)
Friday, December 4, 9:05 pm

For further information on the films, please see the November
December issue of the Berkeley Art Museum/PFA magazine (p.17), or
call (510)642-1412. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling 642-
5249. The conference organizers are grateful to PFA for their
cooperation in bring this event about.



Friday, December 4

9-10:30 am


Herve HAMON (Author and Literary Adviser, Editions du Seuil)
"The Fiction of Revolution"

Mitsunobu SUGIYAMA
"The Sixties and Japan"

David FARBER (University of New Mexico)
"Democratic Subjects in the American 1960s: National Politics
and Cultural Authenticity"

10:45 am - 1:00 pm

The Crisis of Higher Education

Yo TAKEUCHI (Kyoto University)
"The Student Uprisings of the late 1960s and early 1970s and the
Decline of Elite Student Culture in Japan"

Ann SMOCK (University of California Berkeley)
"Education, Ignorance, and the Generation of the 1960s: Jean-
Claude Milner's Analysis of French Culture in this Century"

Christian BAUDELOT (Ecole Normale Superieure)
"Much Ado about Nothing? '68 and Higher Education in France"

Waldo MARTIN (University of California, Berkeley)
"Third Worldism, the University, and the Search for Democracy in
the U.S.: The Cases of San Francisco State and UC Berkeley"

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Social Movements

Rebecca KLATCH (University of California, San Diego)
"The Convergence of Left and Right during the late 1960s"

Akira KURIHARA (Rikkyo University)
"Civil Society and Social Movements in Modern Japan"

Wesley SASAKI-UEMURA (University of Utah)
"Legacies of the 1960 ANPO (U.S.-Japan Security Treaty) Protests
for 1968"

4:00-5:00 pm

Open Session

Saturday, December 5

9:00-11:00 am

Gender, Sexuality, Family

Michael LUCEY (University of California, Berkeley)
"Sexuality, Civil Society, and the Heritage of May 1968:
Christiane Rochefort's 'Printemps au Parking'"

Ruth ROSEN (University of California, Davis)
"The Hidden Injuries of Sex: 1968 through the Eyes of Women"

Andre BURGUIERE (Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
"May 1968: Crisis in the Relations between Generations? Crisis
in the Relations between Sexes?"

Francoise PICQ (Paris-Dauphine)
"One Man out of Two: Gender and Democracy in France"

1:00 - 3:15 pm

Technology, Consumption and the critique of Capitalism

Guy YASKO (McGill University)
"The Japanese Student Movement and the Eclipse of Marxism"

Jean-Francois SABOURET (Centre National de la Recherche
"Consumer Society: Ally or Enemy of Democracy"

Andrew FEENBERG (California State University, San Diego)
"Two Anti-Technocratic Themes in the May Events"

Sanjung KANG (Tokyo University)
"1968 and Post-Contemporary Globalization"

Jean-Marie APOTOLIDES (Stanford University)
"From Producers to Consumers: Heroism and Victimization in '68"

3:30 - 5:00 pm

1968 and Democracy: An Attempt at Synthesis

Panel Discussion