The 1960s witnessed an explosion of cross-cultural fertilization in a time of world competition for the hegemony of two enduring “systems” – capitalism and socialism. As a moment when decolonization created immense possibilities for liberation movements throughout the world, the 1960s became the heyday of the “Second World” appeals to the newly decolonized societies of the “Third World,” as well as the reemergence of a European “First World” as a postwar consumer society in reaction to American hegemony. This was the moment when the “orderedness” of the three worlds was arguably the most prominent in popular discourse and culture, and a moment when that order was contested and destabilized. The purpose of this conference will be to use the Second World, the socialist societies of the 1960s, as the center from which to explore global interconnections and uncover new and perhaps surprising patterns of cultural cross-pollination. This forum will be structured around cities as the units of analysis, and it will focus on the arena of popular culture as played out in these city spaces. The core of the forum will be the socialist societies of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, but the forum would be enriched by participation from scholars who study other socialist societies.
We anticipate that the conference will result in a published volume, so submissions should be original work, not previously published. The conference organizers are Diane P. Koenker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anne E. Gorsuch, University of British Columbia (email@example.com). Please send proposed paper title and abstracts to each of the organizers by October 15, 2009. Proposals should indicate which of the conference themes the paper addresses, and the term “Sixties” or “1960s” should be explicit in the paper title. Selection of participants will be made by November 30, and conference papers should be submitted by April 1, 2010. The conference itself will be held on June 24-26, 2010.