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Literature and the Arts since the 1960s: Protest, Identity and the Imagination

Relational Forms IV

Literature and the Arts since the 1960s: Protest, Identity and the Imagination

15-17 November 2018

an international conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Porto, Portugal


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Edna Longley | Manuel Portela | Martin Halliwell | Michael Longley


1968 is a momentous year in the global socio-political memory: it has come to be seen as the culmination and epitome of a series of processes involving protest, and the affirmation of previously silent or subaltern causes. Such processes and causes were predicated on challenges to established powers and mindsets, and hence on demands for change, that have had rich consequences in literature and the arts. This conference proposes to address this imaginative wake of the rebellious late 1960s, with a particular but not exclusive focus on word-and-image relations. Of the various strands of socio-political memory associated with the period that this conference is designed to commemorate and ponder, some attention will be given to the developments marking the beginnings (c1968) but also the proclaimed end (1998) of the Northern Irish Troubles. This particular instance of legacies of violent conflict but also fraught peacemaking will be interrogated at a juncture in European history in which national and regional identities are in various ways on the frontline of political discussion once more, with consequences and outcomes that remain unclear.

In sum: the conference avails itself of a commemorative design to consider the impact on literature and the arts of a much mythologized historical period. We want to showcase and discuss the impact of its defining causes, hopes and regrets on the creative imagination, preferably from a comparatist perspective. As indicated by the number in its title, this conference is the fourth in a series of academic events that reflect the ongoing concerns of the eponymous research group (Relational Forms), based at CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies).


Deadline for registration: 15 October 2018

Registration Fee: 80 Euros

Student fee: 65 Euros

Registration details will be posted online in September 2018

All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.

More information available later at

Organised by the Relational Forms research area

Executive Committee:

Rui Carvalho Homem | Jorge Bastos da Silva | Miguel Ramalhete Gomes | Jorge Almeida e

Pinho | Márcia Lemos

For further queries please contact:

CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies

Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

Via Panorâmica, s/n

4150-564 PORTO


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