Keynote 1: Jean-Philippe Warren, “Global trends, local unfolding: the British 1960s, the French May ’68, the American Civil Rights Movement, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution”
Thursday, November 2
6:15 PM–7:00 PM
Location: Institute of LightSpeaker/performer: Jean-Philippe Warren
Jean-Philippe Warren (Concordia University) “Global trends, local unfolding: the British 1960s, the French May ’68, the American Civil Rights Movement, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution”
The 1960s can be situated on the horizon of a global wave affecting Western societies in the aftermath of WW2: the democratization of higher education, the rise of the consumer society, the Glorious Thirties, etc. However, these profound changes had specific repercussions depending on the national context, so that one can contrast the historical experiences of the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Quebec to measure the degree to which the “Sixties” were, indeed, a universal phenomenon. How did the decade lead to singular appropriations? What were the principal adaptations, interpretations and translations? By comparing Quebec with other Western societies, it is possible to shed light on a multifaceted and complex historical period that has had enduring influence on its cultural, intellectual, and social development.