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The Centre for Women's Studies

University of York

invites you to a one day interdisciplinary conference

Remembered          Lived       Mythic         Politicised        Forgotten        Nostalgic
Desired          Ironic            Gendered       Rewritten        Imagined

27 April 2002

We seek papers, workshops and other presentations that address questions about ‘the seventies’, that long decade around the 1970s

While the conference will focus particularly on UK and wider European experiences, we also welcome contributions from further afield. What were the feminist seventies? What happened? What was achieved? What was the spirit of the Women’s Liberation Movement? How did class, sexuality, race and dis/ability mediate women’s relationship to ideas of liberation? Was there a provincial, as distinct from a metropolitan, experience? How did the WLM touch women’s lives? What did it mean to be a woman living at the time but not involved? What impact did notions of empowerment and consciousness-raising have on women’s lives? How were television, film and fiction negotiating with WLM ideas? What was the political environment? How did social trends change? What kind of pressures did different women have to face? What sorts of popular culture sum up the seventies zeitgeist?

One strong theme will be a concern with the legacies of ‘the seventies’. How can the seventies be re-read? What role does ‘the seventies’ play in contemporary feminist identities? Who has access to the feminist seventies myth? Is experience privileged? How do older feminists engage with ‘the seventies’? How do women who identified as feminists later in life relate to ‘the seventies’? How do younger feminists relate to ‘the seventies’? What does ‘the seventies’ mean in the context of third wave feminism? What does ‘the seventies’ mean to Women’s Studies? Can ‘the seventies’ offer any way forward for the future of feminism?

Send abstracts of 300 words by 30 October 2001 to:
Seventies Conference (abstracts), Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, YORK, YO10 5DD email:

Contributions welcome from everyone who would like an opportunity for their work on ‘the seventies’ to be opened up, challenged and developed. If you would like to discuss an idea for a presentation before submitting an abstract, please contact us at the above address.