Conference: 1968 and all that
An excellent looking international conference and bookfair will be held 'to celebrate the hopes and dreams of May 1968 forty years after' in London on May 10 this year. The eyewitness accounts promised from around the world look great, and among the intriguing looking talks so far proposed include Sheila Rowbottom on the personal and the political in 1968, John Molyneux on art and politics and Ian Birchall on Working Class Power. 'Most of what is said about 1968 tends to focus on students, posters, graffiti, situationism etc. Ian Birchall will argue that what mattered was the working class, the general strike and the factory occupations. All the rest is froth. He will explore his belief that the Situationist International played no role whatsoever in 1968 and is a myth invented subsequently.' Sounds quality, if a tad provocative.