Contacts :
Propositions :

Giulia Fabbiano :
Malika Rahal :

1962, A World

14-16 October 2012
Oran, Algeria

1962 is one of the crucial turning points of the “(20th) century of
extremes.” It evokes multiple stories: Algeria’s liberation from colonial
domination and its proclamation of independence; the end of French Algeria
and the construction of a postcolonial republic in France; the seeming
decline of empires and the forward march – as yet an unfulfilled reverie -
toward a different and more equitable world. The symbolic and exemplary
resonance of Algeria’s independence, whether as realm of memory or
crucible of identities, escapes the limits of either Algerian or French
history. Historians of the Algerian War for Independence have situated
1962 in a narrative that includes such markers as the opening shots of the
war for liberation (1954-1955), the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954), the
Bandung Conference (1955), Moroccan and Tunisian independence (1956), the
independence of other African states (1957-1960), and the Conference of
Casablanca (1961). 1962, that is, has often been viewed over the last
fifty years as a stage on which the closing shots of French colonial
history flickered out; it must also be recognized as the opening nights of
a new staging of (inter)national realities, made possible by the struggle
over Algeria’s decolonization. 1962, for example, can be understood as a
historical and anthropological turning point for the many political,
cultural, artistic and social movements that, starting from the Maghreb
and elsewhere in Africa, defined the 1960s, 1970s, and after. These
movements, whether third-worldist, pan-Africanist, socialist, feminist, or
youthful, produced emancipatory stories that interwove visual and folk
art, literature, and new medias. Taking off from the margins, they created
a rhyzomatic universe that arcs beyond nations and that has yet to be

The interdisciplinary colloquium “1962, A World,” – which will take place
in Oran, in Algeria, October 14-16, 2012 – aims to analyze and describe
1962 as a matrix of events; stories and histories; as a system of multiple
and antagonistic meanings. In other words, making visible ignored links,
contradictions, and repetitions, tensions, touchy subjects, avatars of
1962 perceived as a world.

What has 1962 as event produced? What are its limits? What are its
chronologies, its historical impact, and its current importance? What
resonance has 1962 had beyond the Algero-French relationship, in the past
and the present? The methodological and epistemological premises of this
colloquium are to bring into focus these multiple (often quite distinct)
visions and to trace the bifurcations that 1962 produced, shaped, or
rearticulated. We aim to trace the genealogy of 1962 as a World and to map
the sometimes problematic yet often fecund intersections and
superimpositions it produces.

This call for papers is addressed to people working in diverse disciplines
as well as interdisciplinary approaches (history, sociology, anthropology,
postcolonial studies, cultural studies, the history of visual and
audiovisual arts) who want to present advanced, exploratory or preliminary
research, studies that bring ethnographic or discursive interests to bear
on what 1962 produced, or efforts to draw links that include it. We
welcome diverse forms and means of communication: talks, posters,

Proposal can be linked to one or more of the themes outlined below, but
these are meant to suggest rather than limit; proposals linked to other
themes are welcomed.

The organizers are particularly interested in proposals from doctoral
students or younger scholars affiliated with universities or research
centers located in the Global South. We are exploring ways to finance
(transportation and housing) such participants.

Proposal should be under 300 words and must be accompanied by the
following elements:
-Title of the communication
-Name(s) of Communicant(s)
-Three (3) key words
-Institutional membership (status and affiliation)
-Contact information: postal address, country of residence, email
-mini-CV (relevant publications, other contributions,
academic, professional, and/or other activities)

Proposal should be sent to before 15 April 2012
(we will notify those accepted by May 2012). Registration fees (35Eu for
doctoral students and post-docs, and 60Eu for researchers) will go towards
the travel costs of doctoral students and junior researchers.