Then and Now: 1968–2018 Conference

November 02, 2018

November 2–3, 10:00AM–5:30PM, SFU Vancouver

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Department of Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Department of History, School of CommunicationSFU Public Square, and the Lacan Salon

On the 50th anniversary of 1968, this conference will consider various aspects of “the Sixties” in the light of what has developed since considering how it affects our current situation and its prospects: from women’s liberation to contemporary feminism, indigenous politics then and now, the philosophical situation of the 1960s, changes in labour and labour politics, the role of SFU and Vancouver, from anti-psychiatry to contemporary therapies. The speakers will take up one of the strands of the politics and culture of the 1960s to illuminate contemporary concerns.


Taiaiake Alfred (Indigenous Governance, UVic)
Joan Sangster (Gender and Women’s Studies, Trent University)
Bryan Palmer (Canadian Studies, Trent University)
Jim Sinclair (Past President, BC Federation of Labour)
Carla Herrera Prats (Camel Collective, Mexico)
Anthony Graves (Camel Collective, Mexico)
Deidre Evans (Vancouver Community Mental Health Service)
Richard Ingram (Independent Scholar)
Hilda Fernandez (The Lacan Salon)
Lara Campbell (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, SFU)
Jerry Zaslove (Professor Emeritus, SFU)
Andrew Feenberg (Communication, SFU)
Ian Angus (Professor Emeritus, SFU)


Friday, 2 November, Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Room 320 (580 West Hastings Street)

  • 10.00 – 10.30 am: Welcome
  • 10.30 – 11.30 am: Bryan Palmer (Canadian Studies, Trent University), "The Audacity of Hope: Reflecting on the Meaning of 1968 in 2018" 
  • 11.40 – 12.40 pm: Jim Sinclair (Past President, BC Federation of Labour), "Politics, Picket Lines, Protest and Progress"
  • 12.40 – 2.00 pm: Lunch Break 
  • 2.00 – 3.00 pm: Joan Sangster (Gender and Women’s Studies, Trent University), "Feminists and the Utopian Re-imagining of Work, 1968 and after"
  • 3.10 – 4.10 pm: Ian Angus (Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University), "The Dissolution of Marxist Humanism"
  • 4.20 – 5.20 pm: Taiaiake Alfred (Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria), "From Red Power to Reconciliation 
  • 5.30 – 7.00 pm: Reception outside Room 320

Saturday, 3 November, Harbour Centre, Room 1700 (515 West Hastings Street) 

  • 10.30 – 11.30 am: Panel Discussion with Deidre Evans, Richard Ingram, and Hilda Fernandez, "Resistances against Dominant Psychiatric and Therapeutic Paradigms"
  • 11.40 – 12.40 am: Lara Campbell (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University), "Vancouver and Vietnam: Thinking Through the Global Politics of the Anti-War Movement in British Columbia"
  • 12.40 – 2.00 pm: Lunch Break 
  • 2.00 – 3.00 pm: Jerry Zaslove (Professor Emeritus English and Humanities; Simons Fellow Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University), "Simon Fraser & 1968: A Litmus Test for the Unpast, Some Personal Reflections"
  • 3.10 – 4.10 pm: Andrew Feenberg (Communication, Simon Fraser University), "1968 and the Struggle against Technocracy"
  • 4.20 – 5.20 pm: Carla Herrera Prats and Anthony Graves (Camel Collective, Mexico), Film and discussion: "The Distance from Pontresina to Zermatt Is the Same as the Distance from Zermatt to Pontresina" (film 26 minutes) 
  • 5.20 - 5.30 pm: Concluding Remarks
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