Lesbians In The 70s: Call For Proposals

In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

The 1970s was a period of intense excitement, change, activism, and activity for lesbians.  As lesbian feminism redefined what qualified as a “political issue” and challenged every assumption about gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and any other social category, lesbians of all kinds created cultural, social, political, economic, and regional organizations and networks. Lesbians created businesses; lesbians made and marketed music; lesbians played on softball teams; lesbians engaged in struggles for racial, social, and economic justice; lesbians made films; lesbians created womyn’s land.  Inspired by the massive social changes that were taking place, lesbians made new worlds for themselves and others.

In recognition of this momentous decade, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) will be holding a weekend-long event/conference/ festival of lesbian history, culture, arts, scholarship, discussion, and performance from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10th.  The event will call upon experience, memory, and scholarship to represent as fully as possible the broad and wide experience of lesbians during the 1970s.

We envision the conference embracing a variety of topics and formats, from intimate conversations to more formal presentations of original research, from roundtables to workshops to reminiscences (to mention just a few).

Possible presentation topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Official /unofficial/revisionist histories
  • What did lesbians in the 1970s think they could achieve?
  • How do we measure or judge those achievements?
  • Separatism
  • Softball
  • Lesbians in professional life
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Lesbian daughters
  • Consciousness raising groups
  • “Gay/Straight splits”
  • Lesbian ethnic/racial identities
  • Analyzing conflicts
  • Self-help/DIY movements
  • Lesbians and the law (as lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants, lawbreakers..)
  • Lesbian erotics
  • Racism and antiracism
  • Regional identities
  • Intersections with other movements
  • Lesbian places and spaces
  • The personal and the political
  • Lesbians in the women’s health movement
  • Class and class consciousness
  • Underground lesbian movements
  • Lesbian bars
  • “Women’s music” and lesbian experience
  • “Political lesbians”
  • Nonpolitical lesbians
  • Small-town/rural lesbian communities
  • Pioneers
  • Lesbian arts/music/theater (including record labels, music festivals, theater companies etc)
  • Lesbian publishing and journalism
  • Lesbian land
  • The legacies of lesbian feminism

We welcome contributions from inside and outside the U.S.  Please send a proposal of no more than 500 words, detailing the topic that you would like to cover, the format in which you will present your topic, ie. individual paper/presentation, discussion forum, workshop, performance, exhibition, panel, etc.  Include a short bios of key participants,

including yourself, and send by MARCH 15th to 70slesbians@gmail.com.


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