Welcome to the website for the international conference « Stonewall at 50 and beyond: Interrogating the Legacy and Memory of the 1969 Riots», organized by the research group IMAGER EA 3958 from the Université Paris Est Créteil and the research group IRSSO UMR 7170 from the Université Paris-Dauphine.

In the night of June 27, 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar on Christopher Street in New York, refuse to endure yet another occurrence of the police harassment they routinely faced. For five days and nights, the neighborhood was the scene of a confrontation between rioters and the police. In the following weeks and months, this upsurge reinforced emerging liberation movements that coalesced into a diverse political force. The vents were celebrated the following year and have since generally been presented as “the birth of the gay liberation movement” that is commemorated in today’s yearly LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) pride marches.

On the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, this conference aims to shed critical light on this major event and its effects on the development of LGBTQ mobilizations. It seeks to investigate the processes of memorialization, as well as the political legacy and the cultural and activist representations of Stonewall.The program will include presentations from academics and LGBTQ+ activists to enable thoughts and discussions.

You will find the Call for Papers here and the link to send your proposal here.

The conference will take place at the universities of Paris-Est Créteil and Paris-Dauphine, France, on June 3rd–5th, 2019. The conference is open to all, please sign up by clicking on the "Registration" tab and following the instructions. 


Keynote speakers:

Mignon Moore, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, Barnard College (United States), author of Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women (U. of California P., 2011). 

Marc Stein, Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, San Francisco State University (United States), author of Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement(Routledge, 2012).


The conference will be interpreted in French and in English.





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