Conference and Related Events

The conference is open to the public. To reserve seating for the conference please email Include your full name and the days you will be attending. Reserved seating lists will be honoured between 8:45am and 9am on May 1-2 and 11:30-11:45am on May 7th. All reserved seats will be released promptly at 9am on May 1-2 and 11:45am on May 7th. There is a $10 fee to attend the conference. Students attend free with valid ID.

Conference: May 1-2 and May 7, 2010
Lillooet Room, I.K. Barber Learning Centre , #301-1961 East Mall on the UBC Campus. A two-minute walk from the main UBC bus loop (for directions click here ).

Conference reception and exhibition vernissage: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, May 1, 5:30-7:00pm


Related Events:

  • Film screening: Jean-Luc Goddard's A Bout de Souffle (1960) and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) double-bill in original 35 mm format, Pacific Cinematheque, (May 2 - 3, 2010, 7:00pm)
  • Exhibition: "Breathless Days 1959 - 1960: A Chronotropic Experiment" , Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (April 16 - June 2, 2010)
  • Concert at the Belkin Art Gallery 2 pm, Friday, April 23. UBC Contemporary Players present works by John Cage, Hugh Le Caine, Gyorgy Ligeti, Barbara Pentland, and La Monte Young

  • Conversations at the Belkin Art Gallery 12 - 1 pm, Wednesdays: April 28: Architecture & Film, Sherry McKay & Carlo Testa; May 12: Jazz & Poetry, David Metzner & Fred Wah

Previous Events:

  • Colloquium with two lectures and seminars by distinguished French scholars (November 23, 2009). Richard Leeman (University of Bordeaux, former director of the Institut Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Art, Paris) presented "The Young and the Old." Ludovic Tournes (Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre) presented "High or Low Culture? The End of the Fifties and the Legitimation of Jazz in France".

  • Summer 2009: Research Workshop "A Bout de Souffle" Fondation Hartung Bergman.
  • From the website: "Il nous semble important de réunir maintenant ceux qui dernièrement et internationalement ont pioché sur des terrains en friche, qui ont étudié des faces cachées de cultures dominantes et dominées afin de permettre une compréhension plus sophistiquée des enjeux culturels qui secouaient l'occident alors qu'éclatait la guerre froide. Des historiens d'art, sociologues et politologues participeront à cette remise en place. Plusieurs conférences publiques suivies de séminaires sont prévus dans sifférents endroits (Antibes, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles et Vancouver) afin de couvrir sous divers angles les enjeux débattus dans la culture et l'art des années d'après guerre en concentrant plus particulièrement les débats sur la fin des années 50 et début des années 60 alors que la nouvelle société de consommation s'installait à des degrès divers dans le monde occidental sous la peur constante d'une nouvelle guerre, cette fois atomique."

  • Summer 2008: Preparatory Workshop, Fondation Hartung Bergman.

Organized by Professors Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian with Carla Benzan and Aldona Dziedziejko in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, University of British Columbia. For more information please email

The conference organizers thank the following donors for their support: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences; the Consulate General of France in Vancouver; the United States Consulate General in Vancouver; the Pacific Cinémathèque (; the Fondation Hartung Bergman. The following offices at the University of British Columbia have made contributions to the conference and its initiatives: the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts; the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory; the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic; the Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund, Office of the Vice President Students; the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Department of French, Italian and Hispanic Studies; the Department of Theatre and Film. Regis Michel's visit is supported by the UBC Curatorial Lecture Series. The Series is organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Department of Anthropology, and supported by the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies and the Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia.