"In his introduction to 'The 1980s: An Internet Conference,' moderator Maurice Berger writes, 'As Fredric Jameson reminds us in his essay 'Periodizing the 1960s,' decades are never neat, clearly defined episodes. Their boundaries are porous, their roots long, their implications far-reaching, their stories, a jumble of events that historical orthodoxy all too easily erases, overestimates, or devalues. For the purposes of this conference, then, 'The 1980s' serves as an historical hook--a convenient means for focusing on a constellation of events, sensibilities, cultural objects, methodologies, and social movements that took form in the United States in the era roughly between the late-1970s and early-1990s.' Contributors include Berger, Alexander Alberro, George Baker, Judith Barry, Max Becher, Dan Cameron, C. Ondine Chavoya,Dorit Cypis, Karen Mary Davalos, RoseLee Goldberg, Mary Kelly, Wayne Koestenbaum, Simon Leung, Catherine Lord, Kathy O'Dell, Olu Oguibe, Wendy Perron, Andrea Robbins, David A. Ross, Irving Sandler, Lowery Stokes Sims, Franklin Sirmans, Michele Wallace, Oliver Wasow, Jonathan Weinberg, Linda Yablonsky." -- publisher's statement.