The First World War: Local Global and Imperial Perspectives

Call for papers

Start Date Sunday, 24 August 2014, 09:00 am
End Date Sunday, 31 August 2014, 05:00 pm

The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives

SECOND CALL - Proposals, including a title, abstract (200–250 words), institutional affiliation and a brief professional biography, should be submitted by email to Matthew Lewis by 31 August 2014.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, and more specifically the 100th anniversary of the allied landings at Gallipoli, the University of Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence will host a two-day conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle, on 26 - 27 March 2015.

As a rejoinder to the customary hubris of national commemorations, and in recognition of a number of developing trends in the field of First World War studies, the event seeks to refocus discussion of this monumental episode in world history; to move beyond the well-worn nation-centric narratives, and to instead promote a greater appreciation of the conflict's often elided local, global and imperial contexts. 

We welcome proposals for papers on all topics appropriate to this broad theme.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) 

  • Marginal voices (e.g. Indigenous troops, women, non-combatant labourers) 
  • Transnational and comparative perspectives 
  • Dissent and division on the home front 
  • Legacy, memory and commemoration 
  • Representation in film, television, literature and interactive media 
  • Historians and key texts 
  • Teaching the First World War: implications for teachers and the school curriculum

A selection of the papers presented at the event will subsequently be compiled with a view to publication.

Location 2015 conference will be held at Crowne Plaza, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
RSVP Sunday, 31 August 2014