The First World War Local Global and Imperial Perspectives Conference will be presented by the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle

The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives

This conference is currently calling for papers. The deadline is 30 June 2014. See more information about submitting a proposal.

26 to 27 March 2015

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 School of Humanities and Social Science and Centre for the History of Violence will host a two-day conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 

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.  

Guest speakers

  • Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne 
  • Keith Jeffery, Queen's University Belfast 
  • Jenny Macleod, University of Hull

Professor Keith Jeffery MRIA (Member of the Royal Irish Academy) will deliver the John Turner Memorial lecture on Wednesday 25 March, 2015. Professor Jeffery is based at Queen's University in Belfast. His topic is Global Perspectives on 1916.


We welcome proposals for papers on all topics appropriate to this broad theme. These might include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • 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.

Please note the conference change of date.