Conference: First World War

Event Name Conference: First World War
Start Date 25 Mar 2015 9:00 am
End Date 27 Mar 2015 5:00 pm
Duration 2 days and 8 hours

Hosted by the Centre for the History of Violence and the School of Humanities and Social Science, The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives conference will mark the centenary of the First World War, and more specifically the 100th anniversary of the allied landings at Gallipoli.Register now for the First World War conference

This conference will appeal to anyone with an interest in war and society including social and cultural history, literature, the creative arts (art, photography, film, sound), gender studies, Aboriginal studies, and teacher education.

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

Professor Keith Jeffery, Queen's University Belfast 

As part of the conference, Professor Keith Jeffery MRIA (Member of the Royal Irish Academy), from Queen's University, Belfast, will deliver the John Turner Memorial lecture on Wednesday 25 March, 2015. Professor Jeffery's lecture is titled Global Perspectives on 1916. Members of the public are welcome to attend this event. 

Professor Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne

Professor Joy Damousi, a professor of history at the University of Melbourne, will present – Hell Sounds: A transnational history of sound and the Great War.

Dr Jenny Macleod, University of Hull

Dr Jenny Macleod, a lecturer in 20th Century history from the University of Hull, UK, will present – Anzac Day and Britishness 1916-39: a transnational analysis.

Download First World War Conference program (PDF, 247KB) to see timetable information and topic abstracts.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.