CFP: Varieties of Experience: Views of the Two World Wars (10/1/07; e-journal issue)

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Varieties of Experience: Views of the Two World Wars

The study of narratives and representations of the two World Wars has long
been a subject of considerable scholarly interest. Experience acquired over
the course of a number of conferences and seminars in Caen (France) and
elsewhere leads us to believe that a number of colleagues would welcome an
extension of existing multi-disciplinary approaches to the subject as well
as contributions on those areas of experience and theatres of war that are,
perhaps, less often discussed in a Western European academic context.

We propose to widen the debate by
• Formalizing comparative exchanges on World War 1 and World War 2 in
subject areas such as propaganda, photography, art, poetry, fiction,
journalism, life-writing, women's experience, the home front, colonial
involvement etc. There is also much to be done in the comparative study of
the work of individuals who were actors/witnesses of both wars.
• Inviting wider comparisons in these areas by encouraging contributions
from scholars working on the two Wars in theatres other than Northern France
and Belgium and on perspectives brought to the Wars not only by Francophone
and English-speaking writers and artists, but also by those of other
cultures and nations involved in the conflicts. We would, for example,
welcome the contributions of specialists working on the Far East, the Middle
East, North Africa, the Balkans and Eastern and Southern Europe.
• Considering the manner in which belligerent and neutral governments
presented the Wars. We would like to examine the public's reaction to these
presentations, the motivations of the people who give their lives to the
cause of war and the way in which periods of tremendous human sacrifice are
related after the conflict.

Proposals, in English or in French (maximum one A4 page), should be sent,
before 1st October 2007, to Claire Bowen (
Completed articles will be expected for 1st June 2008.
Please follow the norms for presentation indicated on the LISA e-journal
website ( and include a
short biography of the author.

Please contact: Claire Bowen (
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