WAR, WORDS AND THE WORLD: RE-PRESENTING THE GREAT WAR (26-28 FEBRUARY 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
THE CENTRE OF ADVANCED STUDY IN ENGLISH, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY
contact email: 
prof.a.lal@gmail.com

The First World War is the first major war to have left an archive behind it. Ranging from eyewitness accounts in the trenches, to personal diaries, reportage and newsreels, propaganda, intelligence and surveillance, the material extant paints a picture not just of the conduct of hostilities from the corridors of power, but for the first time a coherent view of what organised warfare looks like from the ground. The data from recruiting centres brought to the notice of the government for the first time what the actual health status of the British public was, to the consternation of the generals, since new technologies required the carrying of heavy machinery and its operation in trying conditions. Just as the tech of war demanded more from the common soldier, the wider destructive footprints of airstrikes and missiles ramped up the terror of war for the common citizen. The use of chemical weapons opened the debate on humane versus inhumane war, while the well-documented cases of so-called shellshock inaugurated inquiries into ‘the pity of war’. Participation by the colonies stretched the tolerance of subject peoples and clarified issues relating to autonomy and chains of command, while at home cartoonists both critiqued and supported the war.

The emphasis of the conference will be on this shell of information which preserves the shape of the original trauma. We invite papers on the following topics:
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1. The Great War – its political, social and historical milieu
2. Literature and images of the War
3. Constructions of the aftermath of the War
4. Myth-building and war
5. Hypernationalism and the construction of identity
6. War and the psyche
7. Women and the War
8. Representations of technology
9. Cultural memory and social trauma
10. War and propaganda
11. War and class
12. War and the burgeoning debate on human rights
13. India and the Great War
14. The other arts and the War

Abstracts of 200 words with a bio-data of up to 50 words may be submitted by 15 November 2013 to any of the following:

Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Study in English
Prof. Ananda Lal (prof.a.lal@gmail.com)
Conference conveners: Dr Nandini Saha (sahanandini7@gmail.com)
Dr Rafat Ali (asdak.yunzi@gmail.com)

cfp categories: 
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
twentieth_century_and_beyond