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The First World War and its Global Legacies: 100 years on. Sunderland UK, April 2014
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Dr Angela Smith, University of Sunderland
Call for papers: The First World War and its Global Legacies: 100 Years On Held at the University of Sunderland, UK
Keynote Speaker: Kate Adie
Date: 5th – 7th April, 2014
A three-day international conference will explore the impact of this first truly global war on the history, culture, philosophy, language and politics of the 100 years following it. Papers are invited from the international scholar’s community in English in a wide a range of disciplines – history, politics, world literatures, philosophy, sociology, human geography, media, critical and cultural studies, international law, linguistics, colonial and postcolonial studies.
The conference will focus upon the legacies of this First World War, its impact on literary, critical, cultural and philosophical imaginaries in the west and abroad as well as politics, international diplomacy and attitudes towards conflict. Unlike The Second World War, the transformative power of the event remains vague in the minds of many contemporary observers. Whereas the poetry of British war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen continue as canonical in Britain, few films, apart from the pacifist classic – All Quiet on the Western Front – explore the War’s global impact.
How has the Great War been represented, for example, in the literature and film of the former colonies such as Kenya and India, and in the Middle East. What is the place and of the Great War in different collective memories? In what ways did it stimulate both the principle of nationality and the processes of globalisation? Also, how is the Great War ‘taught’ in schools?
We hope to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines as we seek to explore the many cultural, historical, political and theoretical contexts of the Great War of 1914-1918. A selection of papers will be published.
We will be interested in paper proposals that address the following themes but invite any relevant to the subject of the legacies of the Great War:
Filmic and literary representation of World War I
If you wish to contribute a paper please submit a proposal (maximum 300 words) to
Proposals should be submitted no later than 1st December, 2013.