World War I: Dissent, Activism, & Transformation

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Georgian Court University / Peace History Society
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Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey, USA
Friday / Saturday, October 17-18, 2014
Co-Sponsored by Peace History Society

The program committee invites paper proposals that focus on Dissent, Activism, & Transformation in the World War I Era. The First World War was a watershed event in modern world history and among the most significant events in the 20th century. The war triggered dissent and activism; and it had an impact on political activism, social reform, and cultural expression. In turn, these developments transformed society, politics, and culture. This conference will explore the themes of dissent, activism, and transformation during the war and the immediate postwar era.

Keynote Speakers:
• ADAM HOCHSCHILD, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
• HARRIET HYMAN ALONSO, author of Peace As a Women's Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement
for World Peace and Women's Rights.

For this interdisciplinary conference, we welcome paper and panel proposals from all scholarly disciplines. We also welcome panels dealing with teaching and pedagogy related to the conference theme. Proposals should be limited to one page and should explain the scholarly significance of the topic. With your proposal, submit a short CV (3 pp.). Please forward proposals for individual papers or panels by March 1, 2014 to Scott H. Bennett at:

Paper topics might include:
• Local, national, transnational, & global topics
• Peace activism, antiwar dissent, & modern peace movements
• Individuals, groups, governments, & institutions
• Conscientious objection & conscription
• Civil liberties in wartime
• Cultural & intellectual movements (literature, poetry, art, music, philosophy, theology)
• Social & political movements (social justice, reform, resistance, & revolution)
• Dissent (social, political, cultural, intellectual, economic)
• Opposition to dissent, peace activism, & social reform
• Repression, loyalty & conformity
• Impact of WWI on immediate postwar developments
• Labor, race, & African American activism
• Anti-colonial movements
• Women's movement & activism
• International law & treaties, postwar peace treaties, & economic consequences
• New social, political, cultural, & intellectual trends & developments
• How WWI transformed politics, society, & culture

For more information, please visit the conference website at: