UPDATE: The First World War and Popular Culture (UK) (9/15/05; 3/31/06-4/2/06)

full name / name of organization: 
S J Gillis

The First World War and Popular Culture conference website is now up at
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/fwwconf/. Discounts on trainfare are also
available through the website (click on Getting Here).

March 31st-April 2nd 2006, University of Newcastle, UK
Organisers: Stacy Gillis and Jessica Meyer

J.M. Winter, in The Great War and British People (1985), claimed that no
study of the First World War would be complete that failed to take into
account the literary legacy of the war. This legacy, particularly the
works of the soldier poets, has shaped the memory of the war over the
past nine decades. In recent years, academic discussion of the literary
culture of the First World War has expanded to include not only such
poets and novelists writing during the war, but also other more popular
cultural forms created both during the war and in the years since. From
trench journals to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from Dorothy L.
Sayers to Blackadder, from Sebastian Faulks to Aces High, Anglophone
culture has responded to the war in a variety of ways which have become
sources for both historians and cultural critics interested in the study
of the war and its aftermath.

This conference will bring together scholars working on all aspects of
the popular culture of the First World War to investigate both the ways
in which the war shaped popular culture and the ways in which the memory
of war was shaped in turn. We are particularly interested in providing
an interdisciplinary forum for cultural historians and literary and film
scholars. These disciplines have created substantial bodies of knowledge
on the subject of popular culture and the war, often approaching the
subject from very different perspectives. Bringing these and other
disciplines together will
allow for a transdisciplinary debate on the role and meaning of popular
culture in our understandings of the First World War and its afterlife
in our cultural imagination.

Keynote Speakers
Margaret Higonnet (Connecticut)
Angela Smith (Plymouth)
Trudi Tate (Cambridge)
Jay Winter (Yale)

Potential subjects for discussion include, but are by no means limited
* Histories of reception * Visual cultures * Cultural responses to the
war * Depicting race and gender * Literary publishing * The war on
television * Politics of popular culture * Genre fiction * Children?s
cultural forms * Satire and irony * Epic film * War as crisis of
modernity * The persistence of myth * Representing the trench * Uses of
the Tommy? * Violence, war and games * The documentary * Memorialisation
* Paul Fussell * Pedagogy and war poetry * Forgotten aspects of the war
* The Web and the war * The homefront * Museology

Abstract Deadline: Sept 15th, 2005

We welcome proposals for both panels and individual papers. Abstracts
should be no more than 300 words. Please ensure that a title, your name,
affiliation and email address are included with your abstract. Several
publications will emerge from the conference. Please indicate on your
abstract if you wish your paper to be considered for inclusion.

We prefer to receive abstracts by email to the conference email account:
fwwconf_at_ncl.ac.uk. Please use this email account for enquiries.

Hard copies of abstracts can also be sent to: Dr Stacy Gillis, School of
English, Percy Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,

Dr Stacy Gillis
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature
School of English
Percy Building
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
E: stacy.gillis_at_ncl.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)191 2227360
F: +44 (0)191 2228708
W: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/elll/staff/profile/stacy.gillis

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