The 7th International Society for First World War Studies conference took place in Paris on 26th and 27th September 2013.
A few photos to show the society at work and play:
The 7th International Society for First World War Studies conference took place in Paris on 26th and 27th September 2013.
A few photos to show the society at work and play:
The Sixtieth Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Montréal, from Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26, 2014. It will be hosted jointly by the Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University, with the support of the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Michel Hébert (UQAM) and Norman Ingram (Concordia) are co-Presidents of the Society for 2014 and organizers of the conference.
The theme for this year’s conference will be “war and peace in French history”, with special reference to the centenary of the beginning of World War I. Scheduled guest-speakers will be twentieth century specialists Professors John Horne (Trinity College, Dublin), Christopher Clark (Cambridge) and Martha Hanna (University of Colorado, Boulder), all of them noted scholars of France and/or the Great War; and Philippe Contamine, Emeritus Professor of medieval history and Membre de l’Institut, who will lecture on the theme of the Hundred Years War in comparison with World War I.
In addition to papers and panels on the theme of this year’s conference, the Program Committee underlines that it welcomes panel proposals on any topic in the history of France, its colonies, and other Francophone countries including, of course, Québec and Canada, from the Middle Ages to the present. We will make every effort to combine single papers into coherent panels, but we encourage individuals to organize complete panels composed of two or (preferably) three papers, including panels that cut across traditional periodizations, with a chair and a commentator. Roundtables and other formats will also be considered. In conjunction with H-France and the SFHS Technology Committee, we also welcome proposals for sessions to be webcast on topics of broad interest.
Please do not send proposals for papers that have already been presented or published or that are scheduled for presentation elsewhere. Please be very specific about your audiovisual needs at the time of submission. All conference participants must be members in good standing of the SFHS at the time of the conference.
All sessions will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal, pavillon J.-A. De Sève. A special and very attractive hotel rate of Canadian $125.00 per night will be made available to members at the Hôtel des Gouverneurs, Place Dupuis, rue Saint-Hubert, just three short blocks from the campus.
For further information, please consult the website for the meeting: http://www.sfhs2014.uqam.ca/. Address queries regarding submissions to
sfhs2014[@]uqam.ca. Proposals (in English or in French), which will be accepted only in digital format, should include the following items, integrated into one file (preferably a PDF): an abstract (no more than one page) for each paper; a CV (no more than one page) for each presenter, including contact information; and the proposed chair’s and commentator’s names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses. Please submit all proposals to the conference website listed above.
The revised proposal deadline is September 30, 2013.
The programme for the 7th society conference has been finalised :
Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Paris
09:00 -09:15 Introduction – Conference Team
10:45 -11:15 Coffee break
12:15 -13:30 Lunch
14:30 -15:00 Coffee break
Institut Historique allemand, Paris
11:00 -11:15 Coffee break
12:15 -13:30 Lunch
14:30 -14:45 Coffee break
15:45 -16:00 Break
Information for attendance:
Please sign up using the following form http://isfwws2013.sciencesconf.org/registration?no_account=&lang=en
This will give you access to the pre-circulated papers we will be discussing during the conference.
We will be providing simultaneous interpreting between English and French throughout the conference
Emmanuelle Cronier (Université de Picardie), Victor Demiaux (EHESS Paris/IEP Lille), Franziska Heimburger (EHESS Paris), Elisa Marcobelli (DHI Paris/EHESS Paris), Claire Morelon (Centre d’Histoire de Sciences-Po), Clémentine Vidal-Naquet (EHESS Paris).
Edith Wharton Symposium: 22 and 23 August 2013, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Organisers: William Blazek and Laura Rattray
Keynote Speakers: Pamela Knights and Gary Totten
Call for Papers: extended deadline 27 May 2013
We warmly invite papers on the life and work of Edith Wharton for an international symposium, co-sponsored by the Wharton Society, to be held in Liverpool in August 2013.
The symposium marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Wharton’s much-read and much-analyzed novel The Custom of the Country. Described as the writer’s “greatest book” by Hermione Lee in her 2007 biography, and listed by Wharton herself at the end of a long and prolific career as one of her own favourite works, The Custom of the Country arguably remains the author’s most complex and controversial novel. To mark the centenary, many of the panels and keynotes will be devoted to topics pertaining specifically to this landmark text.
However, we also warmly welcome papers on any aspect of Wharton’s life and work, and the work of her contemporaries, male and female, canonical and non-canonical, European and American. As another centenary approaches, we particularly seek papers treating Wharton and her contemporaries in the contexts of World War I. Papers for these panels might consider Wharton’s relief work; her propaganda; visits to the frontline; journalism; her fiction written during the years of conflict.
We are delighted to confirm that the keynote speakers for this event will be esteemed Wharton scholars Pamela Knights (Durham University) and Gary Totten (North Dakota State University). Pam, who has published very extensively on Wharton, is perhaps best known as the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Edith Wharton, while Gary is the immediate past president of the Society and editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture.
The symposium will be held on the Hope Park campus of Liverpool Hope University, located within five miles of the Liverpool city centre. Moderately priced, ensuite campus accommodation will be available to delegates for the duration of the symposium. Day rates are also available. For those wishing to stay on and explore Liverpool after the symposium, an additional night’s accommodation will be available and we will be arranging a morning tour of the city, followed by lunch together before departing. Please send any queries and 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers (indicating any equipment/technical requirements), and a brief biographical note by 27 May 2013 to Laura and Bill via e-mail: email@example.com Registration will open at the beginning of June. Further information and updates will be posted on the symposium website: www.hope.ac.uk/custom
We hope you’ll join us for this friendly and timely gathering of Wharton and early twentieth century scholars in August.
Society member Mike Neiberg recently attended the International Centennial Planning Conference entitled “A CENTURY IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT WAR” , held at the National World War One Museum in Kansas and gave a keynote speech entitled: “”The Outbreak of War in 1914: A New Look at an Old Problem”". Here a some thoughts he put together for our website on the upcoming centenary, as seen from the US:
I recently had a rather surprising discussion with a European-based editor who told me that, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I notwithstanding, he was reluctant to sign any more books on the war. He was, he told me, afraid that by 2016 or 2017 European readers would be tired of reading about the war. His comments took me aback, given the general lack of interest American publishers have been showing in the war. Two different American publishers have recently told me that they, too, do not want to sign World War I books, but, unlike their European colleague, they were not worried about reader fatigue. They were worried that general American indifference toward the war would lead to poor sales.
In light of those discussions, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that the United States is far behind Europe in its planning for the centenary. Besides America’s usual lack of interest in the war, in 2013 we face a government sequester that has blocked access to even modest resources and distracted attention even further from plans to educate citizens about the war. Unlike Great Britain, there has been no sustained effort in the United States to dedicate money or show support from the highest levels of government. The federal government has made clear its opposition to the construction of a World War I memorial on the National Mall, and the post office has agreed to issue a commemorative stamp, but otherwise little of substance has yet come out of Washington. The United States Senate has tasked the White House with forming a twelve-person commemorative committee, but the committee still does not exist. A distracted Congress has really only made one important decision: designating the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City to be the lead organization for commemoration activities.
In late March, the museum hosted a conference dedicated to beginning the commemorative process. Given the general lack of support and interest it faces, the challenge could be formidable. Nevertheless, the museum has a talented staff, a fantastic venue, and an international reputation that make it a logical choice to lead the commemoration. It is likely to do so, however, with little to no federal money. Thus this conference had two goals: to share ideas and to create networks of people interested in commemorative efforts.
Given the lack of governmental interest, much of the support for educational and outreach efforts will have to come from the private sector and from dedicated groups like the Western Front Association and the American Friends of Blérancourt, as well as the wide variety of museums and libraries planning local commemorative projects. Notably, much of the energy for this American conference came from Europe, including the assistance of the government of Flanders and the participation of the French and German consulates, as well as the Alliance Française.
The conference brought together academics, government officials, private citizens with an interest in the war, and representatives of organizations like AFS Intercultural Programs that trace their origins to the war. It will likely take an effort of all of us pushing together to build momentum if we are to take maximum advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to commemorate, educate, and explain. Otherwise we face one of two futures for the centenary, and both are typically American. In the absence of hard work, resources, and planning, Americans will either ignore the war or make a flurry of activity in 2017, cobble something together quickly, then claim victory. The choice is ours.
The Great War could neither have been fought nor won without scientific knowledge. Academic expertise in various fields, from history and law to chemistry and medicine, proved crucial to its prosecution. New links were forged with government that would alter forever the ways in which universities functioned and their relationship with the state. As communities, universities were at the heart of the societal and cultural mobilization for the war (through the activities of their staff, the roles played by students and alumni and the use of university facilities for hospitals, public meetings and war-time education). In some cases they sheltered opposition to the war. Academics and universities also played an important role in defining the meaning of the war and refashioned the very notion of international communities of scholarship in order to take account of the polarization produced by the conflict. In this, they foreshadowed the political engagement of learning that would become a marked feature of the ‘short twentieth century.’ For all these reasons, the war cast a long shadow over attempts to return to some kind of ‘normality’ once the conflict was over.
The Academic World in the Era of the Great War is a major international conference that will address these issues. Co-organised by the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin and the Centre canadien des études allemandes et européennes at the Université de Montréal, it will be held at Trinity College Dublin on August 15th-16th 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. It will be the first attempt to examine this subject systematically and in a comparative and trans-national fashion. It is hoped that it will result in an innovative edited volume. The conference will be inter-disciplinary, and the organisers welcome submissions from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
After very successful conferences in Lyon, Oxford, Dublin, Washington D.C., London, and Innsbruck, the International Society for First World War Studies is pleased to organise its seventh conference in Paris on 26-27 September 2013. The German Historical Institute in Paris, The University of Birmingham (UK), and the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration are supporting this event.
Up to the present day, the multinational nature of the First World War has mainly been conceptualised as the interstate confrontation of major allied powers. The Other is first and foremost the enemy; militarily and culturally the opposition. However, the Great War was also a time of unprecedented intermingling and circulation within the coalitions. Metropolitan and colonial soldiers, civilian workers, refugees and displaced persons left their familiar frame of reference by the millions. The conflict thus also constituted a change of scene for good or bad, a confrontation with social and cultural otherness, with different landscapes, at all scales for the belligerent societies (empires, nation states, local communities). How were the necessary movements conceptualised and organized in the logic of the multinational conflict? What forms did contacts between people of different origins take when they were confronted by the war? How were they experienced? How does the idea of belonging to a community, crucial to recent research on combat endurance, fit into the intercultural logic at all scales? To what extent did constructions of identity which feed on the perception of the other, evolve as such contacts occurred? How were they represented? Finally, what was the heritage of these contacts in the medium or long term?
In this perspective, transnational and comparative approaches are encouraged.
Papers might consider the following aspects:
Après le succès des rencontres précédentes organisées à Lyon, Oxford, Dublin, Washington, Londres et Innsbruck, la Société Internationale d’Etude de la Grande Guerre tiendra son septième colloque à Paris les 26 et 27 septembre 2013, grâce au soutien de l’Institut Historique Allemand de Paris, de l’Université de Birmingham et de la Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration.
Le thème retenu pour cette édition est :
Le caractère multinational de la Première Guerre mondiale a principalement été pensé à travers la confrontation interétatique des grandes puissances coalisées. L’Autre, c’est d’abord l’ennemi, celui avec lequel on s’oppose militairement et culturellement.
Pourtant, la Grande Guerre a aussi été un moment de circulations et de brassages inédit au sein des coalitions. Soldats métropolitains ou coloniaux, travailleurs civils, réfugiés et déplacés, quittèrent par millions leur cadre de vie. Le conflit fut donc aussi une expérience de dépaysement et de confrontation à l’altérité – sociale, culturelle ou paysagère – au sein des sociétés belligérantes (Etats-nations, Empires, communautés locales). Comment les déplacements furent-ils pensés et organisés dans la logique d’un conflit multinational ? Quelles formes prirent les contacts entre les populations d’origine différente mises en présence par les mobilités du temps de guerre ? Comment ces contacts furent-ils vécus ? Comment les logiques communautaires, très importantes pour l’endurance combattante, se sont-elles articulées avec les logiques interculturelles à toutes les échelles ? Dans quelle mesure les constructions identitaires, qui se nourrissent de la perception de l’autre, ont-elles évolué à la faveur de ces contacts ? Comment ont-elles été représentées et mises en scène ? Enfin, quelle fut la postérité de ces contacts à moyen ou long terme ?
Dans cette perspective, les approches comparées et transnationales seront encouragées.
Les communications pourront notamment porter sur les thèmes suivants :
Avec ce colloque, nous entendons poursuivre la tradition de rassembler des chercheurs, qu’ils soient doctorants ou chercheurs établis, autour de nouvelles approches de la Première Guerre mondiale. Nous espérons à travers ce colloque contribuer au développement des approches comparées et interdisciplinaires de la Grande Guerre et encourager les collaborations internationales et les échanges entre différentes générations de chercheurs en sciences sociales.
Afin d’encourager le débat, les communications seront diffusées avant le colloque puis discutées lors de sessions thématiques. Après un temps de réponse des auteurs, le débat sera ouvert à l’assistance. Les langues de travail seront l’anglais et le français et nous disposerons de traductions simultanées dans ces deux langues (à confirmer). Comme lors des colloques précédents, une sélection de communications sera publiée.
Les propositions de communications, en anglais ou en français, doivent être soumises sous forme d’un résumé de 300 mots et accompagnées d’un curriculum vitae.
Le dépôt s’effectuera avant le 30 janvier 2013 sur notre plateforme de gestion du colloque, http://isfwws2013.sciencesconf.org.
1- Créer un compte en cliquant sur « S’inscrire » dans la colonne de gauche
2- Activer le compte à partir du lien reçu par mail
3- Déposer la proposition de communication dans « déposer un résumé » dans « Mes dépôts »
4- Déposer le CV dans « données supplémentaires »
Les candidats seront informés de la décision du comité organisateur d’ici le 1er mars 2013.
La version définitive des communications sélectionnées (de 8000 mots maximum) est attendue pour le 1er juin 2013 au plus tard.
Le colloque aura lieu à la Cité Nationale de l’histoire de l’Immigration (Paris 12ème) et à l’institut Historique Allemand (Paris 3ème). Nous essaierons dans la mesure du possible d’aider les chercheurs qui ne pourraient pas être financés par leur institution de rattachement dans leurs frais de déplacements et de logement.
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Comité organisateur :
Emmanuelle Cronier (Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham).
Victor Demiaux (EHESS Paris/IEP Lille).
Franziska Heimburger (EHESS Paris).
Elisa Marcobelli (DHI Paris/EHESS Paris).
Claire Morelon : (IEP Paris/University of Birmingham).
Clémentine Vidal-Naquet (EHESS Paris).
A number of leading history journals have produced a joint statement on the open access policy proposed by the UK Government in response to the publication of the Finch report. First World War Studies is among the signatories to this statement.
We, as editors of the History journals listed below, would like to make our views clear in relation to the government’s planned implementation (in conjunction with RCUK and HEFCE) of the Finch Report. We fully support initiatives to make scholarship as widely and freely available as possible, above all on line. However, we have serious concerns about several aspects of the proposed implementation of the policy, which we believe will have a serious effect on the reputation of UK scholarship internationally, on peer review, and on the rights of authors.