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Landscapes of the Great War: imagination, representation, experience
Thursday, 10 September 2015 to Saturday, 12 September 2015
Hosted by the Italian-German Historical Institute – FBK in Trento and the University of Padua.
Call for Papers: Landscapes of the Great War
The 8th International Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies will explore the theme of “Landscapes of War”. In recent years scholars have sought to move towards a global history of the Great War, focusing on the geographical scope and diversity of the conflict, from Flanders to the Caucasus, the Alps to East Africa, from the Mediterranean to the oceans. This conference will focus on the physical spaces in which the war took place across the many different theatres of war, and the ways in which these diverse landscapes were encountered, altered, imagined, experienced, represented and remembered. How did the physical characteristics of the various battlegrounds impact on military strategies and operations? How did men, women and children interpret the landscape? How did generals, soldiers, prisoners, workers, farmers, reporters, artists, architects, tourists and others interact with the landscapes of the war? How does the study of the landscape enhance our understanding of the military, political, economic, social and cultural history of the conflict?
Call for Papers Now Closed
The Call for Papers for the September 2015 Conference in Treno and Padua is now closed. The committee is delighted to have received 145 proposals in total, from across Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia. Applicants have been notified of the committee’s decisions and a programme will be published in due course.
We are happy to announce that Professor Nicholas Saunders, University of Bristol, will give the keynote address, entitled Traces of being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Conflict Landscapes
On Thursday 10 September the conference will be held in Trento, followed by a battlefield visit / transfer day on the Asiago Plateau on Friday 11 September. Coaches will be arranged for all registered participants. We will arrive in Padua on Friday evening, ready for the final day’s sessions on Saturday 12 September.
Italian-German Historical Institute of the Bruno Kessler Foundation at the University of Trento
On Thursday 10 September the conference will be hosted by the Italian-German Historical Institute of the Bruno Kessler Foundation at the University of Trento: http://isig.fbk.eu/
University of Padua
On Saturday 12 September the conference will be hosted by the University of Padua:
Full information about how to find the venue will be provided in due course.
Travelling by air
The most convenient international airports are Venice Marco Polo and Verona Villafranca, while low-cost airlines also fly to Treviso, just a little further away. Venice airport is significantly closer to Padua (where the conference ends) but further from Trento; Verona is more centrally located for both destinations, but is a smaller airport with fewer connections.
Venice Marco Polo is a major international hub. Local bus services connect to Venezia Mestre station, around 25 minutes’ journey, from where trains connect to Padua (15-35 minutes, depending on choice of service) and Trento (2hrs 30 minutes).
From Verona a shuttle bus runs every 20 minuts to Verona Porta Nuova station, from where trains connect regularly to Trento (60-70 minutes) and Padua (45-60 minutes).
Travelling by train
Trenitalia offers information on national and international train journeys to both cities, as well as selling tickets for all fast services (the ‘Frecce’) – advance booking usually offers considerable savings. Slower local services (the ‘regionale’) are much cheaper, tickets can usually only be bought on the day.
On Thursday 10 September the conference is in Trento, so participants will need accomodation for that evening and in most cases the night before.
On Friday evening we will arrive in Padova. The coach will drop delegates off at convenient locations for the recommended hotels. Saturday’s proceedings will conclude in time for delegates to leave the city directly if they prefer not to stay another night.
The hotels suggested below are all conveniently located for the conference sites, others are of course available.
- Hotel Accademia (Trento)
- €150 per double room
- Vicolo Colico, 4, 38100 Trento. +39 0461 23 36 00 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotel America (Trento)
- Via Torre Verde, 50, 38100 Trento. +39 0461 983010 email@example.com
- Albermonaco (Trento)
- Via Torre D'Augusto, 25, 38122 Trento. +39 0461 983060 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotel Buonconsiglio (Trento)
- Via Romagnosi, 14-16 - 38122 Trento. 39 0461 272888 email@example.com
- Aquila D'Oro (Trento)
- Via Belenzani, 76 38122 Trento. +39 0461 986282. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotel Donatello (Padova)
- Via del Santo, 102, 35123 Padova. +39 049/8750634
- Hotel Europa (Padova)
- Largo Europa, 9, 35137 Padova. +39 049 661200 email@example.com
- Hotel Giotto (Padova)
- Piazzale Pontecorvo, 33, 35121 Padova. +39 049 876 1845 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotel Verdi (Padova)
- Via Dondi dell’Orologio, 7, 35139 Padova. +39 049 8364163 email@example.com
- Hotel Casa del Pellegrino
- Via Cesarotti, 21, 35123 Padova. +39 049 8239711 firstname.lastname@example.org
- University of Florence
- University College Dublin
- Interuniversity Centre for Historical-Military Research, Italy
- John Cabot University, Rome
Conference Sponsors and Partners
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support and assistance of our hosts, sponsors and partners: