CfP: World War 100: A Centennial Symposium

The Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission is pleased to announce a call for papers for a two-day international conference, World War 100: A Centennial Symposium. Marking the centenary of the entry of the United States into the war, this conference brings together scholars from myriad fields to examine the legacies of the war in its global, imperial, national, and local dimensions. We invite proposals on a broad range of topics on the cultural, social, and political dimensions of the conflict and from a variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives. We particularly encourage papers that are interpretive in nature and that engage the numerous ways in which the war has continued to inform global and local experiences in the past century. Special programming will be dedicated to the war’s effects on Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s contributions to the war.

The conference will take place on the weekend of October 27-28, 2017, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Featured speakers include Bruno Cabanes (Ohio State University), Holly Case (Brown University), Jennifer Keene (Chapman University), and Michael Neiberg (Army War College). Limited travel support, particularly for graduate students, may become available at a later date.

No later than May 1st, please send a title, a brief description of the paper (up to 250 words), and a two-page vitae to: ww100@lists.wisc.edu. Panel and roundtable proposals should include an additional rationale for the panel as a whole.

For further information about registration, hotel information, and submission of papers please go to http://bit.ly/ww100wi.

For other questions, contact sloreck@wisc.edu with the header line “WW100 information request”

Film: ‘Meeting in No Man’s Land’, The Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road Studios, 17 March, 18.00

IT Services’ Great War project have arranged for a screening in the Bullingdon Road of a film by the Age Exchange dementia care charity who were trained to work with the public about WW1 memories.

Meeting in No Man’s Land is a feature film by Ivan Riches and dementia care charity Age Exchange, which relates to family history, the First World War, ageing, relationships between generations, and comparisons with UK and Bavarian experiences.

Screening: Friday 17th March 18.00 at The Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road Studios, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX4 1GP.

Poster downloadable here.

Further information:
* Free Tickets: https://oxford.imparando.com/accessplan/clientinput/course/coursebooker.aspx?coursedateid=27683
* Help with tickets: tel@it.ox.ac.uk
* Website: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/2017/02/15/meeting-in-no-mans-land/
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108952312564836/
* Ivan Riches showreel: https://youtu.be/md0pzc4SG9c
* Children of The Great War, Peter’s Story: https://youtu.be/vC_nDGaQaa8

CfP: First World War in the Indian Context: International Seminar

January/ February 2018

The St Aloysius College (Mangalore, Karnataka, India) plans to organize a two-day international seminar on the theme The First World War in the Indian Context and invites scholars in Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and in related fields to participate.

The Theme and the Context
It is 100 years since the First World War took place. As all of us know, though the Great War was the result of complex political developments of Europe, it had large influence on Indian society, economy and political life. It was mainly due to the fact that India was a colony of the British. The British too wanted the cooperation of Indians. Mahatma Gandhi who had returned to India after his African sojourn during the war had encouraged Indians to join the British forces. Indians had immensely contributed to the British war efforts in the form of men and ammunitions as well as financial resources.

Important information
Those intending to present papers can contact the Chief Coordinator at the earliest opportunity. They can also send their papers before 30th November 2017 (along with an abstract). The details are given below. International and invited scholars will be offered an honorarium. A detailed brochure with sub-themes would be sent to those who are participating and presenting the papers.

The exact date of the seminar, travel and accommodation details will be intimated well in advance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you at St Aloysius College (Autonomous) campus at Mangalore in January/ February 2018.

For further details kindly contact:
Chief Coordinator: Dr Vishanz Pinto, Dean, Faculty of Arts, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore-575003, Karnataka, India
Phone: + 91 9480289560
Email: vishanzpinto@yahoo.com
Asst. Coordinator: Dr Denis Fernandes, IQAC Coordinator, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore-575003, Karnataka, India.

Further information here.

CfP: Scotland and the First World War

SCOTIA: INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF SCOTTISH STUDIES is a scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of Scottish history and culture. Published annually by Old Dominion University since 1972, it features articles, review essays, book reviews and a list of recent publications on a wide range of topics relating to Scotland. SCOTIA is affiliated with The North American Organization of Scottish Historians.

SCOTIA (vol. 38, 2016) is now available. It contains articles dealing with a single topic: “Nation Building in the Borderlands: Anglo-Scottish Relations on the Frontier, 1558-1603.”

SCOTIA is available for an annual subscription of $10.00.

SCOTIA will mark centenary of the First World War with a series of articles on Scotland’s role in this conflict. Contributions are sought from military, diplomatic and social historians, literary scholars and art historians on all aspects of Scotland and World War 1. We invite submissions of between 10 and 15,000 words.

For more information, contact the editor:

William S. Rodner, FSA Scot.
Editor, Scotia. Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies
Department of History
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
Contact email: wrodner@odu.edu

CfP: The Great War and the Azores: from naval strategy to trench warfare

Organisation: Institute of Contemporary History FCSH/NOVA; University of the Azores
Venue: Azores Military Museum, Ponta Delgada (Azores Islands)
Dates: 13 to 16 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2017

The Atlantic Ocean connects the western civilization in its banks, having in its center the archipelago of the Azores. Intensely contested since the discoveries, with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, with the mechanical propulsion and the economic and political rise of the USA, this ocean would know a commercial increase, based on a powerful market economy and a strong power of the financial capital, reinforcing even more its paper as a way of supplying the colonial raw materials, to the metropolises. The presence of powerful marines of war as merchants, with a modern naval industry of great capacity of production, becomes more and more its background scene, namely during World War I. By this view, the role of the Atlantic during the Great War would include the importance of maritime commerce and the need to protect commercial traffic from a Europe at war, taking the consequences of disturbing the enemy, as well as the use of a network of submarine cables with branches all over the world. The entry of the United States in World War I marked the end of the world’s hegemony by the European continent, which lasted three centuries, changing the symmetries in the center of the Atlantic.

The organizing committee calls for proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

– The maritime and terrestrial dimension of the Azores, in World War I;
– Naval and submarine warfare;
– The Atlantic and the communications during the Great War;
– Maritime connections in the Trench Wars, or in the colonies;
– The internal front: the impact of World War I in the Azores;
– War and Memory;
– Museology and Military heritage.

Submission process: Please send your identification (name, institutional affiliation and mail address), Paper title, Abstract (maximum 700 words), and academic CV (1 page) via mail to: azoreswar@gmail.com

Working languages: English, Portuguese (no simultaneous interpretation is available).

Further information here.
Download call for papers: 2017-07-13_Great-War-Azores_EN

Passchendaele Salute 2017, Fort de Seclin, 10 November 2017

The Passchendaele Salute 2017, under the patronage of Mrs Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada will take place on 10 November 2017 at the Fort de Seclin, near Lille in France to hold a service of remembrance and fire 100 rounds to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele.

It will consist of at least 10 Great War guns drawn by horses:

4 x 18pdrs; 3 x 13pdrs; one 4.5 Howitzer, 2 French 75s and a 13pdr A/A gun on a Pierce Arrow 1917 lorry, and guns from a French museum. The guns will be manned by teams from UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France.

Participants are all volunteers.

Combat Stress is the beneficiary charity.

There has been a change of plan with regard to the venue for the Salute because of the ongoing security issues in Belgium, our partners there have advised that the location cannot be guaranteed.

The owners of Fort de Seclin have kindly offered us the opportunity to hold the salute there and the French authorities are in full agreement.

We think this is an excellent alternative to the original plan and will enable us to press ahead with arrangements with greater confidence.

In all other respects details of the Salute are unchanged and I will keep you informed as things progress.

Further information here.

WW1 Centenary blog: Tagore in the time of war 1913-1919, by Sneha Reddy

Ideas and influence of poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore during the first world war
Marking 100 years of Tagore’s lectures, delivered in Japan and USA, published in 1917 under the title ‘Nationalism’

‘Although Tagore is best known for his poetry, he was also an accomplished novelist, artist, dramatist, essayist and made prolific music compositions. His work gained international prominence just as the winds of nationalism and mutual distrust swept across the European continent and morphed into a conflict in 1914. The poet saw the oncoming war as an assault on humanity and explored its political and cultural consequences through his writings. European intellectuals and literary figures who witnessed the war’s brutality at their shores sought ‘insights coming from elsewhere’ and for many, Tagore’s voice ‘fit the need splendidly’ (Sen 2011).’

Full article here.

Sneha Reddy is a first-year PhD student at the School of International Relations in the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on French North African and British Indian soldiers in the First World War in the Middle East. She is on twitter @sneha_tumu