CfP: Armistice & Aftermath: A World War One Symposium

September 28-29, 2018, Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan

**We have extended the CFP deadline as we received Michigan Hiumanites Council funding. Therefore, we now have two keynote speakers (see below) and there no registration fee for the conference and we will provide meals for presenters during the conference.

Armistice Day 2018 marks the centenary end of World War I. This symposium explores the conditions and impacts of the “Great War,” as experienced during and afterwards, with a special focus on the perspective from the American Heartland. The war had tremendous human and economic repercussions. It also motivated technological, medical, and cultural advances, and it paved the way for transformative social change, from Prohibition to women’s suffrage.

Keynote speakers
Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History, University of Georgia. Author (with Jeffrey T. Sammons) of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (2014)

Dr. Lynn Dumenil, Robert Glass Cleland Professor Emerita of American History, Occidental College. Author of The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I (2017).

We invite papers that examine a wide range of topics such as, but not limited to:
Domestic and regional mobilization and demobilization
Social implications of technologies and industries of war
Reintegration and post-war shifts in gender, class, and labor relations
Cultural representations of war, home-front support, and life in the aftermath
Memories of the war in music, literature, film, drama, art, graphic arts
Civil rights, social stratifications, and diversity in the military and civilian life
The peace and anti-war movements

DEADLINE FOR 350-500 WORD ABSTRACT: APRIL 2, 2018. Please include a brief biography.
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Accepted papers may be published as Proceedings in the Michigan Tech Digital Commons. Selected revised papers may be included in a proposal for a published collection.

Approval for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) is pending. More details will be available once the program is finalized.

A series of free and public exhibits and installations will also take place at Michigan Tech and the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw during the symposium:

Europe, America, and the World: An Outdoor Concert. Featuring the music of James Reese Europe performed by MTU Superior Wind Symphony, MTU
An Evening of Silent Film. Featuring Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms (1918) with live musical accompaniment, Rozsa Theater
Interactive WWI Trench. With battle soundscape, readings from soldiers’ memoirs, and war poetry, MTU
American and French Propaganda Posters and the Great War. Exhibit, Rozsa Gallery, courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center
Shell-shocked: Footage and Sounds of the Front. Film with sound installation, Rozsa Gallery
Philosophy, Technology, & Warfare. A multimedia screens exhibit, Immersive Visualization Studio, MTU
Soldier Stories: The U.P. in World War I. Exhibit, Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, courtesy of Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
World War I & the Copper Country Home Front. Exhibit, Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw
Copper Country Voices of Dissent in the Great War. Exhibit, Finnish American Heritage Center, Finlandia University

continues WWI Remembered from the Beaumier UP Heritage Center, sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council

WW1CC is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.