Conference: Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre: L’individu au croisement du civil et du militaire

Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre: L’individu au croisement du civil et du militaire (At the Heart of the Great War: the Individual at the Intersection of the Civilian and Military Dimensions of the Conflict)
Mons Memorial Museum, Mons, Belgium, 26-28 October 2017

The symposium « In the Heart of the Great War » has been, above all, conceived as an exchange between graduate students and early career researchers in order to construct, via debate and dialogue, coherent interpretations about the individual at the crossroads between military and civilian realities. The desire to organise this conference originates from previous encounters and from the desire to prolong the discussions had during the Summer School « The Face of the First World War », organised by the International Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre of Péronne.

The symposium theme is merely a guideline, a clue for reflection rather than a well-defined subject. It leads us to question the ways through which individuals – soldiers, civilians at the home front or in occupied territories – integrate and conciliate the military dimension on one side (whether it’s their experience at the front or German presence on the streets of their village) and the civil dimension on the other. In addition to the encounter between the civilian and military « worlds », constituting two separate spheres, we must reflect upon the individual as being at the crossroads between two dimensions, which jointly construct him or her.

Conference website here.
Programme: Programme Mons

Call for Chapters: U.S. Security Issues and World War I

Dr. Craig B. Greathouse
Dr. Austin Riede

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
Full Chapters Due: June 1, 2017 this may be extended
Final Submission Date September 1, 2017 this may be extended

As part of its new series on Security Studies and in commemoration of the World War I Centennial, the University of North Georgia Press is soliciting scholarly submissions for a peer reviewed collection of essays on U.S. Security Issues and World War I. This book will look at the security issues of World War I through the lens of the United States both in terms of domestic and international influences. The book looks to incorporate multi-disciplinary views about security issues and the impact these had on the U.S. or that the U.S. had on the international system. The book will examine security issues based on three themes including international influences, the U.S. home front / culture, and military issues.

Recommended Topics
The authors and the press have no apriori chapters which must be included however topics must be able to fit into one of the three themes. We ask that submissions directly address U.S. security in World War I through a focus on international influences, the U.S. Home front / culture, or military issues.

Possible subjects to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Health/diseases, particularly shell shock and venereal disease
*Militarization and mobilization of civilians
*U.S. borders and immigration
*The economy
*The home front & popular understanding of the war
*The draft and draft evasion
*Education & academic freedom
*Letters to and from the warzone
*Depicting the war in cinema, radio, and newsprint
*Foreign Policy with belligerent and non-belligerent state
*Science and technology
*Isolationism vs. Globalism
*Literary and artistic depictions of security risks/war
*Labor and the Labor Movement (strikes, unions, and the war)
*Specific military operations
*Naval operations and submarine warfare
*Military operations in the air (airplanes and balloons)
*Comparative analysis of security measures in various belligerent states

Please submit your chapter proposals to Dr. Craig Greathouse or Dr. Austin Riede at or

Contact Info:
Dr. Craig Greathouse
Professor of Political Science
University of North Georgia

Shakespeare and the Great War

Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war!

The War and Representation Network (WAR-Net) invites paper proposals for a conference on Shakespeare and the Great War to be held at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, on Friday 8 April 2016.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. This one-day conference will explore intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and the Great War and reflect on anniversary culture more generally.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Gordon McMullan, King’s College, London
Professor Emma Smith, University of Oxford

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Kate McLoughlin ( by 31 January 2016. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

Ø  Wartime performances of Shakespeare
Ø  Shakespeare in the Trenches
Ø  Shakespeare on the Home Front
Ø  Global Wartime Shakespeare
Ø  Shakespeare / Nation / Empire
Ø  Ireland, Shakespeare and the Uprising
Ø  Shakespeare and Anzac
Ø  Shakespeare in Translation
Ø  Shakespeare and Propaganda
Ø  Shakespeare and Memorialisation
Ø  Shakespeare and ‘The Enemy’
Ø  Shakespeare and Morale
Ø  Wartime dramaturgy
Ø  Wartime publications relating to Shakespeare
Ø  Anniversary Culture (including commemorations of the 350th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and 300th anniversary of his death)

Please send proposals of up to 350 words and include your academic affiliation and a brief (100-word) biography. Please use ‘Shakespeare and the Great War’ as a subject-line.