CfP: Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation

Proposal submissions are welcomed towards this symposium, which will take place on September 20, 2016 at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event will focus on the impact of absence on mourning work, memorialisation and commemoration, and the implications this bears for effective reconciliation. Drawing on memory, conflict and cultural studies, the area foci will include, but will not be limited to, the Balkans, Central and West Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In turn, the symposium will consider the following questions:

How is mourning work enacted in the absence of a (complete) body?
How is memorialisation practised in the absence of a memorial site?
How is trauma and postmemory addressed in the absence of mutual acknowledgement?
How is absence represented in the cultural archive?

In addition, proposals should respond to the following themes:

Missing bodies;
Absent sites and ruins;
Acknowledgement and reparations;
Space, place and mapping;
Postmemory and multidirectional memory;
Trauma and post-war recovery.

Submissions from scholars, researchers, art practitioners and activists with a focus on memory, trauma, heritage, and/or transitional justice, will be welcomed equally.

Lastly, funds are available to cover the cost of a return travel ticket and an overnight stay for presenters travelling to and from Amsterdam.

Please submit a title, an abstract of 500 words, and a brief bio, by August 1, 2016 to Luisa Gandolfo (

CFP: Object Matters: Making Memory: material and visual culture of commemoration in Ireland c.1800 – 2016

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
13-15 October 2016
Funded by the Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ Scheme

Deadline for proposals 12 July, 2016

Proposals of c.300 words accompanied by a short CV are invited for 20-minute papers related to the material and visual culture of commemoration in Ireland from c.1800 to the present day. Please email to

This cross-disciplinary conference will address how objects, images, artworks, buildings, spaces and bodies have worked and been understood in the creation and maintenance of public and private memory in Ireland since c.1800. While topics might include key personages and events such as World War 1, the Irish Civil War and the Manchester Martyrs, we also encourage proposals that address the commemoration of lesser-known histories.

Commemorative culture might encompass events such as ceremonies and parades, artefacts such as souvenirs or artworks, institutional practices such as collecting and exhibiting, particular sites such as commemorative buildings, graveyards and ceremonial spaces, and private modes of visual and material remembrance such as domestic mnemonic objects.

The conference should contribute to our understanding of how ideas about the past have been visualised, manufactured, articulated, materialised, distributed and performed.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers and practitioners across various fields including Art practice, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography, Architectural History, History of Design, Material Culture, Visual Culture, Memory Studies, Museum Studies, Art History, History of Media, Cultural History, Sociology and Critical theory. A publication is planned based on the conference proceedings. For the proceedings of the first Object Matters conference Making 1916: material and visual culture of the Easter Rising, see

Deadline July 12, 2016. Participants will be notified by July 22.

Conference Convenor Dr. Lisa Godson, National College of Art & Design
Conference Administrator Kate Butler, BL

Supported by the National College of Art and Design + University College Dublin Centre for Creative Arts and Critical Cultures / National Gallery of Ireland/Irish Museums Association / Irish Architecture Foundation / GradCAM

Enquiries and proposals should be directed to:

CfP: War and its Aftermath: Veteran Treatment and Reintegration in Post-War Societies

War destroys everything. Even the lives of those who survive the war are destroyed. Financial hardships, trauma, and the demand for reintegration by peaceful societies are burdens for those who return alive from the battlefield of the former war. However, the post-war societies have to struggle to provide sufficient possibilities for reintegration of veterans into the new peaceful life as well. In all periods of human history political entities and states have tried to find a way for such a reintegration without triggering the violent potential that is represented by former soldiers. Despite such attempts, modern nation states and societies still struggle with the task to find a solution for veteran reintegration in post-war environments. The editors of the planed volume want to analyze the historical aspects of veteran treatment and veteran reintegration — without chronological or geographical limitations — and therefore welcome proposals for chapters that deal with, but are not limited to the following topics:

the veteran as a radical force in post-war societies
veteran education in post-war societies
political movements and veterans
paramilitarism in post-war societies
trauma treatments
medical issues and veterans
economic perspectives on veteran reintegration
veterans and memory in post-war societies
veteran rights movements
veterans and the post-war state
veterans and social relations

Proposals (ca. 300 words) and a short CV should be sent to and until July 15, 2016. Final chapters, 7,000-10,000 words, using footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style) are due by October 15, 2016.

Contact Info:
Frank Jacob, History Department, CUNY-QCC, 22205 56th Ave, Bayside, 11364 New York

Symposium: Nova Scotia and the Great War Revisited: Cultural Communities, Memory and the First World War

It has been 100 years since the “war to end all wars”, from 1914 to 1918. Come hear academic, museum, community and youth speakers share ideas and discuss new research on the little-known contributions of cultural communities in Nova Scotia to the conflict. Explore different community views on the importance of commemoration and memory of the experience of the First World War. See how local Nova Scotian contributions fit in the larger Atlantic Canadian, national and international contexts.

Presentations Include
• No. 2 Construction Battalion in July 1916: Importance for African Nova Scotians
• Experiences of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Gaelic Nova Scotian communities
• Child soldiers
• The Jewish Legion at Fort Edward in Windsor

Youth Panels
Vimy Foundation participants and Avon View High School

Why is the memory of the Great War still important to students and youth today?

Keynote Speakers
Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario
The First World War, Memory and Popular Culture in Canada

Sean Cadigan, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Myth, Memory and the First World War in Atlantic Canadian communities

Friday, June 10th 2016, 12pm to 7:30pm and Saturday, June 11th 2016, 9am to 7pm

Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78 Thomas St., Windsor, NS

Full program:

Free Admission, All welcome.

Register in advance:
Phone: 902-420-5668

Contact Info:
Organized by the Nova Scotia Museum, Saint Mary’s University Gorsebrook Research Institute, Centre d’études acadiennes, Université de Moncton, Army Museum Halifax Citadel, and Parks Canada.

New blog for Oxford’s WWI Centenary ‘Continuations and Beginnings’ website

Hanna Smyth, who is completing her DPhil on the relationship between Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites and identity, recently contributed to the University of Oxford’s WWI Centenary ‘Continuations and Beginnings’ website. Her blog, WWI Memorials of the British Empire: Identity and Memory on the Western Front, can be accessed here.

CFP: Resistance to War 1914-1924

Resistance to War 1914-1924
Leeds, United Kingdom, 18-20th March 2016

Ingrid Sharp and colleagues are planning a major international conference for March 18th-20th 2016 to consider and debate the various forms and expressions of resistance to the First World War within and across national contexts. It will coincide with the introduction of conscription in Britain, but will explore national, international and transnational aspects of resistance to the First World War.

Confirmed speakers so far include Cyril Pearce, Lois Bibbings and Julian Putkowski on Conscientious Objectors, Benjamin Ziemann on forms of German resistance to war and June Hannam on the Leeds-born peace activist Isabella Ford.

There will be panels on:

* the cultural representations of pacifism and the mobilization of art and literature to oppose the war;
* memory and commemoration of anti-war activism, including during the centenary;
* Classicists’ resistance to war;
* links and continuities with present-day organisations such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom;
* groups and individuals committed to the international reconciliation of former enemies;
* the global dimensions of war resistance;
* ideological, feminist, political and religious motivations for opposing the war;
* the costs of war in terms of human suffering and trauma;
* Conscientious Objection and its international legacies
* pacifism in the inter-war period.

Offers of individual papers, panels or round tables are welcome. Please send these (500 words and 1 page cv) to:

We will be working with Leeds City Museums and Galleries to provide a forum for public debate and exchange of ideas and knowledge and welcome local history groups who are researching COs and other war resisters in their own areas.

Deadline for abstracts: March 20th 2015

The Conference is supported by Legacies of War, Leeds and the Gateways to the First World War, Kent