CfP: “100 Years after WWI: Local to Global Impact of an International War”

University of South Carolina Upstate, April 6-7, 2017

As part of its five year commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the University of South Carolina Upstate is hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference on April 6-7, 2017, the anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the war. We seek papers and panels that will examine international aspects of the war, with particular attention to regions of the world and features of the war that are underrepresented. Topics to be explored include military and geopolitical ramifications, colonial experiences, changes in medicine, education, arts, literature, science and economics, and examinations of the roles of and impact on women, African Americans, immigrants and other distinctive population groups.

Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Jennifer Keene, Professor and Chair of the History Department, Chapman University, CA.

All submissions should be submitted by December 1, 2016 to this website:

Presenters will be notified by December 20, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact
Dr. Catherine Canino: and/or
Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche:

Individual Submissions should include:
A 250-500 word abstract and title
A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages)
Full contact information including mail, email, and phone/fax numbers.

Panel submissions are encouraged. Please include the info above for a panel of at least three presenters.

Conference Website:
Conference Hashtag: #USCUpstateWWI

USC Upstate World War I Symposium Committee
Dr. Catherine Canino (Professor of English, Director of Honors Program)
Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche (Assistant Professor of French, Assistant Chair of Languages, Literature, and Composition)
Dr. Frieda Davison (Dean of Library)
Dr. Rob McCormick (Professor of History, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Dirk Schlingmann (Professor of Mathematics, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences)

CfP: Beyond 1917: Socialism, Power and Social Change

We invite proposals for an academic conference to be held May 13-14, 2017 at Oxford University, United Kingdom, addressing the following themes:

With the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, socialism attained state power for the first time in history. After more than a century or theorizing socialism as an alternative social order, as a paradigm of social critique, and as an ideal crowning a broad political constellation aimed at ‘forging democracy’ (G. Eley), Lenin’s seizure of power marked a contentious landmark. Among others, the parliamentary social democratic parties of central and northwestern Europe disputed the Bolshevik claim on the intellectual heritage of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as well as their promise to fuse theory and practice in the pursuit of ‘real’ social change. This conference takes this epochal and controversial moment as its starting point to consider the various attempts to combine socialism and power, in the widest sense of both words. It invites papers from diverse disciplines (history, politics, sociology, philosophy, cultural and media studies, etc.) that address efforts to empower socialism by intellectual, emotional, cultural, political and violent means in the twentieth century.

1917 was a European and global event that reconfigured the possibilities for social change in large part by reconceptualizing the relationship between socialism and power. The new questions and challenges raised by this conjuncture were answered in different places in strikingly different ways, from the USSR to the ‘Nordic Model’ to the movements of the Global South and the postwar New Left to the Chinese way to socialism. Power featured differently in these and other programs for a socialist society. Taking critical stock of these blueprints and visions and how they wrestled with the rupture of 1917 is one of the primary aims of this conference. Conversely, papers might consider the potentialities for such a rupture that predated 1917. Contributions may approach power from the perspective of political and/or military dominance, cultural capital or hegemony, theoretical interventions, gender and racial hierarchies, emotional regimes, or dominant myths, memories, and remembrances — to name a few possible frameworks. We especially invite papers that are comparative, transnational, or global in scope clustered around the four themes of 1) socialist visions of power, 2) socialism and power, 3) socialism in power, 4) legacies of power.

Please send an abstract of 300 words with a short CV to the organizers by October 15, 2016 to:

We expect to have limited funds available to cover travel and accommodation costs. The conference will involve around 15 speakers.

Contact Info:
Jakub Beneš, Oxford University,
Christina Morina, German Studies Institute, University of Amsterdam,

CfP: The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy

The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy Symposium
25-28 April 2017
At Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand

The organizing partners are excited to send out this call for papers inviting submissions to this unique international, multidisciplinary symposium showcasing academic and creative work on the year 1917 and its myriad legacies.

The concept behind the symposium is that key events of 1917 not only influenced the outcome of World War I but continue to be felt today in political, social, cultural, economic, and technological spheres. Using 1917 as a focal point, the Myriad faces symposium will expand outwards to reflect on the significant impact of the Great War and the wider role of war – and peace – in the past and present.

For more information go to:
Call for papers deadline: 1 July 2016

Keynote speakers:
The symposium has drawn together leading international scholars including:

Professor Annette Becker (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Piet Chielens (In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres)
Dr Santanu Das (King’s College London)
Dr Jock Phillips
Professor Michael Neiberg (U.S. Army War College)
Dr. Gorch Pieken (Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr)
Dr Galina Rylkova (University of Florida)
Professor Peter Stanley (University of New South Wales)
Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)

The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy symposium is organised by:

WHAM (War History Heritage Art and Memory) Research Network
Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
The University of Auckland Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau

The symposium is supported by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa