CFP: Visual Culture and Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe

University of Newcastle (Australia), 18-19 June 2018.

Central and Eastern Europe have been both the site of numerous local conflicts and the battleground of some of the largest conflicting ideologies of the eighteenth – twentieth centuries. The symposium aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to examine how these conflicts in their various forms (such as social, economic, religious, ethnonational, imperial, and ideological) have been represented in diverse visual media (including, but not restricted to, painting, photography, film, cartoons, caricatures, museum displays, maps and graphs). Themes papers might address include:

How does visual culture contribute to or mitigate conflict?
Are there distinct Central and Eastern European cultures of representation of conflict, be they national, imperial, religious, etc.?
How have ideological and regime shifts shaped representations of conflict?
Conversely, do visual cultures transcend ideological and regime shifts?
What role have the sciences, e.g. cartography, ethnography, and physical anthropology, played in shaping representations of conflict?
How has visual culture been use to elide and disguise conflict?

We intend to publish a themed issue with a scholarly journal from the conference. Potential contributors may contribute to the themed issue without attending the symposium.

This symposium is hosted by the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle (Australia), in cooperation with the Antipodean East European Study Group (AEESG) at Victoria University (Wellington).

Please send abstracts to: by 15 April 2018.

CfP: ISFWWS: Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War, Melbourne July 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018 to Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Deakin Downtown, 2 Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

Following the success of the Oxford conference in November 2016, we are delighted to announce that the 10th conference of the International Society for First World War Studies will be held in Melbourne, Australia – our first to be held in the southern hemisphere!

We are thrilled that Professor Joan Beaumont of the Australian National University, and Professor Michael Roper of the University of Essex will be keynote speakers.


The ways in which contemporaries recorded the First World War have inevitably shaped the kinds of histories we have produced over the last century. The war was being recorded and archived as it happened – and for decades after – for particular reasons and particular purposes. The processes of recording and archiving have bequeathed in different times and places alternately a very rich, very partial, and very prejudiced record of conflict and its legacies.

This conference revisits the creation, recreation and transmission of knowledge about the war, especially in comparative and transnational frames. It encourages analysis of media presentations of the war during and after the fighting, the place of official and unofficial historians, networks of private knowledge, the development of oral histories, the work of family historians, collectors, archivists, curators and librarians, in order to understand how the war has been reconceptualised over time, and how the records of war facilitate or inhibit new perspectives.

Potential themes for conference panels and presentations are:

o Production, preservation and transmission of the records of war over time
o Archives, museums and the shaping of a record of war
o Military analyses and uses of the First World War
o Press, propaganda and the record of war
o Official and unofficial representations of war
o Family history and intergenerational transmission of the war
o Creating and accessing knowledge of war in a digital era
o Recording and archiving the centenary
o Fiction, film and popular consumption of the war

Submission Guidelines

Presenters will deliver twenty-minute papers followed by discussion. Proposals should be approximately 300 words in length. Applications should also be accompanied by a short biography. Panel proposals are welcome.

The working language of the conference and all submissions is English. The organisers intend to publish an edited collection from selected presentations.

Submission Email Address:
Closing Date for Submissions: 30 September 2017
Further information here.
Download call for papers: CFP Final

‘Children of the Great War’ film screening and Q & A

IT Services and Age Exchange are pleased to invite you to a screening of the film installation ‘Children of the Great War’.

Thursday 23rd April, 5- 6:30 pm at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

The film is based on memories and experiences of children and grandchildren of those who lived through the First World War. The material was collected and collated by the reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange as part of their project ‘Children of the Great War’. The screening will be preceded by a short presentation about the project and followed by a Q & A with the artists involved. Wine and nibbles will be provided.

The event is free, but places are limited. For catering purposes, we would be most grateful if you could kindly confirm whether you can attend by booking online at or by calling: 01865 273253; or by emailing Sarah Wilkin at IT Services directly.

You can find out more about the Children of the Great War project here.

The focus of the 18 month project has been on memories and experiences of the Great War passed down through families and across communities. The project, funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund, has included a range of activities such as reminiscence projects, intergenerational workshops, filming and recording of group and individual interviews sharing personal heritage. A series of open days have also been held where the public have been invited to contribute family history, images and text to the Europeana 1914-18 International archive. The Education Enhancement team, University of Oxford, has had the pleasure to provide training and support to project staff and be involved in some of the collection events.

POMP/ESC World War I Film Seminar Series

“The End of St Petersburg”
(Soviet Union, 1927) by Vsevolod Pudovkin

Introduced by David Priestland (Faculty of History, St Edmund Hall, Oxford)

Convenor: Mikolaj Kunicki (Faculty of History, St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Thursday 13th November, 5 pm.

Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford