The journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, invites submissions for the Fall 2019 issue.

Guest Editor: William Chapman

Sites of war and conflict that symbolize collective loss or that served as pivotal moments in national or global history are sometimes elevated to the status of “heritage.” Battlefields, sites of bombings, or places of terrorist attacks are all marked by human tragedy and acts of violence and their interpretation is inherently conflictual. This issue of Change Over Time examines heritage produced by violent acts of destruction and our efforts to commemorate the complex narratives these sites embody.

To support the interpretation of sites characterized by absence, we have often erected commemorative memorials of various forms from plaques and commissioned statuary to the presentation of charred and damaged remnants of what stood before. Examples featuring the vestiges of physical destruction include: the hull of the USS Arizona, sunk during Japan’s 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor; the skeleton of the domed administrative building that marked the zero point of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945; the stabilized walls of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, a victim of the German Luftwaffe’s November 1940 blitz; and the “Survivors’ Stairs,” the last remaining element of the World Trade Center following its destruction on 11 September 2001. In this issue, we invite contributors to interrogate the types and nature of heritage produced out of war and conflict, the forms of its commemoration, and the challenges associated with its conservation. We encourage contributors to consider the influence of class, politics, and culture in commemorative expressions; the technical and conceptual challenges of conserving objects or places of destruction; inclusive or conflicting (re)interpretation; and evolving perceptions of places over time.

We welcome contributions representing a broad array of geographic, cultural, temporal, and historical contexts that may or may not include vestiges of destruction but that do address the complex attributes of collective place based tragedy. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, case studies, theoretical explorations, and evaluations of current practices or policies as they pertain to the conservation and commemoration of heritage of war and conflict.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 1 August 2018. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by 1 September 2018. Final manuscript submissions will be due late November 2018.

Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See Author Guidelines for full details at, or email Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong at for further information.

CFP: EAA 2015 Session: Dark Heritage – the Archaeology of Internment and Forced Wartime Migration

21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Glasgow 2-5 September 2015

Deadline for submissions: 16 February 2015
Call for papers link here.

Last year’s EAA conference session ‘Archaeologies of War(s)’ considered a century of conflict from a perspective focused mainly, though not exclusively, on battlefield archaeology. The last one hundred years has also seen the making of war on civilians developed to an unprecedented level and it is perhaps timely to contemplate the cultural legacy of civilian detention, internment and forced migration which has become a significant aspect of industrialised and sometimes global war. Systematised restriction of civilian populations, sometimes involving privation and even mistreatment, was by no means a new departure at the onset of WWI, and was pursued with still greater purpose during WWII. Even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has not entirely prevented 21st century iterations of such behaviours, particularly where political and terrorist issues are involved.The deliberate displacement, concentration and incarceration of mass populations had many side-effects which have left varied physical and cultural legacies among both victims and perpetrators. For most it was a shocking or sometimes even fatal experience; for others an opportunity to seek diversions which resulted in extraordinary cultural and artistic achievement. For those responsible it has led variously to guilt, redemption, cover-up and acknowledgement. In many cases there is a distinctive residue of sudden mixing or removal of peoples and their material and ephemeral cultures.We consider the archaeological, museological and interpretative consequences of this dark heritage through contributions focused mainly, though not exclusively, on internment and forced displacement during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Further information here.

German-British Conference: Movements for Peace in 1914

Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Oxford with the Baptist Historical Society
A German-British Conference Commemorating the Founding in 1914 of the World Alliance for Promoting Friendship through the Churches
Saturday 6 December 2014 at Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB, 10am – 4.30pm
Conference attendance costs £10, payable on the day. Please register by emailing to secure your place.

Further information: CBHH_Peace Movements in 1914_Programme.