CFP: The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War International Congress

The First World War, one of the greatest tragedies in the history of humankind, caused the death of millions of people, migrations and change of borders in the Ottoman lands in particular and in the world in general. In this respect, Istanbul University and the Federation of Rumelia-BalkanAssociations regard necessary to raise the issue with an academic perspective.

The congress of “The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War” aims at shedding light on the borders movements during the First World War, their political, military, socio-cultural and economic implications on the societies as well as states

Transportation and accommodation expenses of the participants during the congress will be met by the Organizers. Papers will be presented in English and Turkish. Those who wish to attend to congress with a paper must send the abstracts accordingly up to September 15, 2015. In this context, Participation Form must be filled out completely. The full text of the papers must be submitted via e-mail by November 15, 2015. The papers not delivered up to the announced date will be removed from the congress program.

The congress will be held in Istanbul on 2-4th of December 2015. The papers which are approved by the Scientific Committee and presented in the sessions will be published in the congress proceedings book. We will be pleased by your participation to the Congress of “The Balkans and Migration on the 100th Anniversary of the First World War” with an original paper.

For more information about the congress, please see here.

7 War Memorials that Bear Witness to the Great Loss at Gallipoli

On 25 April 1915, the Allied force launched amphibious landings on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The aim was to control the straits and capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Allied landings, which included French, Australian and New Zealand troops, were heavily opposed by Turkish forces and a trench warfare stalemate followed in extreme heat and appalling conditions. This eventually ended in a disastrous Allied defeat with over 250,000 casualties, including 58,000 dead. Turkish losses were heavier still.

These seven war memorials, are notable among the tens of thousands in every village, town and city in the country for their association with the Gallipoli campaign. Like all war memorials, they are tangible and poignant reminders of events a century ago.

For more information, see here.