CfP: The War Correspondent in the Latin countries : 1918-1939

International Conference, France – Université d’Angers, May 9-10, 2019
Co-organized with Sorbonne Université and Université Savoie Mont Blanc

What are the foundations and the ideological, political, sociocultural and/or aesthetic and literary expressions which compose the multifaceted figure of the war correspondent during the Interwar Period, particularly in the Latin area – principally Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and their colonies, and Latin America – simultaneously a theater of conflicts and a supplier of correspondents for the rest of the world? How does the figure of a war correspondent differ from that of travel writers ? And to what extent are these two figures comparable or even identical? What were the impacts of the intermediate conflicts of the years 1918-1939 on the renewal of the role and function of war correspondents? And finally, bearing in mind that most of the above-mentioned conflicts were born as consequences of the imperial aims of antiparliamentary regimes with revolutionary designs (colonial wars or anti-colonial resistances, the internationalization of the red, black or brown revolutions, geopolitical tensions between democracies and totalitarian or authoritarian regimes, etc.), could one argue that the war correspondents of this transitional period were the product of these civilizational upheavals; and more particularly, to what extent were they the forerunners of the apprehended disaster of the Second World War, and the Spanish Civil War, – generally considered as its « dress rehearsal »? Although limited to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal (and their colonies) and Latin America, the papers can, of course, explore the question of war correspondents from other geographical areas as well (such as Germany, Great Britain, United States, Soviet Union, etc.), provided they operate within the Latin area.

The abstracts (3000 characters, including blank spaces: French, Italian, English and Spanish as reference languages) must be sent before 15 October 2018 to the following conference organizers : Manuelle Peloille (Université d’Angers), Olivier Dard (Université Paris Sorbonne : Sorbonne Université/Labex EHNE) and Emmanuel Mattiato (Université Savoie Mont Blanc : LLSETI – EA3706) :

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Event: ‘Apparitions at Fatima, 1917-2017: A Century after the “Miracle of the Sun”’, 11 October, Pembroke College

11 October 2017, 17:30-19:30, the Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College

The Apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 represent one of the most controversial acts of public religiosity in the modern era, highlighting complex interactions of sacred and secular beliefs. From humble local beginnings, the events at Fatima achieved global significance during the course of the twentieth century, with interpretations ranging from mass delusion to proof of the apocalypse.

For the centenary of the 13 October 1917 ‘Miracle of the Sun,’ this interdisciplinary event will feature historical and scientific commentary on the apparitions, including discussions of current events in Portugal and the Vatican as well as the upcoming Hollywood film, Fatima, starring Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga.

The event is open to the public, hosted by Pembroke College as part of Oxford’s ‘Globalising and Localising the Great War’ project. Featured speakers include Manus Henry, Associate Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford; and Patrick Houlihan, Research Fellow in History, University of Oxford.