Death of Empires Conference on World War I

Страна: США

Город: New York

Тезисы до: 15.07.2015

Даты: 18.09.15 — 19.09.15

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Организаторы: Daemen College


In September 2015, the Departments of English and History & Political Science at Daemen College will host a two-day interdisciplinary conference titled “Death of Empires,” dedicated to exploring the role of the Great War of 1914-18 in dissolving the imperial order and initiating the era of nations. The year is ripe for such an event. As well as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania – a tragedy that signalled the breakdown of distinctions between ‘war front’ and ‘home front’ – 2015 also marks the centenary of the commencement of the Armenian Genocide and the failed Allied invasion of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli. Such moments mark the periphery of conventional narratives of the conflict, yet together they highlight the war’s role in hastening (or initiating – for this is worthy of historical debate) the fragmentation of the global imperial system. By the end of the war, the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman Empires lay in ruins, and while Britain and France still held their colonies, the ideal of national self-determination had achieved momentum in places as remote from each other as Ireland and India. Yet despite the transformative impact of such changes, the Great War occupies a precarious and uneven position in global historical memory. For some societies it is the defining event of their national narratives; in others, it is barely remembered at all. In today’s world, with renewed war on Europe’s eastern periphery, ongoing disputes over the memorialization of conflict, and the violent repudiation of post-First World War state borders by ISIS and others in the Middle East, it is more than ever essential to reflect on the Great War’s long shadow, and to explore from non-traditional perspectives the world it brought into being.

We invite proposals for 90-minute panels and/or 20-minute individual presentations from across the humanities that explore these and related themes, especially as they touch on areas ‘peripheral’ (in both geographical and conceptual terms) to mainstream treatments of the conflict. We encourage speakers to consider the war and/or its memorialization in light of postcolonial thought and feminism, especially as these approaches enable reflection on the gendered and/or raced dimensions of the conflict. Papers should avoid a narrow focus on military history. Topics for consideration will include, but not be limited to:

-          Empires and (post)colonialism

-          Continuity versus rupture

-          Peripheries

-          Home Fronts

-          Gendered perspectives

-          Memory and memorialization

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