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The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy

Call for papers

April 25, 2017 – April 28, 2017

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarew, Wellington, New Zealand

This symposium examines the year 1917, and expands outwards to reflect on the significant impact of the Great War and associated events, and the way in which particular actions contributed to a reordering of global structures that have reverberated through the intervening century to the present.

Abstracts for papers are due by July 1, 2016. Click here to read the call for papers and for information on how to submit an abstract.

The narrative of 1917 and its legacy is characterised by a multitude of perspectives, practices, cultures, histories, locations, and expressions. The symposium will draw together many of these diverse facets of the war into a shared conceptual space. In keeping with the symposium’s multidisciplinary aspirations, it is anticipated that there will be expressions and performances of visual arts, theatre, poetry, prose and animation along with conventional oral presentations, poster and ‘lightning’ presentations, and panel discussions. The symposium organisers anticipate a wide range of responses to the call for papers reflecting the breadth of disciplinary interests the theme will generate.

Potential symposium themes include:

  • – Myriad faces: a global conflagration
  • – 1917 as a year of historical significance: events and experiences of war and revolution
  • – Forms of remembering: memorials and museums
  • – War art and the arts of war: painting, sculpture, installation, performance, film, poetry, prose and theatre
  • – Propaganda: visual and textual rhetoric
  • – Social transformation: class, race, and gender politics
  • – Peace, neutrality, and dissent
  • The symposium has drawn together leading international scholars including:

  • – Professor Annette Becker (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
  • – Piet Chielens (In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres)
  • – Dr Santanu Das (King’s College London)
  • – Dr Jock Phillips
  • – Professor Michael Neiberg (U.S. Army War College)
  • – Dr Gorch Pieken (Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr)
  • – Dr Galina Rylkova (University of Florida)
  • – Professor Peter Stanley (University of New South Wales)
  • – Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)
  • Symposium registration will open in early September 2016.

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