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Konferenz: Vermessung einer Zeitenschwelle: Die Bedeutung des Jahres 1918 in europäischer und globaler Perspektive
3. bis 6. November 2018
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Festsaal, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
https://www.oeaw.ac.at/zeitenschwelle1918/
 
Symposium: 1918 - Das letzte Kriegsjahr
9. November 2018, 9:00 bis 16:30 Uhr
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien, Arsenal, 1030 Wien
Um Anmeldung wird bis 5. 11. 2018 gebeten: Tel.: +43 (1)79 56 110-60101, oder per Mail an einladungen@hgm.at
Programm: http://www.viennapan.org/Einladungen_2018/Einladung_09_11_2018.pdf
 
Tagung: 1918 – 2018. Das Ende des Großen Krieges und das östliche Europa
13. November 2018, 11 bis 17 Uhr
Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tiergartenstraße 35, 10785 Berlin
Anmeldung bis 6. November unter: www.kas.de/1918
Themenabend: Zwischen Trauer und Triumph. Der Untergang des Habsburgerreiches 1918 im Spiegel der Literatur
Vortrag von Pieter Judson und anschließende Podiumsdiskussion
26.11.2018, 18:00
Hauptbücherei am Gürtel, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2A, 1150 Wien
http://www.kulturforum.info/de/startseite-de/1000014-veranstaltungen/event/1022960-zwischen-trauer-und-triumph
 
Konferenz: Aufbruch zu Demokratie und Nationalstaatlichkeit in Mittel- und Ostmitteleuropa? Aktuelle Forschungen mit Fokus auf die lokale Ebene (1917-1923)
03.12.2018-04.12.2018
Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung, TU Dresden
Helmholtzstraße 6, 01069 Dresden
 

 

August

Konferenz: "To End All Wars?" Geopolitical Aftermath and Commemorative Legacies of the First World War
Research Centre In Flanders Fields Museum, Sint-Maartensplein 3 8900 Ieper
22.08.2018-25.08.2018

https://www.teaw.be/

 

Mai/Juni

Konferenz: Zerfall, Trauma und Triumph. Das Epochenjahr 1918 und sein Nachleben in Zentral-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa
23.05.2018-25.05.2018, Wien, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1010 Wien, Sonnenfelsgasse 19
Johann Gottfried Herder-Forschungsrat, Marburg, und Institut für Kulturwissenschaft und Theatergeschichte der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
http://www.herder-forschungsrat.de/veranstaltung/artikel/zerfall-trauma-und-triumph-das-epochenjahr-1918-und-sein-nachleben-in-zentral-ostmittel-und-sued-1/
 
Vortrag: Nähe trotz Distanz. Ein Versuch zum Versuch der emotionalen Kommunikation im Ersten Weltkrieg
Philipp Nielsen (New York) wird dabei über Funktionen von Fotografien und Feldpost in der Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs sprechen, wozu er Quellen von jüdische Familien aus dem Leo-Baeck-Institut ausgewertet hat.
Zeit: Fr., 25. Mai 2018, 15.00-17.00 Uhr
Ort: Lesesaal der FB Geschichtswissenschaften, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien
Weitere Informationen dazu im Salon 21: http://www.univie.ac.at/Geschichte/salon21/?p=33465
 
Workshop: „Die Julikrise 1914 – Revisited“
Freitag, 8. Juni 2018, 14 Uhr s.t.
Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Hörsaal
1090 Wien, Spitalgasse 2/Hof 3.2, Universitätscampus
Programm
 
CfP: No End to War
28.03.2018-25.01.2019, Manchester, University of Manchester
Centre for the Cultural History of War, University of Manchester; War, Conflict and Society Research Group, Manchester Metropolitan University; Legacies of War Project, University of Leeds
Deadline: 18.05.2018
Confirmed Speakers: Prof. John Horne (TCD, Emeritus), Prof. Robert Gerwarth (UCD), Prof. Alison Fell (Leeds)
Europe’s post-war transition of 1918/1919 has received new scholarly attention in light of the First World War centenary. There has been a recent attempt to contextualise this transition, and to understand how the period after 1918 witnessed both continuing traces of violence and a renewed focus on caregiving. Particularly relevant are the ways in which, across Europe, the war gave rise not only to paramilitary violence, civil unrest, and military occupation, but also new cultures of humanitarianism. This conference aims to act as an intellectual and public intervention in the discussions of 2018 and 2019, and engage with key issues in the cultural history of the transition from war to peace.
This conference seeks to stimulate dialogue between historians of post-war violence, occupation, caregiving and humanitarianism, and contribute to a new integrated history of the aftermath of the First World War. We invite papers on any nation or region, and particularly encourage comparative and transnational approaches. Major topics of discussion will include:
- Paramilitaries and Paramilitary Violence
- Post-War Military Occupations and Transfers of Occupation
- Demobilisation and Demilitarisation
- Post-War Incarceration
- POW Returns
- Forced Displacement
- Humanitarianism
- Nursing and Medicine
- Cultural Representations of Violence and Care
Within these parameters, the conference seeks to range broadly over the interrelationship of violence and care in the aftermath of the First World War, but potential questions include:
- What new humanitarian cultures and practices did the ‘wars after the war’ provoke? What pre-war ideas and practices persisted?
- How instrumental were ex-servicemen in spreading cultures of care and violence after 1918?
- In what ways did post-war paramilitarism and humanitarianism intersect?
- How successfully were returning POWs cared for and rehabilitated?
- How violent were the Allied occupations of Germany and the Ottoman Empire after 1918?
- In what ways did the injured and disabled challenge social reintegration?
- The family as site of care and violence: what new challenges did families face after 1918?
- How significant was local activism in shaping transnational networks?
- What insights can we gain from examining the role of individuals as agents of humanitarianism?
- How did the creative arts and languages serve populations coming to terms with survival, loss and continued violence?
- How were images of human suffering mobilised by humanitarian activists?
- Which victims of war or agents of humanitarianism are remembered (and forgotten)? Why were some voices weakened or silenced?
- How have museums and practitioners in the field of cultural heritage curated and communicated the complexities of violence and care in the wake of war to public audiences?
Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and submissions from post-graduate and postdoctoral scholars are particularly encouraged. Please send a 300 word abstract and 1 page CV to NoEndToWar@gmail.com by 18 May, 2018.
 
CFP: Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments - International Conference about the First World War
16.07.2018-18.07.2018, Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Australia
Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle (Australia)
Deadline: 20.05.2018
Aim of the conference:
A century after the end of the First World War, this conference is an occasion to reflect on international relations and entanglements during the global conflict. The conference aims to challenge Eurocentric views of the war and focus instead on its transnational and global face. The aim is to bring together an international group of scholars working on transnational and international fields and aspects of the war, such as diplomacy, rivalry between war partners, secret diplomacy or commemoration.
After the success of a first conference at the University of Zurich (31 January-2 February 2018) (https://globalwarzurich2018.wordpress.com/), this second conference will attempt to integrate a wider range of perspectives into the global scope. A special focus will be on scholarship from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Topics:
We welcome a wide-range of papers, including critical reflections, and papers that deal with European theatres of war and inter-European entanglements. Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
- International Relations
- Cooperation and Rivalry between War Partners
- Alliances
- Networks, NGOs, Red Cross, Transnational companies
- Visions of Post-War Future, Peace and Order
- Transition from War to Peace (Global War, Local Peace)
- Global War – Global Actors – Local Actors
- Commemoration (transnational)
- Revolutions, Ruptures and Turning Points
- Knowledge transfer, secret diplomacy and intelligence services
Confirmed keynote speakers are: Prof. Peter Stanley (Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, University of NSW Canberra) "Global war; national narratives: encounters in a World War."; Prof. Roger Marwick (Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle, Australia): "The Weakest Links: War, Revolution, and Counter-Revolution in Eurasia, 1914-1921."
Scientific Committee: PD Dr. Daniel Marc Segesser (University of Bern); Prof. Roger Markwick (University of Newcastle); Prof. Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle and University of Zurich)
Organizers: Thomas Schmutz (University of Newcastle; University of Zurich), Bryce Abraham (University of Newcastle); Honae Cuffe
(University of Newcastle); Sebastian Willert (TU Berlin) and Rowan Light (University of Canterbury, Christchurch).
How to apply
Please send an abstract of 300-350 words for a 20-minute paper and a short biography (max. 150 words) in a single Word document to
globalwarconference.newcastle@gmail.com  by Sunday 20 May 2018. Presenters will be required to submit a short version of their paper (2,000-3,000 words) by Saturday 30 June for circulation prior to the conference. We hope to publish the proceedings in a special issue of a refereed journal as well as in an edited collection of essays. 
General Information
Conference Venue: NeW Space, the new city campus in the heart of Newcastle, close to the harbour and beach area. Travel to venue: International Airport Newcastle and Shuttle Bus or by train from Central Station Sydney.

CfP: The End of an Era: World War One and the Birth of a New World Order
Babeş-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Academy – Center for Transylvanian Studies,  and the History Institute – Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Cluj-Napoca, 18-21 October 2018
Deadline: for Panel Proposals 15.3.2018 / for Paper Proposals 30.5.2018
The Great War completely changed geopolitical borders, economic systems, social structures, technology, and mentalities. Four great empires disappeared from the world map, and upon their ruins new states with new frontiers emerged. The political order of Europe, but also of other parts of the world, was deeply restructured. The Great War therefore shook the social order of the world. The aristocracy lost its dominant position, and the middle classes and workers began to claim an increasingly important role in society.The enormous number of casualties caused by the war also created emancipation opportunities for women: access to higher education, positions previously reserved for men only, or the right to vote in some states of the world. The very way of fighting a war underwent irreversible changes – the old weapons and strategies were replaced by others in which technology played an essential role, and cavalry attacks were replaced by tanks, planes and submarines.
For Romania, the end of the war meant a huge chance to unite all the Romanian historical provinces within the borders of the same state, and to rebuild itself as a genuine regional power. The centenary of this pivotal moment for the Romanian people provides a good opportunity for a retrospective approach and re-evaluation of this event whose lasting effect still makes itself felt in some areas today.
We invite papers focusing on the following possible topics:
    Woodrow Wilson and Wilsonianism;
    The geopolitical reorganization of Europe at the end of the Great War;
    The birth of Great Romania in 1918;
    The emergence of new state formations and their international acknowledgment;
    Alliances at the end of the war;
    Changes in political thinking after the Great War;
    The economic effects of the war;
    The impact of war on social classes; revolutionary movements;
    The Great War and the premise of technological and industrial advancement;
    One century later: the lasting consequences of the Great War.
Proposals are not restricted to these suggestions. We invite individual presentations, thematic sections/ panels, roundtable discussions in accordance with the rules and calendar of the conference. The official languages of the conference are Romanian and English.
For more information, calls, registration see the website: http://wwi2018.conference.ubbcluj.ro/
 
CfP: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order
Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP), LABEX EHNE, Commission d'histoire des relations internationales, 05.06.2019-08.06.2019, Paris
Deadline: 01.06.2018
The Peace Conference held in Paris in the aftermath of the Great War remains among the most important yet also most controversial events in modern history. Although it is often considered to have made a second global war all but inevitable, it has also been praised for providing the basis for an enduring peace that was squandered recklessly by poor international leadership during the 1930s.
A major international conference will take place in Paris in June 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the 1919 Conference from a global perspective. The purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War. A remarkably wide range of actors in Paris – from political leaders, soldiers and diplomats to colonial nationalist envoys and trade unionists, economists, women's associations and ordinary citizens – produced a wide array of proposals for a future international and, indeed, global order. These proposals were often based on vastly different understandings of world politics. They went beyond the articulation of specific national security interests to make claims about the construction and maintenance of peace and the need for new norms and new institutions to achieve this aim. To what extent the treaties and their subsequent implementation represented a coherent order remains a question of debate.
By ‘order’, we mean in the first instance, the articulation and development of systematic ideas, institutions and practices aimed at promoting a durable peace that would deliver security, economic recovery and social justice. This
distinguishes thinking about ‘order’ from discussions of ‘national interests’ - though there was of course overlap between these two modes of thinking about future international relations. Second, we are interested in ‘order’ as an analytical concept in its own right. This encourages historians to identify, as Paul Schroeder has urged, the shared rules, assumptions, and understandings about a particular set of political relations and to show how specific decisions reflect the norms of the order.
Emphasising the preoccupation of peace-makers with the problem of world order broadens the scope of the familiar questions and debates that have dominated the literature on the Peace Conference. It also opens the way for posing new questions and for thinking about more familiar questions in new ways. We therefore invite papers addressing the following questions:
  1) What were the different conceptions of political, economic and social order advocated at the Paris Conference? What was the relationship between different ideas about the international order, such as a system based on national self-determination and one based on the rule of law? Were there broad overarching conceptions of an international order, such as liberal or socialist internationalism, that could accommodate more narrowly focused ideas such as free trade or labour rights? How did people conceive of the relationships between self-interest and order? What role did power politics play in conceptions of international order? Were the absentees from Paris – notably the Germans and the Bolsheviks – able to shape the debate about the emerging international order?
  2) What were the origins of these different ideas about order? Why was there such an interest in the systematic development of particular orders both during and after the war? Who produced ideas about order, and why?
What was in particular the role of NGOs and ordinary citizens? Can an approach based on different ‘generations’ of international actors illuminate this problem in new ways? Was the idea of ‘order’ a reaction to international politics before and during the war? Or did it represent a continuity with certain strands of thinking about international politics that pre-dated the outbreak of war in 1914? What was the relationship between the articulation of war aims and ideas about post-war order?
  3) To what extent did contending visions of an international order shape the peace treaties? Did the organization and proceedings of the Conference reflect tensions between the national, the regional and the global? What
was the role of regional orders in shaping broader conceptions of a new world order? To what extent did discourses concerning new regional orders reflect fundamental changes in the conceptualization of world politics? To what extent were they a repackaging of the more familiar themes of empire or spheres of influence?
  4) How were the peace treaties legitimated to domestic and international audiences? Were subsequent negotiations on the implementation and revision of the peace treaties shaped by the profound debates about international politics that took place before and during the Peace Conference? Were conceptions of international order systematically subordinated to concerns about national security? Conversely, to what extent can it be argued that the Paris Peace Conference produced or contributed to a disorder in European politics that led ultimately to the Second World War?
  5) What was the impact of the Paris Peace Conference on views of world order based on gender, class and race? How did women, workers and colonial subjects respond to the peace conference and what was its impact on the emergence of alternative voices in international affairs? Whose voices were heard at Paris in 1919 and whose remained silent or were silenced?
  6) What political and diplomatic practices were implied in these various conceptions of international order? To what extent did these practices shape the course of international relations after 1919? Did the intellectual debate and political experience of the Paris Peace Conference play a role in shaping a future generation of leaders (such as Jean Monnet and John Foster Dulles)?
  The Conference organizers aim to ensure the conference provides a global perspective on the Paris Peace Conference. We are therefore particularly keen to receive proposals from scholars working on topics pertaining to the non-western world. The organisers anticipate securing limited financial resources to support delegates' participation in the conference.
The conference languages will be English and French. Regardless of language, all proposals will receive serious consideration

 Kontakt: Axel Dröber, Deutsches Historisches Institut,8 rue du Parc Royal, F-75003 Paris
adroeber@dhi-paris.fr

CFP: The First World War in Italy and Beyond. History, Legacy and Memory (1918-2018)
Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy
30.11.2018-01.12.2018, London, Italian Institute of Culture, London
Deadline: 01.06.2018
Call for papers and panels
The conference will explore the history, legacy and memory of the First World War in Italy from 1918 to 2018. As the War was one of the formative experiences of the modern Italian nation, the aim is to place the conflict in a longer chronological perspective and to highlight its lasting impact from a range of viewpoints. Drawing on recent innovations in the historiography, the conference will shift focus away from the battlefields towards hitherto neglected areas of study, including the experience of civilians and everyday life, the transition from war to peace, and the post-war climate and reconstruction. It will shed light on how the memory of WWI shaped Italy's national identity and served political ends during the Fascist period and after the Second World War. The intention is also to escape the confines of national historiography by placing Italy in comparative and transnational contexts. Thus, the centenary presents an opportunity to look with fresh eyes at the mark left by the War on the history, politics and society of Italy.
We welcome proposals from scholars working in a variety of disciplines including history, literature, film, politics, anthropology, art, economics, sociology and geography.
Panels might include, but are not limited to:
- The immediate aftermath of WW1 (1918–1922) and the rise of social conflict, political violence and Fascism
- The creation of the League of Nations and the emergence of pacifism, humanitarianism and internationalism
- The experience of veterans in the post-war period
- New historiographical approaches to the study of Italy and WW1
- Global, transnational and comparative perspectives
- Local, regional and national experiences
- Gender, both femininity and masculinity
- Family and societal ties
- Changes to ideas of nationhood, democracy, citizenship and community after WW1
- The legacy of WWI under Fascism
- Parallels between the aftermath of WW1 and the aftermath of WW2
- The material heritage of the War: monuments, memorials and cemeteries
- Italy's commemorations of the centenary in national or transnational contexts
The organizers welcome proposals for individual papers and for panels composed of 3 speakers. They reserve the right to break up and re-structure proposed panels.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Dr. Marco Mondini (University of Padua, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento) - Author of numerous bestselling books on Italy and WW1, including most recently Il Capo. La Grande Guerra del generale Luigi Cadorna (Il Mulino 2017) and La guerra italiana. Partire, raccontare, tornare 1914-18 (Il Mulino 2014). He is a frequent contributor to programmes on Rai Storia, e.g. http://www.raistoria.rai.it/articoli/cadorna-il-capo/32462/default.aspx
Prof. Gunda Barth Scalmani (University of Innsbruck) - Author of numerous works on Italian-Austrian relations and the experiences of women during WWI, including Ein Krieg - Zwei Schützengräben, Österreich - Italien und der Erste Weltkrieg in den Dolomiten 1915–1918 (Bozen 2005) and Militärische und zivile Kriegserfahrungen 1914–1918 (Innsbruck, 2010).
Please send an abstract of max. 250 words and a short biography to asmi.conference1918@gmail.com
The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 1 June 2018
Organising Committee: Selena Daly (University College Dublin), Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (University College London), Hannah Malone (Freie Universität Berlin), Martina Salvante (University of Warwick)
 
CFP: 1918 - The Old World is Dead, Long Live the New One? 5th conference from the series Hobnailed Years in the Battlefields 1914-1918
Military History Institute Prague, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
18.09.2018-20.09.2018, Prague, representative premises of the Government of the Czech Republic in the Liechtenstein Palace, U Sovových mlýnu 506/4, Prague 1
Deadline: 29.06.2018
The Central Powers entered the closing act of the war conflict with hope that with the last blow they might enforce peace according to their own ideas. Like when gamblers, in the final desperate move, bet not only the very last they have on a single card, but get fatally indebted, too. No wonder that the hinterland, the greatest creditor of the belligerent countries, lost patience and refused any further sacrifice after the failure on the front. Hardship, losses and accumulated grievances of the previous years exposed the compromised state authorities to the pressure, which could no longer be resisted. This war has buried the old world – without a requiem.
New authorities have risen in the chaos of the defeat, which competed for the opportunity to build a new world on the ruins of the old one. How to bring harmony into the society derailed by the war? How to remedy the damage to the bodies and souls of the millions of inhabitants affected by the war? And many other obvious and less apparent tasks awaited the grieving or fortunate heirs of the world of yesterday. The deeply engraved gashes have left distinct scars and unhealed wounds, which resounded ominously even years later.
The fifth in the sequence of conferences, it intends to maintain the broad thematic spectre and multifarious composition of contributions attempting to sketch the image of the final year of the war joust.
Composing the programme of the conference, we will prioritise contributions dedicated to the following subject matters:
- diplomacy
- coalition warfare
- peace initiatives
- strategy
- war aims
- conduct of war
- combat tactics
- military operations
- organization and replacement of troops
- demobilization
- prisoners of war
- war losses
- war crimes
- military health services
- internal politics
- life behind the lines
- civil associations and organizations
- resistance movements
- state administration and self-government
- economy
- social care
- propaganda and public opinion
- art
- science and technology
This conference will also provide the opportunity to introduce research and documentation projects concerning the First World War (e.g. digitisation of sources and literature, creation of databases and other applications).
The annotations of papers to be sent together with a brief CV of the author at the latest by 29 June 2018 to the address: konference@vhu.cz.
The Military History Institute Prague reserves the right to modify the programme of the conference depending on the number and structure of entered papers. The presented contributions will be published in a separate publication.
The languages used during the conference are Czech, English and German.
 
 
 

April

Konferenz: Das lange Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs. Europa zwischen gewaltsamer Neuordnung und Nationalstaatsbildung
21.04.2018, Erfurt, Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Andreasstraße, Andreasstraße 37a
Stiftung Ettersberg, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen
http://www.stiftung-ettersberg.de/forschung/wissenschaftliche-tagesseminare/
 
Forschungskolloquium: Krieg und Psychiatrie. Lebensbedingungen und Sterblichkeit in österreichischen Heil- und Pflegeanstalten im Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg
Mittwoch, 25. April 2018, 13:00 – 17:15
Schloss Hartheim, Schlossstraße 1 | A-4072 Alkoven | www.schloss-hartheim.at
Es wird um Anmeldung bis spätestens 20.04.2018 gebeten: office@schloss-hartheim.at | +43-(0)7274-6536-546

Programm

CFP: The end of the empires. Formation of the post-war order in Central and Eastern Europe in 1918-1923
22.11.2018-23.11.2018, Wroclaw, Oratorium Marianum (University of Wroclaw), pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-001 Wroclaw
Deadline: 15.04.2018
The Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław and the Institute of National Remembrance in Wrocław are honoured to invite you to participate in an international conference titled The end of the empires. Formation of post-war order in Central and Eastern Europe in 1918-1923, to be held in Wrocław on 22-23 November 2018. The starting point for the discussion will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the restoration of Poland’s independence. The organizers also intent to focus on the state-forming processes of nations forged from the ruins of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires in the context of shaping the eastern border of the Polish state.
World War I resulted in the final collapse of the „Viennese order”, which not only necessitated a search for other paths to consensus, but also created conditions for the new states that emerged on the foundations of the 19th-century processes involved in forming nations. The defeat of the occupying forces gave Poland the independence it longed for, but the „awakening” of nations that remained part of the First Republic led to a revision of existing relations and adoption of a full spectrum of attitudes ranging from cooperation and acceptance to conflict. Internal transformations in Russia and Germany, which became either enemy or an ally in the independence aspirations of the young republics, played a tremendous role. International conditions and the positions of Western states were also crucial.
During the sessions we propose focusing on the following issues:
1) in the face of a new order in europe:
– Germany’s defeat, the collapse of the Russian Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire;
– „fighting for independence”; the process of building new state structures against the backdrop of the international situation;
– the impact of international law on transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: (the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Wilson’s Fourteen Points, the Treaty of Versailles, the Treaty of Riga, meetings of the Council of Ambassadors);
2) new states and their internal problems:
– political aspects (conflicts resulting from different concepts and modes of action, building a state apparatus);
– military aspects (fighting for state borders, supplying armies, military cooperation);
– economic aspects ((re)construction of the economic basis for the functioning of the state);
– social aspects (attitudes of the population, the issue of national identity, everyday life);
3) implementation of independence aspirations and relations between states:
– political aspirations and conceptions for shaping the borders of the state and relations with new neighbors;
– the attitudes of Russia and Germany towards the changes taking place on the map of the Eastern Europe;
– cooperation between nations in the struggle for their own state and regional security.
The issues listed above are intended to suggest the main directions of discussion and provide inspiration to attendees, but other proposals related to the central theme of the conference are also welcome.
There is no conference fee, and conference materials, meals (lunches, coffee breaks, official dinner), and accommodations will be provided. In addition, travel costs will be co-financed for lecturers from abroad.
The proposal (in English, Ukrainian, Polish or Russian) should be submitted via the registration form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKutrxYvhBzGXFP9k-GyX3dTGtqCtOUM1DdqRttoCUyI-3QA/viewform?usp=sf_link
 

Februar / März

Vortrag: Habsburgs letzter Krieg – Bilder zwischen Propaganda und Aufklärung
Vortragende: Dr. Hannes Leidinger, Dr. Anton Holzer 
Dienstag, 27. Februar 2018, 18:00 Uhr
Getränke & Networking ab ca. 19:30 Uhr
Theater Akzent, Theresianumgasse 18, 1040 Wien
Eintritt frei!
Aufgrund des hohen Publikumsinteresses ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich: Réka Ficsór, Tel.: 01 / 505 70 44 oder via E-Mail: ficsor@prd.at
Nähere Informationen zu den Vorträgen: https://www.fwf.ac.at/de/service/kalender/veranstaltung/kid/20180227-981/
 
CfP: The First World War at Sea: Conflict, culture and commemoration
London, 08.11.2018 - 10.11.2018
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK
Deadline: 01.03.2018
This conference will explore the First World War at sea through wide-ranging themes designed to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research and new perspectives on the subject. Focused on both naval and mercantile contexts, the conference will also place the experience of the maritime war within the historical setting of the years preceding and following the conflict.
Social history:
- The human experience of maritime conflict
- Explorations of the war at sea from perspectives of class, rank, race, age, gender or sexuality
- Explorations of the war at sea from imperial and global perspectives
Operational history:
- The "undramatic" duties of naval warfare: blockade, minelaying, reconnaissance, trade protection, power projection
- Naval wartime roles around the globe
- The wartime duties of the merchant marine
- Technology and the war at sea
Institutional history:
- The wartime training of naval officers and ratings
- The impact of war on naval hierarchies and ideas of leadership
- Institutional lessons learned, navies and the Second World War
- The impact of the war on the merchant marine
Cultural history:
- Public opinion and media coverage relating to the navies/merchant marine before, during and after the conflict
- Cultural constructions of maritime heroism, and their relationship to pre-war touchstones, from Nelson to Scott
Memory and commemoration:
- Remembering the war at sea: memorials, memoirs and material culture
- Family history and the legacy of maritime war
- Restoring the naval heroic: cinema, novels, pageants and museums
- Themes, events and people that commemoration left unremembered
Please submit proposals of 300 words for individual papers, along with a short CV to research@rmg.co.uk
We welcome submissions from academics, local historians and community group projects.
 
CfP: The Effects of World War I on the Christian Churches in Europe, 1918-1925
Rome 12-14.11.2018
Research network on Christianity, Culture and Society in Contemporary Europe (CCSCE) and KADOC-KU Leuven
Deadline: 01.03.2018
This workshop will adopt an international comparative approach to study the effects of the Great War on institutionalized Christian religion (eg. Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches) in the immediate aftermath of the war. How did churches perceive the war and the immediate post-war period? What was the impact on Christian theology and culture? How did churches interact with the belligerent nation states and how did they cope with the changing (geo)political situation after the war? What were their ecclesiologi­cal, pastoral and liturgical challenges after the armistices? Did they adopt a defensive stance towards secularization, or did they intensify their dialogue with modernity? To what extent did they move towards a pastoral policy of social healing and offer a welcome to Christian pacifism and ecumenism?
The workshop wishes to stimulate innovative research on the interaction between religion and society in the difficult years between the end of the war and the mid-1920s. It explicitly adopts an interdenominational and international comparative perspective, stimulating a multifaceted and in-depth analysis, with due attention to methodological questions. It wants to combine the results of different fields of historical research: the history of churches and religions, cultural, intellectual, social and political history, etc. Although well-chosen case-studies with a focus on, for instance, particular regional/national contexts, or specific denominations, organizations or individuals can surely offer valuable insights, the organizers especially aim for papers that deal with the issues concerned from a broad comparative perspective. They should contribute to a better understanding of the changing nature of religious cultures across Europe. Although the workshop will deal in particular with the immediate post-war years (1918-mid 1920s), contributors are encouraged to adopt a broader chronological perspective of continuity and discontinuity in evaluating the results of their analysis for the period at hand.
The workshop will bring together senior academics as well as junior doctoral researchers in a scientific dialogue on the subject. Introductory keynote lectures from established researchers and thematic sessions will structure the multi-layered perspective as well as the comparative baseline.
The main conference and discussion language will be English, but papers in other languages are accepted as well. In that case, the organizers do ask for an English summary and an English or bilingual PowerPoint or other presentation.
Proposals should be submitted as PDF documents and should contain the following: a clear title of the proposed paper; a summary (max. 500 words), outlining the paper’s goals, methodology and source materials; CV(s) of author(s), with contact information, position and institutional affiliation.
These abstracts should be attached and emailed to the work-shop secretary (kristien.suenens@kadoc.kuleuven.be) no lat-er than 1 March 2018. You should receive a confirmation of proposal receipt within 48 hours. The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Scientific Committee based on topic relevance, innovativeness and the degree to which the proposal answers the call. Notification of the evaluation will occur no later than 1 April 2018. Full papers should be sent to the workshop organizers no later than 1 October 2018.
More information: https://kadoc.kuleuven.be/actueel/nieuwsberichten/2017/n_2017_0108
 

Jänner

Konferenz 1918/2018 - Internierung im Ersten Weltkrieg in Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien/British Empire: Transkulturalität - Cultures croisées - Entangled History als internationales Kulturerbe heute
11.01.2018-12.01.2018, Regensburg, Hinter der Grieb und Pindl Gymnasium
https://mitten-im-krieg-1914-18.net/vortraege-und-veranstaltungshinweise/
 
Vortrag: Die Polen und Österreich-Ungarn im Ersten Weltkrieg (1914-1918) (Dr. Jakub Forst-Battaglia)
TERMIN: 25. Jänner 2018, 18:30 Uhr
ORT: Polnische Akademie der Wissenschaften – Wissenschaftliches Zentrum in Wien, 1030 Wien, Boerhaavegasse 25
http://www.viennapan.org/Einladungen_2018/Einladung_25_01_2018.pdf
 
Konferenz Mittel- und Osteuropa nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg
31.01.2018-02.02.2018, Berlin, Botschaft der Slowakischen Republik (Hildebrandstraße 25, 10785 Berlin)
Europäisches Netzwerk Erinnerung und Solidarität, Warschau; Bundesinstitut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen
Europa, Oldenburg

Anmeldung bis 25. Januar 2018 unter: http://cas.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/postWWIconference/

CfP: The Local and the Regional Dimensions of 1918/19. A Comparison
Organisation: Boris Barth, Ota Konrád (Charles University, Prague), Oswald Ueberegger (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Rudolf Kučera (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, Prague)
Place: Prague, Villa Lanna
Date: 4.-6. 10. 2018
Deadline: 31. 1. 2018
After the end of the Great War 1918 and the Paris peace conferences that followed, a new but unstable international political system was established in Europe. Especially in Central and Eastern Europe, historians have often analyzed this system in the context of the new nation-states that emerged. The transition from an imperial order to one based on nations has been at the center of attention as well. For the past few years, however, a new tendency can be found in historical research, which more strongly than before highlights the local and/or regional dimensions of these processes. This trend may be a counter-reaction to the rise of global studies and global history. This trend in European comparative history studies will be addressed at an upcoming conference now being prepared in Prague.
After the War, in many regions and among rather different social groups, the state lost its legitimacy as an institution. In other countries, governmental authority had ceased to exist altogether. All governments were confronted with the problem of reestablishing their authority or, if they had acquired new territories, of creating new loyalties. For the victorious powers, this process was obviously easier than for those that were defeated. Recent research has clearly shown that after 1918–19, regional and local identities, which were not always tied to a certain nation-state, continued to exist or were revitalized. It is still an open question how the new order was accepted in the European regions, taking into account national, governmental, political, social, religious, and economic factors. Local actors displayed a high degree of self-organization, especially in territories where the authority of the state was weak or had collapsed at the end of the War. Units of paramilitary volunteers were formed, which tried to guarantee “law and order’” (whatever that may mean), but also distribution of food and the general organization of daily life. A local and regional perspective will allow a new view of the processes through which the new nation-states were created "from below”. An additional question might deal with the problem of whether conflicts were really rooted in national divergences, or whether the term “national” only served to cover up other, deeper problems and conflicts.
Some historians have argued that after 1918, a new era of “total” nation states (cf. Lutz Raffael) began. However, the establishment of exclusive national identities sometimes faced resistance among the majority of people who spoke the same language and shared the same religion. Against this background, it makes sense to study not only the larger “national” frame, but to analyze single regions, territories and towns as well in order to find out how the radical changes of 1918–19 were accepted and internalized. Such studies need not be limited to the successor states of the great empires. It also can be useful to add perspective on other powers, whether victorious, defeated, or neutral, in order to draw useful comparisons.
Recent research has clearly shown that local identities survived the Great War. After 1918–19 these identities collided directly with official attempts to create homogenous nation states. In Upper Silesia in 1921, a great number of “ethnic” Poles voted for union with Germany—but hardly anything is known about their motives. In the Southern parts of East Prussia, the so-called “Staropruski,” a Polish-speaking Protestant minority, also voted for Germany because they did not want to live in a Catholic country. In the Polish-speaking parts of Poland, different mentalities and identities could be found as well. In the national census of 1931, in some regions of Eastern Poland, a large part of the population refused to choose any national or ethnic category at all and identified with the term “hiesige” (“from here”). Many other examples of similar attitudes, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the Iberian peninsula and Italy are well known.
This new context also allows for new interpretations of the challenges and the effects of the Bolshevik revolution. Historians have hardly discussed this topic since 1989–90. Interest in early communism has been widely replaced by themes which are more oriented toward the nation-state. However, immediately after the War, many local and regional actors developed and followed up on a positive attitude toward the socialist vision, aiming at a radical change in their society. Others were horrified by the rise of communism. It is both an open and a challenging question whether and how much political, social, and economic decisions—at the local and regional level—were influenced or determined by those attitudes. That question will be discussed in each case.
We are especially interested in papers that touch upon some of the following topics:
- 1918 in daily life and daily experience, with a focus on the local and regional contexts. Attention could be paid to the experience of the end of the war and the specific interpretations of victory and defeat associated with various visions of the coming political and social order. What characterized the local and regional dimensions of the revolutionary and/or counter-revolutionary movements?
- Continuity and change in the loyalties, identities and treatment of old and new minorities.
- Research on regional violence: what motives and factors were responsible for the emergence of violence and in what situations was it possible to limit or prevent the outbreak of violent conflict? Who were the main actors in those contexts?
- Research on the specific situations of border regions and border societies, with attention to the problems of minorities, refugees and expellees.
- Questions of legitimacy and local interpretations of radical change in the early inter-war years. Historical arguments and historical discourses were often used to create common political identities. Did tensions exist between local or regional interpretations and the official national narratives?
Prof. Joern Leonhard (University of Freiburg) will give the key-note speech.
At the moment we are able to cover accommodation and parts of the travel costs, we are still looking for funds for travel costs.
Please send your abstracts of about 500 to 700 words by 31 January 2018 to: boris.barth@uni-konstanz.de

CFP: Der Unvollendete Krieg? Erfahrungen des Ersten Weltkriegs und die Konstruktion der polnischen Identität

21.06.2018-22.06.2018, Berlin, Zentrum für Historische Forschung Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Deadline: 31.01.2018
Das Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs bedeutete nicht nur den Zerfall der damaligen politischen Ordnung und die Neugestaltung der Kräfteverhältnisse in Europa. Die Folgen des Krieges waren für die die jeweiligen Kriegsparteien noch lange nach 1918 spürbar. In Polen etwa dauerten die Kämpfe bis 1921 an. Sowohl die ehemaligen Großmächte als auch die sich neu herausgebildeten Staaten mussten sich die Fundamente ihres Staatswesens, ihrer Kultur und ihres politischen wie gesellschaftlichen Lebens neu aufbauen. Diese Prozesse vollzogen sich innerhalb nationaler Strukturen, die ihre Werte, gesellschaftliche Beziehungen, politische Ideen sowie ihr Image neu neudefiniert haben. Polen, wie zahlreiche andere Staaten, stand vor der Herausforderung, sowohl sein Staatsterritorium als auch die Grundpfeiler seiner Identität so festzulegen, dass die Gesellschaft, die zuvor 123 Jahre lang auf die jeweiligen Gebiete der drei Teilungsmächte (Österreich, Russland, Preußen/Deutschland) aufgeteilt worden ist, sich zu einer modernen nationalen Gemeinschaft vereinen konnte.
Ziel der Konferenz ist der Versuch, die Frage nach dem Einfluss des Ersten Weltkriegs auf die Konstruktion, Re – und Dekonstruktion des Polentums zu beantworten. Im Zentrum des Interesses stehen dabei die Entstehungs- und Transformationsprozesse der Identität der polnischen Gesellschaft, und damit auch diejenigen der sogenannten alternierenden Identitäten. Eine nicht weniger wichtige Rolle spielt auch die Außenwahrnehmung der „neuen polnischen Identität“, vor allem seitens Deutschlands und Russlands.
Antworten auf die grundlegende Forschungsproblematik der Konferenz versuchen wir über Teilstudien, u.a. zu folgenden Problembereichen zu finden:
- die Grundeinstellung der polnischen Gesellschaft während der Kriegshandlungen: es geht hierbei sowohl um die Haltung gegenüber bekannten Ereignissen als auch gegenüber jenen, die in den Forschungsarbeiten marginalisiert wurden oder gänzlich fehlten, wie z.B. die Teilnahme an politisch inszenierten Staatsfeiern, Begräbniszeremonien, historischen Reenactments, Festen sowie politischen Demonstrationen.
- Ereignisse aus den Jahren 1914 -1920, die zur Konstruktion / Festigung des polnischen Nationalgefühls führten vs. Ereignisse, die nicht in den nationalen Kanon aufgenommen wurden
- „Ikonen“ und „Verräter“ – biografische / biografisch motivierte Dilemmata bezüglich der Identitätswahl; Berücksichtigung von Erfahrungen folgender Persönlichkeiten (Vorschläge): Alexander Brückner Feliks Koneczny, Ferdynand Ossendowski, Rosa Luxemburg, Julian Marchlewski, Jakub Jasieński, Witold Gombrowicz, Wiktor Hulewicz, Eugeniusz Romer, Mykolas Römeris, Andrej und Stanisław Szeptycki, Marian und Tadeusz Kantor (es können auch andere Vorschläge eingereicht werden)
- die vergessenen „Anderen“: Grundpositionen von Frauen, Jungs während des Krieges
- die Außenwahrnehmung polnischer Persönlichkeiten, z.B. aus der Perspektive von Isaak Babel, Hans Hartwig von Beseler, Alexander Döblin usw.
- Märtyrer- und Pazifismusdiskurs, als Alternative zur dominierenden Unabhängigkeits- und Heldennarration
Gleichermaßen interessant sind die Zusammenhänge zwischen den Kriegs- und Gewalterfahrungen und denjenigen aus dem Bereich der Ästhetik sowie die daraus resultierenden Veränderungen in der polnischen Kunst nach 1918. Die Art und Weise, auf die sich der Krieg im Theater, der Kunst und Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts dauerhaft eingeschrieben hat, lässt die Frage nach der Erinnerung und ihrer visuellen Repräsentation zu. Eine nicht zu unterschätzende Rolle in diesem Zusammenhang spielt der Film als neues Medium der Kriegsdokumentation, welcher de facto mit dem Krieg entstand und sich weiterentwickelte. Vor dem Hintergrund der Schaffung oder / bzw. Entwicklung einer Identität ist das Entstehen staatlicher Kulturministerien, Archiven, Museen etc. ein wichtiger Faktor, dank dessen sich die Funktion der Kunst, vor allem der Literatur, veränderte.
Die Konferenz findet auf Polnisch, Deutsch und Englisch statt. Für Simultandolmetschen wird gesorgt.
Bitte senden Sie Ihre Abstracts in polnischer, deutscher oder englischer Sprache (ca. 2.000 Zeichen), einen kurzen wissenschaftlichen Lebenslauf sowie Angaben zu Kontakt und Affiliation bis zum 31. Januar 2018 per Email an: malgorzata.stolarska-fronia@cbh.pan.pl.