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CfP: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War is an English-language online reference work on World War I dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed content. Each article in the encyclopedia is a self-contained publication and its author receives full recognition. All articles receive a distinct URL address as well as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and are fully citable as scholarly publications. 1914-1918-online is an open access publication, which means that all articles are freely available online, ensuring maximum worldwide dissemination of content.
The editors invite academics to contribute articles on a select number of topics not yet covered by our invitation-only editorial process. The Call for Papers will be automatically updated. Authors who are interested in submitting a paper on any of the subjects listed should submit a short CV with a publication list, as well as an abstract (max.250 words) or a full-length paper. To submit an abstract/full-length paper, please click on a topic of your choice in the list of open articles. The submission will then be sent to the responsible section editor(s) for consideration, after which you will be contacted with a decision.
The Call for Papers can be found by navigating from our home page (https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net), or here: https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/call-for-papers/

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
 
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