The Great War’s Shadow: New Perspectives on the First World War

September 25th-28th, 2014, Calgary and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.


 Honouring the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the University of Calgary’s Department of History and Centre for Military and Strategic Studies invite academics and graduate students from around the world to share new scholarly work on this global conflict.

The Great War has attracted no end of historiographical controversy since the guns fell silent.  Historians are constantly using innovative and often inter-disciplinary methods to answer original questions, and offer new perspectives on established debates. This conference provides a forum to explore these avenues of research in an international setting.  We invite researchers from relevant disciplines to share their research on the following topics:

  • Memory and Identity
  • Combat and Logistics
  • Global Warfare
  • Gendered Roles during Wartime
  • The Expanded State
  • War and Politics

Applicants are encouraged to submit original work on the conference themes. “New perspectives” may include, for example: material culture; changing nature of commemoration; interdisciplinary approaches and methodological innovations.  The best papers will be selected for publication. The conference will be held at the historic Chateau Lake Louise, in the heart of Banff National Park.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Holger Herwig, University of Calgary; Dr. Jonathan Vance, Western University


 To apply, please send 250 word proposals for 20 minute papers, a paper title, and a one-page CV, via email or post.  Panel proposals are welcome and should include an additional 250 word abstract on the theme of the panel.

The New Perspectives Committee

Department of History, University of Calgary

645 Social Sciences, 2500 University Dr. NW

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada

Phone: (403) 220-6433    Fax: (403) 289-8566

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