CFP: London and the First World War

Conference Venue:

CMH, Institute of Historical Research (University of London) and Imperial War Museums
London, United Kingdom


As part of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, IWM (Imperial War Museums) in partnership with the Centre for Metropolitan History is organising a major conference that will explore the ways in which London and its inhabitants were affected by, and involved with, the 1914-18 conflict. For the first time London was effectively on the front line, subject to aerial bombing and surveillance, whilst its streets, buildings and spaces were shaped by the needs of mass mobilisation, supply and defence. The war had an impact upon everyday life in the capital in other ways too, including the economy, governance, standards of living, culture, leisure, the physical environment and social life. The conference will be an opportunity to examine these and larger themes, such as the idea of ‘resilience’ as a feature of the development of cities in history, and the extent to which warfare has engendered longer term urban societal changes. We are also interested in exploring the ‘legacy’ of the First World War, whether through art, literature, the built environment or the heritage industry.

Proposals for panels (3 x 20 minutue papers) or individual papers are invited on any of these or any other topics connected with the impact of the First World War on London, and indeed London’s role, broadly conceived, in the four year conflict. The programme committee welcomes submissions relecting a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, including history, geography, literary studies, art history, and museology. We also welcome papers which reflect comparatively on the experiences of London and other cities in the UK and in other countries.

The deadline for proposals is 30 May 2014.

Abstracts of c.250 words and a brief biography should be sent by email to:

Programme Committee:
Suzanne Bardgett (Imperial War Museums)
Professor Matthew Davies (Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research)
Professor Richard Dennis (University College London)
Dr Stefan Goebel (Kent)
Professor Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London)

The conference will be held at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU on 20 March 2015 and at IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ on 21 March 2015.

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