CfP: Imperial Legacies of 1919 (Texas, April 2019)

The next year will see the culmination of a half decade of events celebrating and commemorating the centenary of the First World War – a year in which the focus will be on the conflict’s aftermaths and consequences. And at a time when much of the reassessment of the Great War has been concerned with contributions from and effects on colonial territories – which helped truly make the event a war that spanned the world – several conferences have and will be turning their gaze toward the impact of the conflagration on empire, broadly speaking, integrating its impact on such events that are also seeing their centenary as the Amritsar Massacre, the First Egyptian Revolution, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

In that vein, the University of North Texas, located in Denton – part of the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area – has invited paper and panel proposals focused on the imperial legacies of the conflict.

Individual contributions as well as panels of 3-4 persons will be welcomed on such related subjects as the League of Nations mandate system, anti-colonial rebellions and policing – including aerial bombardment and surveillance – shifts in identity occasioned by the conflict and its aftermath, and shifts in borders and migration, among many others. Journalist Shrabani Basu – author of Victoria & Abdul, the book that was the basis for the recent, major film – will lecture on Indian soldiers in the aftermath of the conflict, and Susan Kent of the University of Colorado-Boulder will provide a keynote.

In addition to papers and panels, the conference invites graduate students at any stage of their degree to participate in a roundtable relating to empire in any period, and undergraduate posters concerned with war and empire in any period. Those interested in presenting an individual paper should send a 250-word abstract and current CV by December 31, 2018 to imperial1919unt@gmail.com. Prospective panels should send a 200-word panel abstract, 150 word abstracts for each paper, CVs for each panelist, and, if available, names of prospective chairs and commentator, by the same deadline. More details are available here.

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