Conference on the First World War

I received the announcement below just now. This event takes place November 6-8, 2014, at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. Alas, it partially conflicts with the GMG meeting at Columbus State, but (as much as I hate to say it!) it may be more relevant. See the conference website for more information.


Extended deadline for paper proposals: 29 September 2014


The School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College – with the support of the GGC chapters of Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Iota Rho, and the History Club – is pleased to announce an upcoming conference, “The Great War, a Hundred Years On: Origins, Lessons and Legacies of the First World War,” scheduled for November 6-8, 1914. The centenary of the onset of war in Europe offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the experiences and sacrifices of participants, both in America and worldwide, and its continuing significance in shaping our world today. Scholars from local colleges and universities here in Georgia, and from as far afield as Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, England, and Pakistan, will deliver papers. Our keynote address, sponsored by The Lithuanian Foundation, will be delivered by Dr. Vejas Liulevicius, an acclaimed scholar of the Eastern Front in the First World War, from the University of Tennessee. As well, the creators of the documentary film, “German Enemy Aliens in the Land of the Sky” (which looks at a German POW camp in western North Carolina) will show their film and answer questions. Panels on teaching, art, literature, and propaganda–as well as student research projects–will help make this a dynamic and exciting event for our college and community.

Submission details:
The conference committee is especially interested in approaching this topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. Ideally, accepted papers will represent a diverse array of disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences, including but not limited to Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Studies, Literary Criticism (American, British, World and Comparative Literature), Political Science and Psychology (e.g., trauma studies). As the sponsoring organizations include the GGC chapters of Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Iota Rho—student honors societies in the disciplines of History and International Studies—a select number of student panels will also be included on the program. Proposals for full panels consisting entirely of undergraduate contributors are therefore especially welcomed.

Paper proposals should be sent by 29 September 2014 to the chair of the undergraduate conference committee, D. J. Melville (, currently serving a student officer for the Alpha-Omicron-Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and carbon copied to Dr. Nathan Orgill (, faculty advisor at GGC. Submissions should include an abstract for the proposed paper (ca. 250 words), as well as a copy of a current cv or resume and a brief biography in narrative form (ca. 150-200 words) for inclusion in the conference program. If submissions are for a full panel, please include these materials for all participants. The undergraduate committee will send out notifications by late September 2014.