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Call for Papers: State-sponsored History after 1945

June 11, 2015
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Ghent (Belgium), 23, 24 & 25 November 2015 http://www.inth.ugent.be/state-sponsored-history/ Conference theme Since their earliest inception, modern states and their regimes have recognized the importance to draft and direct ‘their’ national history. Although 19th century models of romanticist nationalist history lie behind us, post 1945 reality shows that regimes as a rule still recognize the...
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Marseille 1915-2015: gateway to the remembrance trails

March 27, 2015
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International conference Aix-Marseille University – Marseille Archives Marseille 1915-2015: gateway to the remembrance trails Marseille 1915-2015 : portail des chemins de mémoire Thursday 9 April, Marseille Archives (Amphitheatre) 8:45 Opening address: Sylvie Clair (Director, Marseille Archives) Chair: Gilles Teulié (Aix-Marseille) 9:00 Jean-Marie Guillon (Aix-Marseille), “Marseille porte de la France et de la Méditerranée.” 9:40 Marco...
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Conference ‘Judging the Past in a Post-Cold War World’

February 17, 2015
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Judging the Past in a Post Cold-War World Date: 28 September, 2015 – 09:00 – 30 September, 2015 – 17:30 Venue: HRC Conference Room Bldg # 14, ANU The collapse of the Soviet Union accelerated the search for justice and truth on the part of many millions of people whose lives had been overshadowed by the...
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“Marseilles 1915-2015 : gateway to the remembrance trails” cfp

November 7, 2014
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“Marseilles 1915-2015 : gateway to the remembrance trails”, Marseilles Municipal Archives, 9-10 April 2015. « Marseille 1915-2015 : portail des chemins du souvenir », Archives Municipales de Marseille, 9-10 avril 2015. Call for papers The centenary of the landing of the colonial troops of the British and French empires in Marseilles provides an opportunity to reflect upon how...
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Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War

October 21, 2014
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The Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Annual Lecture will be delivered at 5.30pm on 13 November 2014 in the Lecture Hall, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. ‘Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War’ by Dr Michael Snape (University of Birmingham) The significance of religion for the British soldier of...
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Screening the Past in a Post Cold War World

August 17, 2014
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Screening the Past in a Post Cold War World  Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September 2014 Old Geology Building, University of Sydney.  Recent films from Chile/Cuba, Catalonia/Spain, France/Algeria and Indonesia explore the troubled legacies of the Cold War. The themes that the films evoke carry a powerful resonance today: the violence and disintegration as...
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Commemorating WWI in “The Conversation”

August 6, 2014
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Commemorating WWI in “The Conversation” IRNWC network members are contributing a series of articles to The Conversation on Commemorating WWI Who owns the myths and legends of the Great War centenary? – Ben Wellings & Shanti Sumartojo Reconciliation or récupération: Indigenous soldiers in WWI – Elizabeth Rechniewski WWI commemorations in Belgium give a glimpse of a divided nation –...
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – book launch

July 28, 2014
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – book launch Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Peter Lang, 2014) edited by Shanti Sumartojo & Ben Wellings will be launched by Dr Douglas Craig – Head, School of History, ANU. Date and Time: 5.30pm, Monday 4 August 2014 Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street...
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Doctoral Workshop Call for Paper Displacement and Mobility during the Great War

May 10, 2014
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  Doctoral candidates at the CHSP (Sciences Po, Paris) are organising a doctoral workshop on Displacement and Mobility during the Great War. Here is the Call for Paper, in English and in French. Submission are due on 15 June 2014. The workshop will be held at Sciences Po on 21 October 2014. For more...
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration (Peter Lang, 2014)

April 19, 2014
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sumartojo-and-wellings-cover ‘Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand’, edited by IRNWC co-founders Shanti Sumartojo and Ben Wellings, is now in print and available to order from the publisher Peter Lang: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=72209&concordeid=430937 Released to coincide with the beginning of the 2014-18 Great War centenary, this innovative volume combines...
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Nicolas Offenstadt: ‘What is at Stake in Commemoration of the First World War’

January 29, 2014
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Nicolas Offenstadt, one of the leading French historians of the First World War, recently gave an interview to the journal Caesar (reprinted in Mediapart 25 January) on what is at stake in remembrance of the war and the direction he would like to see commemoration take. The thrust of his argument is to warn...
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France Proposes 80 World War I Sites for Heritage Listing

January 11, 2014
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France has put forward 80 World War I sites for listing by the Unesco World Heritage Organisation. The sites include some battlefields but above all cemeteries and memorials.  To the criticism that a massacre cannot constitute a heritage site, the proposers point out that Auschwitz and Hiroshima are already listed by Unesco, as are...
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Australia, 11 November 2013: Commemorative event commemorates commemorative event.

November 12, 2013
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Twenty years after the interring of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, former Prime Minister Paul Keating returned to the site of his eulogy – now inscribed in bronze on a wall close to the Tomb – and gave another speech reiterating his vision of the links between the...
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‘Réformer, réunir, réussir’ – French President François Hollande’s Slogan for the First World War Centenary Commemorations

November 10, 2013
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On 7 November the French President François Hollande launched the programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, using the opportunity to draw lessons  – as he sees them – for the national priorities of today. Under the slogan ‘réformer, réunir, réussir’ (reform, unite, succeed) Hollande concluded that only unity...
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Planning for First World War commemoration in Australia and the UK

November 5, 2013
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Planning for First World War commemoration in Australia and the UK Media reports in Australia and the UK are beginning to reveal official plans for First World War commemorative activities in both countries. In Australia, the new conservative coalition government, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbot, is committed to a widespread program developed by its Labour predecessor. Abbot recently  flagged the possibility of a new...
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