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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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CFP – War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries)

April 16, 2013
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CFP – War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries) Conference organised by the European University of Brittany (Rennes 2, France) and the Royal Military College (Kingston, Canada)  Université Européenne de Bretagne – Rennes 2, France 17, 18, 19 June 2014 The wars of the past have not left the same imprint on collective memory. Wars of conquest or liberation have marked the history...
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Review of Romain Fathi: Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18

March 12, 2013
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Review of Romain Fathi: Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18 Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18: The Australian War Memorial de Canberra au prisme de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre de Péronne In this study of the Australian War Memorial through the optic of the Historial at Péronne in Northern France, Romain Fathi offers a fascinating reflection on the contrasting orientation of the two...
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Histories of Forgetting

January 16, 2013
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Histories of Forgetting Now in print, the latest issue of E-rea, Aix-Marseille University’s electronic journal of anglophone studies, takes as its theme Histories of Forgetting in the English and French-speaking Worlds, 20th-21st centuries: http://erea.revues.org/2734 Co-edited by Matthew Graves (LERMA/APMC) and Valérie André (LERMA), issue 10.1 brings together researchers from France, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland who...
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Christmas Speech Fuels Belgian Memory of War

December 28, 2012
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Political controversy over the memory of the inter-War period and Europe’s fascist era has erupted in Belgium in the wake of King Albert II’s Christmas Speech.  Albert referred to the dangers of populist responses to economic and political crises in the 1930s and made an implicit comparison with the crisis in Europe and national...
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In Flanders Fields Declaration

November 27, 2012
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In Flanders Fields Declaration By Laurence van Ypersele and Ben Wellings The “In Flanders Fields Draft Declaration’ was tabled for discussion by the government of Flanders in the summer of 2010. The politics surrounding this Draft Declaration illustrate some of the difficulties in commemorating the Great War in Belgium.   They also make an interesting contrast with the politics...
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Controversy over Commemoration of World War I in France

November 13, 2012
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The French government has issued a text outlining its proposals for commemoration of the Grande Guerre 2014-2018. In fact its plan is to commemorate during this period events from both World Wars including the 70th Anniversary of the Resistance,  ‘the liberation of France and the victory over nazi barbarism’. Some historians believe this will...
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Great War Seminars in Paris

November 12, 2012
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For those living in or visiting Paris at the moment, two research seminars on the Great War are particularly indicated. Both have been running for several years and both are public and free.  I have had the chance to attend to both and each environment provides a valuable framework in which to study various aspects of...
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The Pilgrimage to the IJsertoren: Flemish nationalism and Great War commemoration

November 8, 2012
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By Laurence van Ypersele and Ben Wellings This year, as every year since 1922, the Yser Pilgrimage took place on the last Sunday of August. This annual ceremony, that remembers and commemorates Flemish sacrifice and loss during the Great War, is organised by a Flemish nationalist committee at the IJsertoren (Yser Tower), Dixmuide.  It...
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