Call for Papers

Endurance and the First World War, 22-23 November 2012, Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand

It is now nearly a century since the outbreak of the First World War, and scholarly and public attention remains extensive. This free 2-day collaborative conference provides an opportunity for researchers from around New Zealand and beyond to come together and share research around the theme of ‘endurance’ in relation to the war. Proposals for 15-20 minute papers touching on any aspect of this theme are invited from academics, museum professionals and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • combat endurance and combat endurance (physical/psychological/emotional)
  • enduring connections (personal/national/imperial)
  • enduring ideas
  • enduring grief
  • enduring prejudice
  • enduring ‘total’ war
  • enduring traditions
  • enduring memories
  • enduring images and materials
  • enduring stories
  • enduring legacies and lessons of the war

Papers relating to New Zealand or international topics are equally welcome, and proposals are particularly welcome from post-graduate and early-career researchers. The conference will include opportunities for one-on-one mentoring and discussion.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and any enquiries to The closing date for proposals is Friday 24 August 2012.

Organisers: David Monger and Katie Pickles (University of Canterbury), Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum).

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