USMA West Point Announces September 2014 WW1 Conference

The United States Military Academy at West Point.

The United States Military Academy at West Point.

The United States Military Academy at West Point has announced that it will host a conference focusing on the literature and collective memory of the First World War.  Co-sponsored by the Academy’s Philosophy, English and History Departments, “Literature, Memory and the First World War” will take place from September 11-14, 2014.

In addition to conference presentations from a variety of noted scholars, the event will include panel discussions and distinguished speakers.   Registration for the event opens February 1, 2014.

The announcement includes a call for papers on various aspects of literature, history, poetry, memory and trauma from a wide range of perspectives associated with The Great War 1914-1918.  Says the conference announcement, “we invite paper proposals that focus on the unique literature, history, and memory inspired by the First World War.  In this interdisciplinary conference, we will consider how the war shifted the manner in which we craft war’s historical narrative, and explore the ways in which the war crafted our understanding of modern identity.  Planned to coincide with and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the emergence of the war’s most salient feature—trench warfare, this four-day conference will allow us to reckon with the Great War and its aftermath, and explore the ways in which we have remembered it.”

For conference registration information, as well as guidelines for proposal submissions, visit the conference website here.