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Lyon 2001

European conference in First World War Studies

Friday, 7 September 2001 to Saturday, 8 September 2001

Held at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, 7 & 8 September 2001.

Call for papers

The re-kindling of annual commemorations of the First World War in particular, and the upsurge in memorialisation in general, are demonstrative of renewed interest in 1914-18. This renewal is mirrored in the vitality of academic activity in this area. This is illustrated both by the large increase in publications, and by shifts in methodology and areas of study. Indeed, the French historian, Pierre Nora, has suggested that the Great War has undergone the kind of reappraisal applied to the French Revolution a decade ago.

Nowhere have these shifts been better illustrated than in the Historial de la Grande Guerre at Péronne in France. It epitomises what could be dubbed the second upheaval of the Great War: the academic upheaval which has meant that isolated study of the military, cultural, social or economic facets of the war is no longer possible.

Amidst such reappraisals, how are the newest scholars responding? This conference aims to bring together an international group of young scholars – postgraduate and postdoctoral – who work on the Great War in order to assess the influence of these historiographical shifts upon our work, to foster international collaboration and comparative history, to share our preliminary or more polished findings, and to scrutinise our works in progress in a broader context.
This conference, to be held in Lyon on the 7th and 8th September 2001, will address the following themes in four consecutive sessions:

1) Waging war:
To what extent have cultural and military historians truly colonized each other’s areas as the epigraph to the Cambridge University Press series “Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare” suggests? Can the social history of war be studied without a thorough engagement with events at the front or vice versa? Does Niall Ferguson’s Pity of War point to an original and proper way to combine military, economic, diplomatic, political and cultural history?

2) Communities at war:
From the individual to the state, how did the different levels of social organisation deal with the conflict and its consequences? What kind of solidarities, discriminations or mobilisation processes were at work in 1914-18? What relationship was established between military and civilian needs? Can new light be shed in this way upon the economy and political life of the belligerent societies?

3) The First World War and the intimate:
The “totalizing logic” of the Great War meant that it pervaded the most intimate spheres of the belligerent societies. How did the conflict impinge on sexual morality and gender relationships, on individuals and on families?
From shellshock to home front anxieties and the mourning process, how was the variegated suffering faced? How did contemporary medical science and practices cope with the war?

4) Intellectual responses to the war:
What kind of artistic, literary & scholarly responses did the war provoke? Where did the dividing line run through these different responses? What should be deemed as paramount: degree and qualities of participation in the war effort, nationality, or intellectual generation?

We welcome proposals germane to any of these topics as well as related to any geographical areas affected by the First World War.

The official languages of the conference will be English and French.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words and a short CV should be submitted by 11 January, 2001.

Call for Papers Now Closed

List of attendees


  • Amara, Mickaël Université Libre de Bruxelles, FNRS, Belgium
  • Audoin-Rouzeau, Stéphane Université de Picardie, France


  • Basford, Hazel University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • Becker, Jean-Jacques Université de Paris X – Nanterre, France
  • Braybon, Gail University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Buffton, Deborah University of Wisconsin, USA


  • Cohen, Aaron California State University, Sacramento, USA
  • Compagnon, Olivier Université de Toulouse, France
  • Conchon, Michèle Archives Nationales, Paris, France
  • Cronier, Emmanuelle Université de Paris I, France


  • Das, Santanu St John’s College, Cambridge
  • Duménil, Anne Université de Picardie, France


  • Ehrenpreis, Petronilla Nürnberg, Germany


  • Farinet, Jean-Claude Memorial de Verdun, France


  • Goebel, Stefan Magdalene College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Grayzel, Susan University of Mississippi, USA
  • Gregory, Adrian Pembroke College, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Guiomar, Jean-Yves France


  • Herrity, Ian University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Heyraud, Jean-Pierre France
  • Hofer, Hans-Georg Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Freiburg, Germany
  • Horne, John Trinity College, Dublin, Eire
  • Howe, Patricia University of St Thomas, USA


  • Le Cars, Franck Lycée Montaury, Nîmes, France
  • LeNaour, Jean-Yves Université de Toulouse, France
  • Loez, André EHESS, Paris, France
  • Lohr, Eric Harvard University, USA


  • Macleod, Jenny King’s College, London / JSCSC, United Kingdom
  • Marwick, Arthur Open University, United Kingdom
  • McCartney, Helen King’s College, London / JSCSC, United Kingdom
  • McPhail, Helen Independent Scholar, United Kingdom
  • Meyer, Jessica Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • Moyd, Michelle Cornell University, USA


  • Neiberg, Michael US Air Force Academy, USA
  • Nelson, Elizabeth University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Nivet, Philippe Université de Picardie, France


  • Parsons, Andrew King’s College, London, United Kingdom
  • Prochasson, Christophe EHESS, Paris, France
  • Proctor, Tammy Wittenberg University, Ohio, USA
  • Prost, Antoine Université de Paris I, France
  • Purseigle, Pierre Université de Toulouse, France


  • Robert, Krisztina Independent Scholar, London, United Kingdom


  • Samson, Anne Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Sauvagnac, Elizabeth Memorial de Verdun, France
  • Showalter, Dennis Colorado College, USA
  • Stibbe, Matthew Liverpool Hope University College, United Kingdom


  • Tames, Ismee Nyfer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Terwey, Suzanne Simon-Dubnow Institute for Jewish Culture & History, Leipzig, Germany
  • Todman, Daniel Pembroke College, Cambridge, United Kingdom


  • Ziino, Bart University of Melbourne, Australia

Conference organisers

  • Jenny Macleod

  • Pierre Purseigle

Conference sponsors

IEP, Lyon

King’s College, London