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Oxford 2016

War Time

Thursday, 10 November 2016 to Friday, 11 November 2016

The 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, held at the Maison Française d’Oxford, University of Oxford, 10-11 November 2016.


Call for Papers: 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies ‘War Time’, 10-11 November 2016, Oxford

Following the success of previous events, the International Society for First World War
Studies is delighted to announce its 9th conference, to be held at the University of Oxford in
November 2016. The conference will explore the theme of ‘War Time’. 2016, as the midpoint of
the First World War formal centenary period, marks a significant opportunity to reexamine and
reflect upon the ways that time has been conceptualised both during the war itself and in the
hundred years of scholarship that have followed.

Traditionally, periodisation has been considered a useful framework for understanding the
war. This has neglected a plurality of timelines, both within the years of conflict and those which
traverse and connect pre- and post-war narratives. The war marked a rupture in the way
individuals experienced time, and interrupted usual rhythms and patterns. The conference will
seek to reveal and contextualise new chronologies, pursued along flexible and multiple timelines.
All approaches (social, cultural, military, etc) and disciplinary perspectives are welcome. We
invite papers which address aspects of the following themes, particularly through comparative
and transnational lenses:

  • communication and time (including methods and posthumous communication)
  • desynchronised and/or simultaneous relationships (between hemispheres, between fronts,
    across spaces)
  • the war’s effect upon conceptions of age groups, life cycles, and rites of passage
  • processes of evolution, development, learning curves, and cycles of learning
  • materiality of time
  • varying perceptions and experiences of time: pauses, waiting, anticipation, suspensions, time
    slowing down, boredom, time stopping, ‘the end of times’, losing/lost time, running out of time
  • institutional measures to control time (such as differing calendars, curfews, time zone boundary
    changes, and the introduction of Daylight Savings Time)
  • war generations, e.g. ‘lost generations’
  • military coordination and precision

Conference papers will be circulated in advance to all attendees. Panels will focus on
discussion rather than presentation; each paper’s time-slot will commence with a commentary,
before the floor is opened to broader discussion in order to promote engaging and
interdisciplinary conversations. We therefore strongly encourage proposals from graduate
students and early career researchers.

Proposals should be approximately 300 words in length, with the final papers a maximum
of 7,000 words. Applications should also be accompanied by a short CV. Please submit
proposals to by 16th May 2016. Successful applicants will be
invited to submit their final research papers by 31st August 2016. The working language of the
conference and all submissions is English. The organisers intend to publish the proceedings of
this conference.

Logo image: Watch belonging to Harold Llewellyn Twite (1879-1915), which stopped at the moment of his death. “Twite, a St Agnes-born mining engineer, was posted to France in September 1915 and led a team of Cornish miners tunnelling under the German trenches to detonate explosives. On 1 December 1915, Twite and four of his fellow Cornishmen were blown up by a German mine. His watch stopped at that moment.” Credit: St Agnes Museum,, used with permission.

Call For Papers Now Closed

The call for papers for ‘War Time’ is now closed (May 16 2016). We are delighted to announce that this conference will feature three confirmed keynotes: Professors Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews), John Horne (Trinity College Dublin), and Margaret MacMillan (University of Oxford).

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Keynotes, paper authors, commentators, chairs, and delegates of 'War Time' 2016


  • Emily Anderson Newcastle University
  • Jeanette Atkinson University of Oxford


  • Richard Batten University of Exeter
  • Charlotte Bennett University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Boff University of Birmingham
  • Stehen Barker Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum


  • Laurence Campa Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre
  • Terry Cudbird University of Oxford


  • Selena Daly University College Dublin
  • Ellen Davies University of Oxford
  • Sophie de Schaepdrijver Pennsylvania State University/University of Kent
  • Emilie Dosquet Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Jack Doyle University of Oxford
  • Marc-André Dufour University of Toronto


  • Alun Edwards University of Oxford - Academic IT
  • Alina Enzensberger Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Robert John Weston Evans University of Oxford


  • Aimée Fox-Godden King's College London
  • Tim Fox-Godden University of Kent


  • Ashley Garber University of Oxford
  • Anna Grillini
  • Erica Grossi
  • Adrian Gregory University of Oxford


  • Louis Halewood University of Oxford
  • Franziska Heimburger Paris-Sorbonne
  • John Horne Trinity College Dublin / University of Oxford
  • Patrick Houlihan University of Oxford
  • Greg Hynes University of Oxford


  • Stéphane Jettot Maison Francaise d'Oxford
  • Heather Jones London School of Economics
  • Mike Joseph University of Oxford


  • Alice Kelly University of Oxford
  • Kate Kennedy University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Krause University of Oxford


  • Sarah Laufs Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Sante Lesti University of Pisa
  • Adam Luptak University of Oxford
  • Jo Loosemore BBC - World War One At Home


  • Margaret MacMillan University of Oxford
  • Jenny Macleod University of Hull
  • Anna Maguire King's College London
  • Steve Marti University of Delaware
  • Alex Mayhew London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Helen McCartney King's College London
  • Christoph Mick University of Warwick
  • Assaf Mond Tel Aviv University
  • Claire Morelon University of Oxford
  • David Morgan-Owen King's College London


  • Michael Neiberg US Army War College
  • John Paul Newman Maynooth University
  • JC Niala University of Oxford


  • Hussein Omar University of Oxford


  • Catriona Pennell University of Exeter
  • Ruth Percy University of Oxford
  • Heather R. Perry University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Joe Pettican Routledge
  • Jane Potter Oxford Brookes
  • Pierre Purseigle University of Warwick


  • Frank Reichherzer Center for Military History and Social Sciences
  • Robert Rennie University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Steffen Rimner Leiden University
  • Nicholas Rodger University of Oxford
  • Julia Ribeiro EHESS
  • Sneha Reddy University of St Andrews
  • Laura Rowe University of Exeter


  • Mathias Saecker Bundessprachenamt
  • Martina Salvante University of Warwick
  • Felix Schmidt Heidelberg University / EHESS Paris
  • Jan Schmidt KU Leuven
  • Thomas Schmutz University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • Hanna Smyth University of Oxford
  • Hew Strachan University of St Andrews


  • Frederic Thibault-Starzyk Maison Francaise d'Oxford
  • Sheila Tremlett Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
  • Hennie Thomson Routledge


  • Cedric Van Dijck Ghent University


  • Calum White University of Oxford
  • Joe Williams University of Cambridge
  • Vanda Wilcox John Cabot University
  • Sarah Wilkin University of Oxford - Academic IT

'War Time' Oxford 2016 Conference Organising Committee

  • Adam Luptak

  • Co-Chair
  • University of Oxford
  • Hanna Smyth

  • Co-Chair
  • University of Oxford
  • Louis Halewood

  • Co-Chair
  • University of Oxford
  • Alice Kelly

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford
  • Ashley Garber

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford
  • Calum White

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford
  • Charlotte Bennett

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford
  • Greg Hynes

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford
  • Jack Doyle

  • Committee Member
  • University of Oxford

Post-Conference Information

Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees of War Time 2016. We were delighted to welcome you to Oxford and appreciated all of your insights!

1) Recordings of the three keynote lectures (Horne, MacMillan, Strachan) are available here:

2) Conference report by the organisers is available on the Defence-in-Depth blog here:

3) Franziska Heimburger has kindly compiled the #wartime16 tweets (of which there were many- thanks to those of you who live-tweeted!) into a Storify for easier reading:

4) As of April 2017, an edited volume of the conference papers is now under contract with Routledge. It will feature updated and expanded versions of 10 of the 18 conference papers, with an introduction by the organisers and foreword by Professor John Horne.

'War Time' 2016 Sponsors and Partners

Modern European History Research Centre, University of Oxford
History Faculty, University of Oxford
Maison Française D'Oxford
University of Oxford John Fell Fund
Academic IT Department, University of Oxford