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Paris 2013

Encountering the Other in Wartime: The Great War as an intercultural moment?

Saturday, 26 October 2013 to Sunday, 27 October 2013

The 7th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, held in Paris at the Cité de l’Immigration and the German Historical Institute on 26 – 27th September 2013.

Call For Papers

Up to the present day, the multinational nature of the First World War has mainly been conceptualised as the interstate confrontation of major allied powers. The Other is first and foremost the enemy; militarily and culturally the opposition. However, the Great War was also a time of unprecedented intermingling and circulation within the coalitions. Metropolitan and colonial soldiers, civilian workers, refugees and displaced persons left their familiar frame of reference by the millions. The conflict thus also constituted a change of scene for good or bad, a confrontation with social and cultural otherness, with different landscapes, at all scales for the belligerent societies (empires, nation states, local communities). How were the necessary movements conceptualised and organized in the logic of the multinational conflict? What forms did contacts between people of different origins take when they were confronted by the war? How were they experienced? How does the idea of belonging to a community, crucial to recent research on combat endurance, fit into the intercultural logic at all scales? To what extent did constructions of identity which feed on the perception of the other, evolve as such contacts occurred? How were they represented? Finally, what was the heritage of these contacts in the medium or long term?

In this perspective, transnational and comparative approaches are encouraged. Papers might consider the following aspects:

Submission Guidelines

Applicants are asked to submit before 30th January 2013 a 300-word-abstract (in English or French) of the proposed paper and a curriculum vitae.

Submission Email Address:
Call for Papers Now Closed
Closing Date for Submissions:
30th January 2013

Call for Papers Now Closed

Call for Papers Now Closed

Conference Venue Details

For conference participants and other society members there will be welcome drinks on the evening of Wednesday, 25th September 2013 at the German Historical Institute Paris. For the second day, we will return to the German Historical Institute.

Venue 1: German Historical Institute

German Historical Institute

8 rue du Parc-Royal
75003 Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 44 54 23 80 View in Google Maps

293, avenue Daumesnill
75012 Paris

Tel: View in Google Maps

Travel Instructions

For your information, in order to access the venues of the conference you wil have to use the metro ligne 8:
- 26 september, German historical institute – Metro station “Chemin vert”
- 27 september, Cité nationale de l’immigration – Metro station “Porte dorée”

Métro : Chemin Vert (line 8) ou Saint Paul (line 1)
Several busses : 29, 69, 96…

Accommodation Instructions

To help you find suitable accommodation, here are some examples of hotels whose location fits both of the conference venues:

Gardette Park hotel
(av. 120€/night)
1 rue du Général Blaise, 75011 Paris

Conference Delegates


  • Marianne Amar Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration


  • Suzanne Bardgett Imperial War Museum
  • Annette Becker Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Défense
  • Pavlina Bobic Birmingham University
  • John Boonstra University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Marjolaine Boutet Université de Picardie-Jules Verne
  • Raphaelle Branche Université de Paris 1
  • Heiko Brendel University of Mainz
  • Pauline Breton Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Défense


  • Laurence Campa Paris-XII-Val-de-Marne
  • Henri Cao efarco
  • James Connolly King's College London
  • Olivier Cosson Revue Mil Neuf Cent, EHESS
  • Emmanuelle Cronier University of Birmingham


  • Ken Daimaru Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense
  • Santanu Das King's College London
  • Emmanuel Debruyne Université catholique de Louvain
  • Sophie Delaporte Université de Picardie - Jules Verne
  • Victor Demiaux EHESS
  • Romain Devauchelle Paris Ouest - HU zu Berlin
  • Alexis Diagne Thevenod Paris-Sorbonne
  • Wolfram Dornik LBI for Research on the Consequences of War
  • Alex Dowdall Trinity College Dublin
  • Cloé Drieu CNRS


  • Liisi Eglit


  • Alice Faroche Université de Troyes
  • Romain Fathi The University of Queensland (Australia) and Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Richard Fogarty University at Albany, SUNY


  • Rachel Gillett Harvard University
  • Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes Université Paris Ouest-labex Les passés dans le présent
  • Beate Gödde-Baumanns
  • Elizabeth Greenhalgh University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Hélène Guillot Service historique de la Défense


  • Franziska Heimburger EHESS
  • Luna Hoppe Deutsches historisches Institut
  • John Horne Trinity College Dublin
  • Anja Huber University of Bern


  • Heather Jones The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Elise Julien Institut d'Etudes politiques de Lille / IRHiS CNRS-Lille 3


  • Thérèse Krempp EHESS
  • Samuël Kruizinga University of Amsterdam


  • Loiseau Laurent Arts, Découvertes & Citoyennetés
  • Amandine Lauro Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Julie Le Gac ENS de Cachan
  • Jean-Yves Le Naour Paul Lenormand
  • Sciences Po Zanoun Louisa


  • Jenny Macleod University of Hull
  • Edward Madigan Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Bruni Manz
  • Elisa Marcobelli IHA Paris/EHESS
  • Nicolas Mariot CNRS
  • Sarah-Jane Mathieu University of Minnesota
  • David McDonald University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sadia McEvoy King’s College London
  • Jessica Meyer University of Leeds
  • Claire Morelon Sciences Po / University of Birmingham


  • Pap Ndiaye Sciences-Po Paris


  • Augusto Oliveira UFRGS - Bresil


  • Andrey Pavlov Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Mauro Pellegrini Museo della Guerra - Centro Permanente di Documentazione e Studio della Grande Guerra in Lombardia - Temù - BS - Italy
  • Heather Perry University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Nella Porqueddu Trinity College Dublin
  • Rémy Porte DCSSA
  • Sara Prieto Universidad de Alicante
  • Pierre Purseigle Yale University / University of Warwick


  • Lena Radauer Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Leonid Rein International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem, Jerusalem Israel
  • Patricia Rochais Education Nationale
  • Laura Rowe University of Exeter
  • Anne Ruel
  • Mario Ruiz Hofstra


  • Emmanuel Saint-Fuscien EHESS
  • Martina Salvante Trinity College Dublin
  • Dennis Showalter Colorado College
  • Anne Sigaud Musée Albert-Kahn
  • Paul Simmons Moscow State University
  • John Steinberg Austin Peay State University


  • María Inés Tato CONICET/University of Buenos Aires
  • Christina Theodosiou Paris 1/IRSEM
  • Fabien Théofilakis WZB
  • Helena Trnkova Montpellier


  • Christine Van Everbroeck Musée royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire militaire, Bruxelles
  • Rian van Meeteren independent military historian, chairman Dutch branch Western Front Association
  • Caterina Verdickt UA - Henri Vande Velde Instituut
  • Clémentine Vidal-Naquet EHESS


  • Arndt Weinrich DHI
  • Vanda Wilcox John Cabot University


  • Bérénice Zunino Paris-Sorbonne / IFHA

Organising Committee

  • Elisa Marcobelli

  • DHI Paris/EHESS Paris
  • Claire Morelon

  • Centre d'Histoire de Sciences-Po, Paris
  • Clémentine Vidal-Naquet

  • EHESS Paris

Scientific Committee

  • Tobias Arand (University of Ludwigsburg)
  • Jean-Jacques Becker (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre-LaDéfense)
  • Fabienne Bock (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)