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Washington DC 2007

The 4th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies

Thursday, 18 October 2007 to Saturday, 20 October 2007

Held at Georgetown University and the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, 18-20 October 2007.

Call for Papers

Washington D.C. USA, October 18-20, 2007

Following the success of the three previous conferences in Lyon, Oxford, and Dublin, the International Society for First World War Studies is pleased to host its next conference in Washington D.C. through the generous support and cooperation of our hosts, Georgetown University and the German Historical Institute.

We are continuing the tradition of bringing together current researchers from both the graduate student and established academic scholarly levels. We invite papers from students and scholars who are working on new paradigms or approaches to understanding the social, cultural, or military history of the war. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate a comparative study of the Great War.

Like the previous conferences we will follow the format of circulating the papers ahead of the conference and forming panels from individual paper submissions. Each panel will consist of two to three paper authors, a discussant for each paper, and a chair that will offer a summary commentary of each panel.

Applicants please send a two-page abstract of the proposed paper and a curriculum vita […] by February 1, 2007.

Please also be prepared to submit a paper of a maximum of 8,000 words by June 1, 2007.

Submission Email Address:
Call for papers is now closed
Closing Date for Submissions:
1 June 2007

Call for Papers Now Closed

Conference Programme

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Conference team

  • Jennifer Keene

  • Mike Neiberg


Dear friends and colleagues,

Now that I have recovered from a fairly brutal landing on a pile of markings, I want to reiterate, on behalf of the Society, our sincere thanks to the organizers of our recent Washington conference.

All participants will add their voice to mine to express their gratitude to Jennifer Keene and Mike Neiberg for the wonderful job they did, with the tremendous help of Randy Papadopoulos and Sanders Marble. I should also like to acknowledge the contribution of Roger Chickering, who did not only deliver a brilliant keynote address, but also secured the instrumental support of Georgetown University and the German Historical Institute.

The conference was a great success and the organizers’ hard work allowed us to enjoy three very stimulating days of interdisciplinary reflections and congenial exchanges. The conference gave us the chance to welcome new members who will undeniably strengthen the Society’s expertise. Military operations were at the core of many discussions and we were all delighted to hear and learn more about central Europe.

Jenny and I are especially pleased to see that the Society has not grown at the expense of its collegial spirit.

Some of you volunteered to contribute to the Society’s development and you are all strongly encouraged to do so. Please do not hesitate to come forward if you have any ideas or suggestion with regard, in particular, to our website.

Several projects are already in the pipeline. Our next biennial conference is very likely to take place in London in 2009. We also hope to organize events in Germany and Canada, while we have accepted Jeff Grey’s invitation to come to Australia in 2011 or 2012. A conference on WWI France will hopefully take place next summer at Birmingham and we are currently discussing many other initiatives. In other words, watch this space!!

All best wishes,


Chers (ères) collègues et ami(e)s,

Désormais remis d’un atterrissage plutôt brutal sur une pile de copies, je tenais à réitérer, au nom de la Société, nos sincères remerciements aux organisateurs de notre récent colloque de Washington.

Tous les participants se joindront sans aucun doute à moi pour exprimer toute leur gratitude à Jennifer Keene et Mike Neiberg pour le travail remarquable qu’ils ont réalisé avec le formidable soutien de Randy Papadopoulos et Sanders Marble. Je voudrais également souligner la contribution de Roger Chickering qui ne nous a pas seulement offert une brillante conférence, mais qui a également assuré le soutien indispensable de l’Université de Georgetown et de l’Institut Historique Allemand.

Le colloque fut un grand succès et le labeur des organisateurs nous a permis de profiter de trois journées de débats et d’échanges aussi stimulants que sympathiques. Le colloque nous a permis d’accueillir de nouveaux membres qui renforcent et étendent les domaines d’expertise de la Société. Les opérations militaires se sont trouvées au cœur de nombreuses discussions et nous étions tous ravis d’en entendre et d’en apprendre davantage sur l’Europe centrale.

Jenny et moi sommes particulièrement heureux de constater que la croissance de la Société n’a pas nui à son esprit collégial.

Quelques-uns d’entre vous ont exprimé leur volonté de contribuer au développement de la Société, et nous vous encourageons toutes et tous à le faire. N’hésitez pas à nous soumettre vos idées et propositions, particulièrement en ce qui concerne notre site internet.

Plusieurs projets ont d’ores et déjà été lancés. Notre prochain colloque biennal se tiendra certainement à Londres en 2009. Nous espérons également organiser des rencontres en Allemagne et au Canada. Nous avons en outre accepté l’invitation de Jeff Grey à nous rendre en Australie en 2011 ou 2012. Par ailleurs, un colloque consacré à la France en guerre, 1914-1918 devrait se tenir l’été prochain à Birmingham, et nous sommes en train d’étudier bien d’autres opportunités. Gardez l’œil donc !

Bien cordialement,