CFP: The Stage of War. Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts, 1st Oct


    Confirmed keynote speakers
    Alison Landsberg (George Mason University, Fairfax VA, USA)
    Robin De Levita (Robin De Levita Productions, The Netherlands)
    Stefan Berger (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)

    Date: 26-27 March 2020

    Host: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), The Netherlands

    The conference “The Stage of War” focuses on academic and popular representations of war and other large-scale conflicts. Nowadays, the cultural engagement with the history of violent conflicts spans a multitude of academic and above all popular genres, including (graphic) novels, films, tourism, musicals, games, exhibitions and reenactments. Producers of popular genres try to bring the past closer to the public through interaction, performance and multi-sensory experience, often to the discontent of academic historians who fear for a distorted or trivialized past. Nonetheless, research indicates that these popular genres can significantly affect and enhance our understanding of the past.

    The unique aim of this conference is to stimulate an exchange between academic and popular approaches to the representation of violent conflicts. Instead of just criticizing popular historical culture, we call on academic historians to make clear what a responsible approach to the past might entail. On the other hand, we ask producers to clarify what the practical and ethical

    limitations and opportunities are of representing violent pasts in contemporary society. How can we learn from each other? To what extent can critical historical thinking be stimulated through popular productions?

    This two-day conference comprises academic lectures, presentations, roundtable discussions, and a battlefield tour through Rotterdam by military history specialists.

    Target Groups
    Historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists
    PhD and ReMa students
    Military specialists
    Memory / heritage specialists
    Popular culture specialists
    Producers of historical musicals, films, video games, exhibitions, websites
    Script writers, curators, game developers
    Trainers, heritage educators, history teachers
    Thematic scope
    Contributors are invited to submit papers revolving on topics, such as:

    Diversification of war experiences
    Embodiment and bodily understanding
    The commercialization of war heritage
    Creating immediacy, direct contact with the past
    Battlefield representations for education, tourism and military training
    Representing and experiencing authenticity
    Marginal perspectives / multiperspectivity
    Commemoration and reenactments
    Please send abstracts of max. 300 words and a short biographical statement (max. 50 words) to before 1 October 2019.

    More information can be found here.