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.
Historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists
PhD and ReMa students
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
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 email@example.com before 1 October 2019.
More information can be found here.