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Voices of the Home Fronts: 'Reflections and Legacies of the First World' and call for papers

Event date Event time Event location
19/10/2018 - 20/10/2018 The National Archives, Richmond

This conference is being delivered in partnership by The National Archives, the ‘Gateways to the First World War’ and the ‘Everyday Lives in War’ Engagement Centres.

The keynotes speakers will be Professor Sophie de Schaepdrijver and Richard Van Emden.

With the centenary of the end of the First World War approaching, this conference seeks to bring together independent researchers, community groups and academics to discuss the impact of the Armistice. This includes life and society in the immediate aftermath of the war - from national and international perspectives - through the use of unusual and under-used sources.


The conference will explore four major themes:

  • Reconciliation - the new normal? We are looking for contributions examining domestic and public life, across the world, as society adjusted to men and women returning from war. We are also interested in the impact on and experience of children during this period.
  • Revolution - As well as conscientious objection and political agitation, we want the conference to explore the subtleties of dissent socially, religiously, and culturally in those first months and years after the war. We are interested in contributions from the new nations forged
  • Remembrance - We want to explore issues such as cultural memory, as well as immediate matters such as post-war riots, gender relations, food, and housing. We are interested in the material culture of the First World War and welcome its inclusion in proposals.
  • Rebuilding - We want to examine the long-term impact of the war on the built environment and the rural landscape, and how that shaped everyday lives from agriculture to community formation, from local industries to the natural world. Interested in participating? 

Call for papers

We invite proposals for conference papers, panels, and workshops on topics which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Demobilisation, homecomings, the ‘return to normality’
  • New nations and everyday identities
  • Veteran politics, charities, sports, clubs and entertainment
  • Post war education and work - industrial relations, reconstruction, local and regional economies
  • Environment
  • Family and childhood
  • Local party politics
  • Faith and belief
  • Disability

We particularly encourage submissions from independent researchers, institutions, and community groups.

Find more information on how to submit a proposal (PDF). 


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