World war One Symposium

Armistice & Aftermath: A World War One Symposium

Sept. 28-29, 2018 at Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI

Call For Papers

Armistice Day 2018 marks the centenary end of World War I. This symposium explores the conditions and impacts of the “Great War,” as experienced during and afterwards, with a special focus on the perspective from the American Heartland. The war had tremendous human and economic repercussions. It also motivated technological, medical, and cultural advances, and it paved the way for transformative social change, from Prohibition to women’s suffrage.

Keynote speakersDr. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History, University of Georgia. Author (with Jeffrey T. Sammons) of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (2014) and Dr. Lynn Dumenil, Robert Glass Cleland Professor Emerita of American History, Occidental College. Author of The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I(2017).

We invite papers that examine a wide range of topics such as, but not limited to

●      Domestic and regional mobilization and demobilization Social implications of technologies and industries of war

●      Reintegration and post-war shifts in gender, class, and labor relations

●      Cultural representations of war, home-front support, and life in the aftermath

●      Memories of the war in music, literature, film, drama, art, graphic arts

●      Civil rights, social stratifications, and diversity in the military and civilian life

●      The peace and anti-war movements

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Accepted papers may be published as Proceedings in the Michigan Tech Digital Commons. Selected revised papers may be included in a proposal for a published collection.

There is no registration fee for attendance.

Approval for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) is pending. More details will be available once the program is finalized.


WW1CC • Dr. Patty Sotirin • (906) 487-3264

Department of Humanities Michigan Technological University

A series of free and public exhibits and installations will take place at Michigan Tech and the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw during the symposium.

●      Europe, America, and the World: An Outdoor Concert. Featuring the music of James Reese Europe performed by MTU Superior Wind Symphony, MTU

●      An Evening of Silent Film. Featuring Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms (1918) with live musical accompaniment, Rozsa Theater

●      Interactive WWI Trench. With battle soundscape, readings from soldiers’ memoirs, and war poetry, MTU

●      American and French Propaganda Posters and the Great War. Exhibit, Rozsa Gallery, courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center

●      Shell-shocked: Footage and Sounds of the Front. Film with sound installation, Rozsa Gallery

●      Philosophy, Technology, & Warfare. A multimedia screens exhibit, Immersive Visualization Studio, MTU

●      Soldier Stories: The U.P. in World War I. Exhibit, Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, courtesy of Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center

●      World War I & the Copper Country Home Front. Exhibit, Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw

●      Copper Country Voices of Dissent in the Great War. Exhibit, Finnish American Heritage Center, Finlandia University

WW1CC is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.

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