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The Stage of War 2020 : The Stage of War: Representation of War in Popular Culture

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Link: https://www.eur.nl/en/eshcc/stage-war-2020
 
When Mar 26, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020
Where Rotterdam
Submission Deadline Oct 15, 2019
Notification Due Dec 1, 2019
Final Version Due Feb 1, 2020
Categories    memory   war   popular culture   social sciences
 

Call For Papers

Extended deadline: 15 October 2019
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 thestageofwar@eshcc.eur.nl before 15 October 2019.

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