Call for Papers: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War is an English-language online reference work on World War I dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed content. Each article in the encyclopedia is a self-contained publication and its author receives full recognition. All articles receive a distinct URL address as well as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and are fully citable as scholarly publications. 1914-1918-online is an open access publication, which means that all articles are freely available online, ensuring maximum worldwide dissemination of content. FWWNetwork’s own Christopher Phillips has recently contributed an article, and thoroughly recommends the 1914-1918-online team for their professionalism and support throughout the submission process.

The editors invite academics to contribute articles on a select number of topics not yet covered by our invitation-only editorial process. Authors who are interested in submitting a paper on any of the subjects listed should submit a short CV with a publication list, as well as an abstract (max. 250 words) or a full-length paper.

Please find the list of open articles and submission forms here:

1918 – 2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century

Save the dates! Between 6 and 8 September 2018, the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton, in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the FWWNetwork, will be hosting a major international conference entitled 1918-2018: The End of the War and the Reshaping of a Century.

2018 represents a major milestone in the history of the First World War, not least because it marks the centenary anniversary of the end of the conflict. This encompassing conference seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significance, consequences, and legacies of this watershed year. It encourages international perspectives and seeks to encompass a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights.

The event will feature keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and what came afterwards, along with panel sessions from established and emerging academic researchers. Moreover, the event is being developed in collaboration with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events. FWWNetwork will be working hard to support postgraduate students and early career researchers’ involvement in the event.

Keynote contributions include:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)

Dr Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)

We ask you to ‘Save the Date’ and we invite expressions of interest from scholars (including early career and postgraduate researchers), independent researchers, organisations, groups and individuals interested in participating (as either contributor or attendee) in the conference.

A formal call for papers will follow in summer 2017.

Organising Committee:

The conference is being organised by: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, Dr Simon Constantine, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor Laura Ugolini and Dr Oliver Wilkinson.


To register your interest or for any further enquires please contact:

Dr Oliver Wilkinson (

Keep up-to-date with all the latest event news at our website ( or by following us on twitter (@1918to2018)


The First World War in 2014 -15: new commemoration projects, new public narratives?

Here is the abstract for Dr Helen McCartney’s keynote address, which will be delivered on Friday 26th February:

For the last few decades, British public scripts about the First World War have stressed horror and casualties leading to an interpretation that both the objectives of the war and the way in was prosecuted were futile.  Other meanings and interpretations were crowded out and the war was seen through a narrow, national lens.

The paper seeks to examine whether these familiar scripts and their omissions are being challenged or reinforced by new commemorative projects.  By analyzing a range of new projects from 2014 and 2015, including letter to the Unknown Soldier (2014), the Tower of London poppy installation (2014 -15) and British Gallipoli commemorations (2015), the paper will seek to establish how a variety of different local and national interest groups construct commemorative projects and interact with them.  It will argue that alongside the futility script is an opposing sacrificial narrative that stresses the debt owed for ‘freedom’ today. Neither of the public narratives is rooted in a complex understanding of the war and its issues and empathetic and emotional approaches to commemoration help to shape the emerging scripts.

Conference Programme Update

First of all, a huge, huge thank you to all those who submitted abstracts – and to those who assisted in spreading the word about our conference – the response has been exceptional.

The organising committee is now in the process of reviewing all submissions and will be meeting during the week ending Friday 14th August to finalise arrangements for the conference. We are fully aware of the needs of those intending to travel from overseas to make travel arrangements as quickly as possible, and we will endeavour to contact ALL applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, as soon as we can after this date.

The organising committee would like to thank you all for your patience during this period.

One week to go!

Just one week to go before the deadline to submit your abstracts for our conference at IWM North, supported by the AHRC First World War Engagement Centres.

Professor Jay Winter and Professor Maggie Andrews will be providing keynote addresses on the day.

And remember, ALL accepted postgraduate speakers will receive a FULL conference fee waiver, courtesy of the Royal Historical Society.


Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Awards

Thanks to the generosity of the Royal Historical Society, we are now able to confirm that ALL Postgraduate Researchers accepted to speak at the conference will receive a FULL conference fee waiver.

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The deadline for submissions is fast approaching. Please ensure you send your 250 word abstract and c. 100 word biography to before 17 July 2015.