‘1918-2018: The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century’, 6-8 September 2018, University of Wolverhampton
This conference, hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in association with the WFA and the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers, seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year.
The conference will include keynote addresses from some of the leading names in the field: Professor Alison Fell (Leeds), Professor Peter Frankopan (Oxford), Professor John Horne (TCD), Professor Gary Sheffield (Wolverhampton), Professor Sir Hew Strachan (St Andrews), Professor Laura Ugolini (Wolverhampton) & Professor Jay Winter (Yale).
We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations fitting within the conference topic. Therein we encourage international perspectives and seek a range of historical approaches together with cross-disciplinary insights. Suggested themes may include but are not limited to:
Warfare in 1918
The War in 1918
Women in 1918
Strategy, Tactics & Technology
Victory & Defeat
Winners & Losers
Peace & (Ongoing) Conflict
Aftermaths, Legacies & Impacts
Veterans (Male & Female)
Civilians & Consequences
Gender, Class, Race & Ethnicity
Ends & Beginnings
Learning/Understanding the War
Commemoration & Memory
We welcome submissions from scholars, including early career researchers & postgraduate students, as well as independent researchers, organisations, and community projects.
The First World War Network is delighted to be among the institutions supporting this conference, and we are keen to encourage members to submit submissions on relevant topics. We hope to be in a position to offer a limited number of bursaries to help support the participation of ECRs/PGRs in this event, and will be providing opportunities for ECR/PGR development as part of the conference. For further details, please contact Dr Oli Wilkinson at the address below.
Abstracts of 250 words should be accompanied by your name, affiliation (if applicable) and a brief biographical statement (c. 100 words). Panel submissions will also be considered.
Lucie Whitmore, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, co-founder of War Through Other Stuff, and member of the First World War Network, has kindly provided this review of our Research and Teaching Workshop, which took place last month at the University of Sheffield. The First World War Network are hard at work planning our next event now, and would love to hear your thoughts on what kind of specialist training and discussion YOU would like to see us provide. Join us by visiting the link below and completing our introductory questionnaire, and keep up with all the latest news by following us on Twitter @FwwNetwork:
Many thanks to Lucie for sharing her thoughts with us!
On July 18th, the First World War Network held their latest event at the University of Sheffield; a teaching and research workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers working on projects related to the First World War. I travelled down from Edinburgh for the event, and I’m so glad I braved the eight-hour round trip as the workshop proved not only to be incredibly helpful, but also a lovely opportunity to put faces to names and connect with other researchers.
The day started with a three-minute summary of research from every attendee, meaning that by the end of the first session we had a good idea of who everyone was and what they were working on. (Isn’t it nice at the end of a conference when you finally get a sense of all the different skills and interests in the room? This was like that – except at the start of the day, hooray!) While many of the attendees were PhD students like me, a good range of disciplines and backgrounds were also represented, and the chance to ask each other questions about our projects and experiences was very welcomed by all. A couple of projects discussed in this session with an online presence include:
After a nice long lunch break and a chance to chat with other attendees, we moved on to a session on teaching the First World War. Professor Alison Fell and Dr Chris Phillips led this session, with the aim to help us construct First World War-related teaching modules for undergraduate students. I have never done undergraduate teaching so I found all aspects of this session incredibly useful, with the First World War subject matter a bonus! By the end of this session we had all constructed teaching modules in small groups which we presented to the rest of the room. (I hope the ‘Dressing the First World War’ module Jenny Roberts and I designed comes to fruition one day!) One thing that I particularly liked about the teaching session was the reminder that there are infinite approaches we can take to the study and teaching of the history of war, as demonstrated by the great variety of ideas that were being discussed around the room.
The last session was led by Dr Matthew Ford, founder and editor-in-chief of the British Journal for Military History, and Dr Martin Hurcombe, co-editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies. In this session, we all learned a huge amount about the journal publishing process, and particularly the kinds of decisions editors make about the content they publish. Both Matthew and Martin were very generous in sharing stories and advice from their quite different careers as journal editors. A few key pointers that I noted down from this session were:
When submitting an article to a journal make sure you have read their ‘house rules’. If you have not included all the information they require, or your article is in the wrong format, it could be rejected for those reasons alone.
Similarly, make sure you have fully understood the remit of the journal. Don’t waste time submitting articles that may not be within their scope and interest.
Editors are not interested in articles that simply ‘describe’. If you find some brilliant source material, do something with it!
When submitting to a journal, make sure you explain why your research matters.
If editors come back to you with lots of feedback after peer review, or you go through multiple rounds of peer-reviewing, this probably means they really want to submit your work. They are giving you everything you need to get the work published because they see the potential in you and your work.
If you get a rejection or bad feedback, try putting it out of your mind for a few days and come back to it with a little distance. It may be easier to digest!
The day ended with a quick visit to the pub before we all jumped back onto our trains home. My main take away from the workshop was how helpful it had been to attend an academic event which incorporated really practical, helpful sessions as well as the chance to share research ideas. As PhD students we are (usually) given training of sorts from our universities, but it is not usually as focused or specialist as this. I certainly feel far better equipped to design a teaching module or submit a journal article, and I very much look forward to seeing what the First World War Network will be teaching us next!
Lucie Whitmore is a final year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching women’s fashion in the First World War. She is the co-founder of ‘War Through Other Stuff’, and will be co-editing a special themed issue of the British Journal for Military History.
Registration for our Research and Teaching Workshop, taking place at the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18th July, will close tomorrow at 12pm. We still have a very limited number of spaces available for anyone keen to participate in the event, which will feature contributions from:
Professor Alison Fell, Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Leeds
Dr Matthew Ford, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal for Military History
Dr Martin Hurcombe, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Bristol and Co-Editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies
Dr Christopher Phillips, Lecturer in History at Leeds Trinity University
Attendance is free to all First World War Network members, and travel bursaries are available. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, using ‘Research and Teaching Workshop’ as the subject line.
We are delighted to be able to announce that Dr Martin Hurcombe, Reader in French Studies at the University of Bristol and Co-editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies, will take part in the ‘Research: Writing and Publishing Journal articles’ session at our next workshop.
Martin will join Dr Matthew Ford, Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal for Military History, to provide attendees with a thorough introduction to the process, procedures, and preparations you need to be aware of when submitting your research for publication.
The full programme of events for Tuesday 18 July is:
A limited number of places are still available, but PLEASE hurry to avoid disappointment. To request your place, please email email@example.com using ‘Research and Teaching Workshop’ as the subject.
Following the launch of the First World War Network and the incredible response to our introductory questionnaire, we are delighted to announce initial details of our next event. On Tuesday 18 July, the First World War Network will be hosting a research and teaching workshop at the University of Sheffield, focusing on two aspects of the postgraduate and early-career researchers’ experience that YOU, our members, have told us you want to see.
This is your chance to come and meet the next generation of First World War researchers, share your research in an informal, supportive atmosphere, learn what journal editors are looking for in your article submissions, receive feedback on your own ideas, and consider what is required for you to convert your research passions into great undergraduate teaching.
Attendance for this event is free to members of the First World War Network, but numbers are strictly limited. Travel bursaries will be available, and the workshop will commence at 11am to reduce the need for attendees to arrange overnight accommodation.
Not yet a member of the First World War Network? Join today by visiting the link below and completing our introductory questionnaire:
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.
FWW Network member Mike Hally, PhD doctoral candidate, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, University of Edinburgh, shares some insights after the recent ‘What Tommy Did Next’ symposium, including his hopes for the FWW Network to ‘join-up’ researchers working on parallel areas of First World War history (but often in complete ignorance of one another).
As with other conferences in the last year or so, we were all struck by the range and diversity of original research being carried out on the First World War and its aftermath – but also by how much we didn’t know about this work until we got people together. It does seem that lots of people are carrying out fascinating new research, much of it based on new sources, yet often without knowing about others’ work in related fields. I certainly include my own studies into the origins of the veterans’ groups that preceded the British Legion within this observation.
So it was great that our event also saw the UK launch of the FWW Network, which is much-needed as a way of joining up all these research projects and connecting all the people doing them. After Jay Winter gave a characteristically deep and thought-provoking Keynote Address on ‘the Silences of the Men Who Served’, the stage was set for the steering committee of Oliver, Chris, Philippa, and David, alongside Sarah Lloyd from the Everyday Lives in War engagement centre, to set out the case for the Network and what it hopes to achieve, plus the welcome news that, because it has AHRC funding, no-one will need to pay a membership fee!
By the end of the day it was very clear that most of the people there want to stay in contact, and the FWW Network will be the means by which that can be achieved. I’m looking forward to that happening and continuing to grow the contacts initiated that day. Perhaps an early task for the network will be to compile a searchable database of all these studies, the people working on them, keywords, related resources and so on?
Committee member Oliver Wilkinson responds: A key aim of the FWW Network is certainly to try to connect ECRs and PGRs working on the First World War. Therein we are currently looking at how to best us our website via a member’s section. We will certainly take on-board Mike’s suggestions of keywords and tags!