CfP: Deadline Friday for "Concluding the Great War: Peace Achieved? 1918-1919" Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, June 26-28 2019

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Hawaii World War I Symposium

Call for Presentations

Concluding the Great War: Peace Achieved? 1918-1919

Hawaii Pacific University - Honolulu, Hawaii

June 26-28, 2019

Since 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, it is appropriate to remember those pivotal events with an academic symposium. The State of Hawaii’s World War One Centennial Task Force in conjunction with Hawaii Pacific University and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, will host this event at the historic Aloha Tower. The program will include a unique boat tour of Pearl Harbor’s WWI heritage and a screening of World War I films.

The symposium will focus on events that can be considered as contributing to, or resulting from, the end of hostilities. Details surrounding the Paris Peace Conference which ended the war will be of special interest but any item which occurred during or as a result of actions taken during the last year of the Great War are of interest. Topics could include areas such as:

  • Final military actions of 1918

  • Siberian Intervention 1918-1922

  • Paris Peace Conference & its various activities broadly considered (creation of, logistics for, transportation to/from, deliberations & process, impacts of, etc.)

  • Political or social changes caused by the war/peace process/returning soldiers (spread of nationalism, diseases, anti-colonial efforts, etc.)

  • Military demobilization

  • Civilian rebuilding and humanitarian efforts immediately post-conflict

  • Influence on/creation of Veterans or professional organizations (i.e. American Legion, Military Order of World Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Reserve Officers Assn., National Defense Industrial Assn., etc.)

Preference will be given to topics touching on Hawaii & the Pacific Rim but all proposals will be considered.

Symposium organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include two to three presentations. Symposium sessions will follow a 90-minute format to include one hour for presentations (divided equally among 2-3 presenters) and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by new scholars and university students are especially encouraged.

Submissions for individual presentations and panel sessions must include:
- Paper or Project title/Session title
- Presenter’s CV/resume (maximum 2 pages)
- A summary of the proposed presentation (250-500 words) – This abstract will be used by the symposium organizers to evaluate your proposal.
- Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Information for on-site housing, registration details and the conference program will be available at the following website once it becomes active in mid-April:

Please send submissions or questions with the subject line preface: WWI Symposium to If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker. Deadline for submissions is Friday May 24, 2019. Deadline for early registration is Wednesday May 29, 2019, and the last day to register is Tuesday June 18, 2019.

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