II INSULA International Colloquium. The Great War and Insular Spaces

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Psychology, Contemporary History

II INSULA International Colloquium

The Great War and Insular Spaces

1, 2 and 3 December 2016

Funchal | UMa-CIERL

Proposals submission deadline: 30 June, 2016

On December 3, 1916 the city of Funchal was bombed by a German submarine. In a violent manner, Madeira felt the most extreme effects of a global conflict which, since 1914, involved the major powers with interests on a global scale. It was the first Portuguese land in the Northern hemisphere to suffer such a direct attack, an action that happened again on December 12, 1917, when the second bombing happened, as well as other ocassions people could hear the news about and feel the consequences of the U-boats in the Madeiran sea.

As early as 1914, the outbreak of war had immediate consequences on the life and the imaginary of the island, which escalated in March 1916, when Portugal joined the conflict. Then, the duration and the scope of the confrontation caused new problems of a political, economic, social and cultural nature, reaching every continent. The Atlantic and Portugal changed. The Western world developed new technologies, ideologies (re)appeared, pointed to new ways, some of which resulting in the restriction of freedom and the denial of democratic principles of liberalism. This is the reason why the state overrode the rights of the citizens.

The participation of Portugal in the Great War can be explained precisely by the need to make a political and strategic statement in the Euro-Atlantic framework, as was the case with the affirmation of the new republican regime and the defense of the colonies in Africa, particularly Angola and Mozambique, against German ambitions and offensive.

Starting from this general framework and in order to mark the centenary of the first bombing of Funchal, the Research Centre for Regional and Local Studies of the University of Madeira (UMa-CIERL) organises the II International Insula Conference – The Great War and Insular Spaces, intending to contribute to further knowledge, to review issues and in particular to encourage research on the Great War, and on its involvement and experience in insular spaces.

We are inviting proposals from several disciplines: History, Political and Military Studies, Economics and Finance, Communication Studies, Cultural and Literary Studies, Tourism, Architecture and Art, Archival Studies, Engineering, Linguistics, Translation studies, Geography, Museology, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.

We suggest contributions on the topics including the following ones:

1.The Great War:

1.1. and Madeira

1.2. and the Portuguese Atlantic archipelagos;

1.3. and other insular spaces;

1.4. and Portuguese colonies;

1.5. and the 1st Portuguese Republic;

1.6. and the military;

1.7. and the labour movement;

1.8. Politics and economics;

1.9. Trauma and memory;

1.10. Representation, the imaginary and(re)mediation: Literature, Arts and Media;

2. The Atlantic, the Mediterranean and other seas during the Great War;

3. Foreign policy and diplomacy during the Great War;

4. The Heritage of the Great War;

5. War and Anti-war movements;


Colloquium Languages:

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Proposals Submission:

Proposals for presentations (lasting no more than 20 minutes) and posters should be sent by 30 June 2016 to the e-mail address:insula2@mail.uma.pt,, including the following:

  • Title of the paper / poster;
  • Summary in a working language of the meeting and in English (200 words);
  • 5 keywords;
  • Author’s name, email address, affiliation and a brief bio note (100 words).


The Organizing Committee of the II International Insula Conference The Great War and Insular Spaces will notify the authors of the proposed presentations and posters if their contributions have been accepted by 31st July, 2016.

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