Dissent and the First World War In New Zealand

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Call for Papers
August 31, 2017 to September 2, 2017
New Zealand
Subject Fields: 
Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Military History, Nationalism History / Studies, Political History / Studies

The First World War divided New Zealand society in many ways. But in the current commemorative climate little attention has been paid to the perceptions and actions of those who opposed the war. Dissent may take many forms, and we hope that this conference, cohosted by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project, will include discussion of the following themes, among others:

  • Conscription 
  • Māori and dissent, e.g. Te Puea Hērangi and Kīngitanga, or Rua Kenana
  • Pre-war anti-militarism 
  • Post-war dissent e.g. veterans 
  • Repression and persecution of dissent
  • NZ Labour Party and dissent 
  • NZ trade unions and dissent
  • War profiteering 
  • Dissent within the military
  • Pro-German perspectives 
  • Germans and internment
  • Internment 
  • Censorship
  • Pacifism 
  • Conscientious objection
  • The Irish in New Zealand 
  • Influence of the Bolshevik Revolution or Easter 1916
  • Perceptions of dissent 
  • Religious dissent 
  • Moral campaigns
  • Gender and dissent
  • Divided communities, e.g. sectarianism


Contact Info: 

The deadline for proposals is 28 APRIL 2017. These should include a title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and full contact details for the presenter(s). We welcome submissions from a broad range of presenters and encourage those who might be interested in organizing a panel session, or have any further queries, to contact David Grant.

Please email proposals for papers to each of the conference organizers listed below:

Richard Hill: richard.hill@vuw.ac.nz
David Grant: david.grant@xtra.co.nz
Peter Clayworth: peterclayworth@hotmail.com
Anna Green: anna.green@vuw.ac.nz