Imperial Legacies of 1919 Registration Open

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April 18, 2019 to April 20, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, British History / Studies, Military History, South Asian History / Studies, History Education

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the "Imperial Legacies of 1919" conference taking place at the University of North Texas, April 18-20, 2019. The conference includes keynote addresses by Dr. Susan Kingsley Kent (Colorado) and Shrabani Basu, film screenings (Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old" at Alamo Drafthouse and "Victoria & Abdul" featuring a discussion with Shrabani Basu), panels, and roundtables on the themes of war and empire.

Registration is $25 for students, $40 for Assistant Professors/postdocs/university staff, $60 for Associate Professors, $75 for Full Professors and members of the public. Paid registrations include all events and dinner on 4/19 and lunch on 4/20. Tickets for "They Shall Not Grow Old" can be purchased separately for $10 (please do not buy one if you are also registering for the conference).

Register Through UNT Ticketing


Full conference program:

Thursday, April 18, 2019: Victoria & Abdul

UNT Union Lyceum (226). Film begins at 5:30pm. Doors open at 5. Discussion with Shrabani Basu to follow. Free and open to the public.



Session 1: Friday, April 19, 1-2:30


Session 1a (Union 332): Teaching Colonialism


Mike Wise, (UNT History)

Andy Nelson, (UNT Anthropology)

Ipsita Chatterjee, (UNT Geography)

Nancy L. Stockdale, (UNT History)

John Nauright, (UNT Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation)


Session 1b (Union 341): Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma 

Panel Chair: Ateka A. Contractor, UNT Psychology


Anjali Kanojia, (Houston) and Tina Nguyen (Houston) “Proposed Interdisciplinary Framework of Health and Trauma: Examining Epigenetic, Cultural and Political Factors in Populations with an Imperial Past”


Bridget Keown, (Northeastern) “‘There is no evidence that she sustained any serious shock’ Female Veterans, War Trauma, and Postwar Ireland”


Nathalie Egalite, (University of Texas Medical Branch) “Literary Representations of War Trauma Beyond the Trenches”


Kayla Campana, (UCF) “‘Worn Out by Their War Work’: An Examination of the Gendered Aspects of Psychological War Trauma of World War I”


Session 2: Friday, April 19, 2:45-4:15


Session 2a (Union 332) International Migrations after Global War

Panel Chair: Ipsita Chatterjee, UNT Geography


Gail Romano, (Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum), “Of 'warriors & wives': when Mrs ANZAC was not a colonial”


Heena Mistry, (Queen’s University, Canada) “Indian Colonization Schemes and the Reconfiguration of Territory in the Aftermath of the Great War”


Rishma Johal, (McGill) “Imperial Legacy and Immigration Policy: South Asians in Canada”


Session 2b (Union 341): US Institutions and the Contest for Global Dominance

Panel Chair: Mike Wise, UNT History


Julia Shatz, (CSU-Fresno) “‘The Greatest Mother in the World’: The American Red Cross in Palestine and a New Imperial World Order” 


Jeannine Berroteran, (Library Sciences, Indiana) “A Return to Patriarchal Nationalism: Erasing Diversity from War and Peace”


Andrew Huebner, (UNT) “Herbert Hoover’s Humanitarian Empire: The Meteoric Rise of the American Relief Administration in 1919” 


Session 3: Friday, April 19, 4:30-6


Session 3a (Union 332): Space, Place, and Sovereignty in South Asia after 1919

Panel Chair: Lisa Owen, UNT Art History


Madihah Akhter (Stanford University) “Puppets, Despots, Playboys: A Reappraisal of Indian Sovereignty in the Chamber of Princes”


Kate Imy (University of North Texas) “Occupying Punjab: Sikh Identity, Militancy, and Space after the Amritsar Massacre”


Aparna Kumar (UCLA) “Cultural Dispossession and the Making of the Postcolonial World”



Session 3b (Union 341): Remembering War 

Panel Chair: Nora Gilbert, UNT English


Bryan McClure, (University of Western Ontario) “The Individual in the Empire: Memory, Memorials and Imperial Identity after the First World War” 


Anna Pamela Rindfleisch, (King’s College- London) "The Way Mothers and Lovers Mourned Fallen Soldiers: Looking at the Shift from Victorian Age Mourning to Interwar Period Mourning in Noel Coward’s Post Mortem” 


Danielle Wirsansky, (FSU) "Desert Queen and the White Mouse: How the Successes of Everyday British Women & Female Spies in WWI Paved the Way for Female Agency in



Dinner with address by Shrabani Basu, "For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers in WWI" Dinner served from 6:15, Union 314AB. Registration and payment required. Undergraduate posters on display.


Session 4: Saturday, April 20, 8-9:30


Extended Session 4/5a (Union 382, 9:00-11:00): On the Edge of Empire: Rethinking Nepal’s ‘Non-Colonial’ Legacy

Panel Chair: Andrew Nelson, UNT Anthropology


Yubraj Aryal, (UNT English) “Nepal and the Non-colonized/Non-postcoloniality”


Lopita Nath (University of the Incarnate Word) “Nepali Migration to Assam: Colonial Legacies, Post-Colonial Conflicts”


Andrew Nelson (UNT Anthropology) “What’s ‘Post’ about Nepal’s Crypto-Colonialism? Questions for the Anthropology of Nepal’s Non-Colonial Condition”


Amy Johnson (Yale) “The Geography of Nepali Nationalism: From Imperialism to Federalism”


Heather Hindman (University of Texas), “Colonized by Development: Nepal’s Difficult relationship with the Aid Industry”


Session 4b (Union 332, 8:00-9:30): Soldiers Negotiating Empire

Panel Chair: Kate Imy, UNT History


Anotida Chikumbu, (University of Zimbabwe) “‘From Combatants to Contractors’: The Role Played by Southern Rhodesia’s War Veterans in Post-War Society, c.1919-1939”


Derek Blakeley, (McNeese State University) “Rebuilding a Unique Imperial Relationship: The Imperial Service Troops after World War I”


Kevin Broucke, (UNT) “Perceptions and realities of the ‘Mediterranean East’ by the French soldiers who served in the Dardanelles and Macedonia.”


Matt Kovac, (Oxford and Northwestern) “‘The White Man’s Bloody Game”: Irish Nationalists in the British Colonial Forces, 1913-1922”


Session 5: Saturday, April 20, 9:45-11:15


Session 5a (continued, Union 382) “On the Edge of Empire” 9:00-11


Session 5b: (Union 332) Afterlives of the Central Powers, 9:45-11:15

Panel Chair: Dr. Christoph Weber, UNT World Languages and Literature


Emily Gioielli, (Missouri Western State) “Prostitution and the Politics of Gendered Violence in 1919 Hungary”


Peter Thompson, (Illinois Urbana-Champaign) “The Ties that Bind Us: German Pacifist Critiques of National Chemical Defense in the 1920s”


Virginia Pili, (Roma Tre University, Italy) “How Red Biennium changed the perception of the October Revolution in Italy.”


Gevorg Petrosyan, (Armenia National Academy of Sciences) “‘Intermediate’ Intelligence: Impact of Turkish Intelligence Services on the War of Independence (1919-1922)”


Session 6: Saturday, April 20, 11:30-1pm


Session 6a (Union 382) Roundtable: Rethinking Identities and Empires

Roundtable Moderator: Talia Weltman-Cisneros, (UNT Spanish)


Hailey Stewart, (UNT)

Michael Morel, Jr. (UT Arlington)

Amy Millet, (University of Kansas)

Edy Ritt, (UNT)

Yan Vuks, (UNT)

Saman Essa, (Houston)

Maumita Banerjee, (Waseda University, Tokyo)


Session 6b (Union 332): "Resisting Intervention" 

Panel Chair: Waquar Ahmed, UNT Geography 


Abdul-Karim Khan, (Leeward Community College, University of Hawaii), “How the First World War Led to the Third Anglo-Afghan War”


Olusegun James Adeyeri, (Lagos State University, Nigeria) “Anti-Imperial Nationalism, the League of Nations and Post-World War 1 International Order: The Ethiopia Case”


Rajendu Sulochana, (University of Texas) “The Impact of the WW-I in the Rural Societies in British Malabar”


Lunch 1:00-2:00 Jade Ballroom (Union 333)


Session 7: Saturday, April 20, 2:15-3:45


Session 7a (Union 382): Roundtable on War, Violence, and Empire

Roundtable Moderator:  Paul Hensel (UNT Political Science)


Samuel Liberty, (UNT)

William Bullard, (UNT)

Matthew Palmer, (UNT)

Stephanie Makowsky, (CUNY)

Han Wos, (UNT)

Syed “Sammy” Uddin-Ahmed (Highland College)


Session 7b (Union 332): Forging National Identities in an Imperial World

Panel Chair: Sadaf Munshi, UNT Linguistics


Tamer Balci, (UTRGV) “Language and Identity under the Shadow of Imperialism”


Evren Altinkas, (University of Guelph, Canada) "Treaty of Lausanne as the Founding Agreement of Republic of Turkey: Unsolved Legacies of First World War"


Robert Boucher, (FSU) “A Great War and International Discourse: Vietnamese Pursuit of Equality in the Post-War Era”


Keynote address by Susan Kingsley Kent, "An Indian on Foot is No Indian at All" (4-5:30, UNT Lyceum). Free and open to the public.


Film screening of They Shall Not Grow Old at Denton Alamo Drafthouse with introduction about the Imperial War Museum collections by Kate Imy, staring at 7:00pm (doors open 6:30). Advance registration required.



Many thanks to our conference sponsors: The Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the Society for Military History, the UNT College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the UNT College of Information, the UNT School of Journalism, UNT-International, the UNT Military History Center and the UNT departments of History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Political Science, English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Communications Studies, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and World Languages and Literatures.













Contact Info: 

Dr. Kate Imy, University of North Texas,