CFP: 1919 Between the Global and the Local

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Social History / Studies, World History / Studies

To mark the launch of the new MA in Global British Studies, Queen Mary,

University of London, is organising a one-day conference on 1919 as both a

global and a local moment of ferment. Drawing on the insights provided by the

most recent scholarship on modern Britain and within the fields of global and

new imperial history, Global British Studies challenges conventional narratives

in which change simply flowed from the imperial metropole to the periphery. It

takes aspects of British history, usually studied in isolation, and shows them in

their global context.

The aim of this conference is to critically interrogate the construction of 1919

simply as a historical watershed defined by macro-events such as the Versailles

Peace Treaty or the so-called ‘Wilsonian Moment’. What were the local and

marginal experiences of this global moment? How did the personal and the

political coalesce? Contributions focusing on race, gender, empire, radical

politics and resistance are particularly welcome.

A public lecture by James Vernon on the evening of 31 October will precede the

conference, followed on 1 November by a keynote on Amritsar 1919: an Empire

of Fear and the Making of a Massacre by Kim Wagner.

Proposals with a 200-word abstract should be submitted by 15 September 2019



Contact Info: 

Dr. Leslie James,

Dr. Kim Wagner,

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