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1917: a global turning point in history and memory

1917: a global turning point in history and memory


2017 Project submitted by Texas A&M | Embassy of France and La Mission du Centenaire's support: $ 8 000 (MdC)

Project coordinator: Richard Golsan

Summary of the Project

The 2-day long conference for which we are seeking funding, “1917: A Global Turing Point in Memory and History,” will feature distinguished scholars from France, other Institutions in the United States, and TAMU faculty. The conference will address the importance of the Great War and the year 1917 in particular in military, political, diplomatic, and cultural terms. Topics to be addressed include the American entry into the war and its legacies in postwar Europe and the world; wartime artifacts including items recovered from the trenches; the war in posters; the role of women and the war’s impact on gender roles, the Bolshevik Revolution, and postwar legal efforts to construct a lasting Peace through the creation of institutions like the League of Nations. All speakers have agreed to submit their lectures in essay form for an issue of South Central Review. The issue is slated to appear in the 2017 calendar year. Supporting Institutions within the University Include the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the Departments of History, International Studies, Hispanic Studies, and the Scowcroft Institute at the Bush School. The audience will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in History, International Studies and from the Bush School, as well as the general public.