The Myth of the Great War
An International Conference
An international interdisciplinary conference on "The Myth of the Great War" will be held April 24-25, 2014, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. The conference is organized by Fabio Finotti, Chris Poggi, Jonathan Steinberg, and Luca Badini Confalonieri with the collaboration of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, and it will be hosted by the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Before being a reality, war is a creation of the imagination, a legendary elaboration of the past, a utopia for the future. From the Risorgimento to Fascism, the myth of war always preceded military confrontations, painted them with its own colors, and transfigured them in different ways. State religion gave war a holy character, made it the locus of the consecration of lay martyrs and the foundational event of civic rites. The celebration of progress, of the machine, of Darwinian selection, presented war as the apotheosis of futurist modernity. The dream of a collectivity without hierarchies painted war as fusion of the intellectuals with the people and as fraternal experience. Different ideas of war gave rise to different ways to represent and remember it. The conference will not examine war only as symbolic form of socio-political language but also as poetic, artistic, musical, and cinematographic language.
250 word proposals and a brief vita (no cv please!) should be submitted to email@example.com by February 20, 2014.
Further information here.