Papers, panel proposals sought for UNT conference exploring lasting impact of WWI, imperialism

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:25

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas Department of History is seeking scholars and student researchers to present in an upcoming conference offering a global, interdisciplinary perspective on World War I and its lasting legacy.

Leading up to the 100-year anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles signing that formally brought an end to WWI, the university will host the two-day conference, CFP: Imperial Legacies of 1919, April 19-20.

The issues nations around the world were grappling with during WWI didn’t just disappear, says Kate Imy, conference organizer and UNT assistant history professor specializing in the British Empire, WWI and imperialism.

“We’re thinking about what we can learn by reflecting on this post-war period not only in the U.S., but how the whole world was affected by this war,” Imy said.

Journalist Shrabani Basu will lecture on Indian soldiers during WWI, which she wrote about in her book, “For King and Another Country.” British Empire historian Susan Kingsley Kent will give the keynote address. 

Imy plans to bring in speakers across disciplines from history and anthropology to linguistics and geography. 

“Anytime you can look at war through a different perspective, it brings new insight,” Imy said. 

Here’s a look at upcoming deadlines for those interested in taking part in the conference: 

Dec. 31 – Paper and panel proposals from individuals or groups of scholars are due. Individual paper submissions must include a 250-word abstract and current CV. Prospective panels require a 200-word panel abstract, 150-word abstracts for each paper and CVs for each panelist. 

Jan. 31 – Proposals from graduate students interested in taking part in the conference’s Graduate Student Roundtable on war and empire are due. A 100- to 200-word abstract for a five- to 10-minute presentation is required. The research can be any time period and theme related to empire. 

Feb. 15 – Proposals for the Undergraduate Poster Prize Competition are due. Undergraduate students should submit a 100- to 200-word description of their poster with one to three sample images. The poster should be related to the conference theme of WWI and imperialism. 

All submissions for the conference should be sent to

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