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Forthcoming research seminars in War Studies:

Dr Edward Madigan, Lecturer in Public History and First World War Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London:
"An Irish Louvain": Memories of 1914 and the Moral Climate in Britain during the Irish War of Independence
Thursday, 8 March at 6pm, Classics Seminar Room, Level 6, Arts Building

Professor Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses MRIA, Maynooth University, and Robert McNamara, University of Ulster:
The White Redoubt, the Great Powers and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1960–1980
Thursday, 15 March at 6 pm, Classics Seminar Room, Level 6, Arts Building

Dr Selena Daly, University College Dublin:
Art and politics: the Futurist invention of Fascism in the Great War.
Wednesday, 21 March at 5 pm, Level 6, Arts Building, room A 6.009.

Michele Pajero, Sant'Anna Institute of Advanced Studies, Pisa:
Italian emigrants and the Great War between the Liberal state and Fascism.
Wednesday, 4 April at 5 pm, Level 6, Arts Building, room A 6.009.

Report and Podcasts from The "Languages at War" Workshop

In Light of the Very Successful and Fruitful One-Day Workshop:'Enmity, Loyalty, Nation and Empire: Languages in the Great War'Co-Organised by the Centre for War Studies and Dr Tamara Scheer of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Science History, we have made this report of the proceedings available.

Centre for War Studies Director's Report, 2013-14

The annual Director's report, outlining activities of the Centre for War Studies in the academic year 2013-14, can be viewed here.


The Academic World in the Era of the Great War

The Centre for War Studies hosted a major international conference on 'The Academic World in the Era of the Great War' from 14 to 16 August, 2014. Co-organized with colleagues in Montreal, the conference saw twenty-seven speakers from eleven different countries discuss different ways in which scholarship, scholars, and academic disciplines engaged in the First World War and were shaped by it.

The conference was opened by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Patrick J. Prendergast, and his opening address can be viewed here.

A full report of the conference's proceedings can be viewed on the H-Soz-u-Kult website, here.

Dr. Tomas Irish, one of the conference organizers, discussed the conference, its themes, and its specific relationship to the history of Trinity College Dublin in a podcast for the Irish Humanities Alliance.


The First World War in European Children's Literature 1970-2014

The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 27 June 2014

Building on recent research into literary constructions of childhood in the years leading up to and during the Great War, this event will focus on the processes at play in more recent literary production, investigating and comparing representations of the War in materials produced across Europe since the beginning of the so-called ‘post-memory’ period in the 1970s right up until the present day. The symposium will be held in English but we welcome international and comparative perspectives; a particular emphasis will be placed on the translation and transnational reception of children’s war literature.   A writers’ and practitioners’ panel will also reflect on the process of mediating the War to children through literature and theatre.

Full programme and registration details available at

Visiting Research Fellow

The Centre is delighted to announce that Dr. Tamara Scheer, of the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Historische Sozialwissenschaft in Vienna, will be a visiting research fellow at the CWS from January 20th until January 31st. As part o her stay Dr. Scheer will be presenting a seminar paper, entitled‘The Hope for Unification and the Fear of Disintegration: the Effect of Multilingualism in the Habsburg Army (1868-1918)’ at the CWS seminar on January 23rd, at 4pm in the TRIARC seminar room.

Call for Papers for an International Workshop on ‘Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I: Europe and the Wider World’, National University of Ireland, Galway, Friday 13th-Saturday 14th June 2014

Full details can be found here.


New Research Project: Making War, Mapping Europe. Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920

Before the age of mass tourism began, warfare was one of the most significant engines of cultural encounter in European history. Across Europe and on its frontiers, the era of mass armies inaugurated by the French Revolution involved millions of soldiers and civilians in cultural encounters to which they would not otherwise have been exposed. Funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research Programme, 'Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920' brings together scholars from Trinity College Dublin, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Universities of York and Swansea to examine these encounters between soldiers and civilians across Europe and on its borders over the course of the long nineteenth century.

Full details can be found here.


Centre for War Studies Hilary Term Seminar Schedule

Full details can be found here.

The First World War in European Children's Literature, 1970-2014:

This one day international symposium will take place at the Trinity Long Room Hub on June 27th, 2014. Full details here.

Europe's Violent Memories:

This new three-year series of public lectures delivered by eminent international scholars in different disciplines such as history, literary and film studies, and memory studies, will explore how war, its traumas and its contested memories have proved pivotal to the formation of European identites in the 20th century.

The series is being co-organized by the Centre for War Studies (School of Histories and Humanities), the Centre for European Studies (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies) in association with the Trinity Long Room Hub. It will adopt a different focus each year.

In 2013-14, the centenary of the First World War, the series will explore the nature and legacy of that conflict down to the present. The focus in 2014-15, the seventieth anniversary of 1945, will be on the extreme violence of the Second World War and the ways in which this has shaped subsequent European memories and identities. The final year, 2015-16, will re-examine the legacies of the Easter Rising at its centenary and of Ireland's revolutionary decade more generally. It will seek to locate the founding decade of modern Ireland in the context of Europe and the non-European world over the last hundred years, including inter-war Eastern Europe, post-1945 decolonization and Norther Ireland during the 'Troubles.'

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