Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments - International Conference about the First World War

University of Newcastle, Australia
Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle (Australia)
16.07.2018 - 18.07.2018
Thomas Schmutz

Aim of the conference

A century after the end of the First World War, this conference is an occasion to reflect on international relations and entanglements during the global conflict. The conference aims to challenge Eurocentric views of the war and focus instead on its transnational and global face. The aim is to bring together an international group of scholars working on transnational and international fields and aspects of the war, such as diplomacy, rivalry between war partners, secret diplomacy or commemoration.
After the success of a first conference at the University of Zurich (31 January-2 February 2018) (, this second conference will attempt to integrate a wider range of perspectives into the global scope. A special focus will be on scholarship from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


We welcome a wide-range of papers, including critical reflections, and papers that deal with European theatres of war and inter-European entanglements. Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
- International Relations
- Cooperation and Rivalry between War Partners
- Alliances
- Networks, NGOs, Red Cross, Transnational companies
- Visions of Post-War Future, Peace and Order
- Transition from War to Peace (Global War, Local Peace)
- Global War – Global Actors – Local Actors
- Commemoration (transnational)
- Revolutions, Ruptures and Turning Points
- Knowledge transfer, secret diplomacy and intelligence services

How to apply
Please send an abstract of 300-350 words for a 20-minute paper and a short biography (max. 150 words) in a single Word document to by Wednesday 28 March 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early May.

We hope to publish the proceedings in a special issue of a refereed journal as well as in an edited collection of essays.

General Information

Conference Venue: NewSpace, the new city campus in the heart of Newcastle, close to the harbor and beach area.

Organizers: Thomas Schmutz (University of Newcastle; University of Zurich), Thomas Munro (University of Auckland), Matthew Kovac (University of Oxford), Bryce Abrahams (University of Newcastle) and Honae Cuffe (University of Newcastle).

Travel to venue: International Airport Newcastle and Shuttle Bus or by train from Central Station Sydney.


The conference will be organized with panels of 3-5 speakers on all days, a workshop for doctoral students (half a day) and three keynotes. One of the keynote speaker is Prof. Dr. Peter Stanley (Univerity of NSW Canberra; Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society).


Please use the conference email

Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments - International Conference about the First World War, 16.07.2018 – 18.07.2018 Newcastle, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 04.03.2018, <>.