CFP: Approaching War: Europe at Newcastle University, March 15-17, 2013

CFP: Approaching War: Childhood, Culture, and the First World War, 1880-1919
An International Leverhulme Trust Project

Deadline: September 1, 2012
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This is the third of three conferences aimed at producing a website and
edited collections to provide teachers, academics, and the interested
public with a rich and diverse resource of materials on childhood,
children’s culture and children’s literature in the period 1890-1919. The
searchable website will consist of video recordings of the conference
papers, backed up by summaries, images, links and bibliographies; the
published volumes will contain expanded versions of the conference papers.

We are inviting proposals for papers on any aspect of childhood, children’s
culture and children’s literature in this period, relating to the approach
of war. Potential topics might include:

• Toys, Games and Ephemera
• Children’s Literature before 1914 (especially poetry)
• Children’s Poetry of the War
• The Approach to War in Continental Europe
• Materials Written by Children
• The Treatment of Children and War in 20th and 21st Century
Children’s Books

Proposals should be in the form of a detailed summary (no more than 500
words), including an indication of the (non-copyright) visual materials
that you could provide for the website. In order to obtain maximum benefit
from the conference, participants would be asked to produce, by 1 February
2013, an advanced draft paper, which would then be put on the website with
access limited to other conference delegates. At the conference, speakers
will be asked to give a 20-30 minute presentation, which will be digitally
recorded for the website. After the conference, we will ask for completed
papers to be sent to us by 30 April, 2013. The papers will then be
peer-reviewed for inclusion in the published volumes or on the website.

The deadline for proposals is 1 September, 2012, and we will inform you of
the outcome by 15 October 2012.

Some bursaries for travel and accommodation will be available.

Please send proposals to: