The University of Wolverhampton in association with the Western Front Association


International Conference 1918 - 2018


The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century 6 th - 8 th September 2018




This international conference is hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers. We are also working with History West Midlands as a media partner.


The event will spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year.


Keynote speaker:


Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)

Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)

Professor Gary Sheffield (Wolverhampton)

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

Professor Laura Ugolini (University of Wolverhampton)

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)


This event seeks to encourage international perspectives and to encompass a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights. It will feature keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and what came afterwards, along with panel sessions from established and emerging researchers. The event is being developed collaboratively with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, local schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events.



We invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations fitting within the conference topic.


Suggested themes may include but are not limited to:


  • Warfare in 1918
  • The War in 1918
  • Women in 1918
  • Strategy, Tactics & Technology
  • Victory & Defeat
  • Winners & Losers
  • Peace & (Ongoing) Conflict
  • Revolution(s)
  • Aftermaths, Legacies & Impacts
  • Veterans (Male & Female)
  • Civilians & Consequences
  • Gender, Class, Race & Ethnicity
  • Ends & Beginnings
  • Learning/Understanding the War Commemoration & Memory
  • The Centenary


Abstracts of 250 words should be accompanied by your name, affiliation (if applicable) and a brief biographical statement (c. 100 words).

Panel submissions will also be considered.

We welcome submissions from scholars, including ECRs & PGRs, as well as independent researchers, organisations, and community projects.

Submissions should be sent to Dr Oliver Wilkinson ( by 3 rd January 2018 Conference registration is expected to open in spring 2018.




If you are interested in attending the event only please send an expression of interest to Dr Oliver Wilkinson ( This will ensure that you are added to the distribution list for event updates (including notice of the opening of event registration


Keep up-to-date with all the latest event news at our website


'The End of the War & the Reshaping of a Century' 




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