Call for Papers: Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives – Friday 28th June 2013, National Army Museum, London

Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives
A one-day conference at the National Army Museum, London
Organised by NAM and the University of Leicester
Friday 28 June 2013, National Army Museum, London
Keynote Speakers: Louise Berridge and Dr Trudi Tate

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The Crimean War most often comes into view via a patchwork of mythologies and controversies:

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Mary Seacole
  • The Lady with the Lamp
  • British ‘blunder’ and ‘stiff upper lip’
  • French ‘foppery’
  • Russian ‘bears’
  • Last of the old wars or first of the new?.

This conference seeks to explore the conflict’s wide-ranging significance, placing it in the context of earlier and later nineteenth century warfare, and considering its varied cultural afterlives, including those of its principal actors, such as the idolised Florence Nightingale, the despairing Lord Raglan, and the enterprising reporter W.H. Russell. It charts imaginative engagements with the conflict – in literature, history, visual art, and the media – from the nineteenth-century to the present. The event also aspires to bring together a range of perspectives on nationhood, asking how the mythologies of this war vary between the different countries involved, Britain, France, Piedmont-Sardinia, Russia and Turkey.

The event, and a resulting publication, will endeavour to produce a uniquely rich and varied picture of the continuing cultural significance of this often neglected war.

We warmly invite proposals for 20 minute papers from all disciplines. Indicative topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Crimean War as a focus for Victorian concerns
  • The Crimean legacy up to the present day
  • (Re)writings of the Crimea – intertexts and aftertexts
  • The role of museums and other cultural institutions in narrating this conflict
  • Myth-making
  • The conflict’s pivotal position from Waterloo to Mons
  • Memory, psychosis, trauma
  • Popular perceptions and engagement over time and space

Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be sent to Rachel Anchor (ra250@le.ac.uk) with a brief biographical note, by 31 March 2013.

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