Artistic Expressions and The Great War: A Hundred Years On Conference

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this interdisciplinary conference proposes to explore the impact of total war on the arts from a transnational perspective, including attention to the Ottoman Empire and colonial territories.

We are defining arts broadly -- literature, performing arts, visual arts and media, including film, propaganda and other mass mediated forms. World War I was the matrix on which all subsequent violence of the 20th century was forged. The war took millions of lives, led to the fall of four empires, established new nations, and negatively affected others. During and after the war, individuals and communities struggled to find expression for their wartime encounters and communal as well as individual mourning. Throughout this time of enormous upheaval, many artists redefined their place in society, among them writers, performers, painters and composers. Some sought to renew or re-establish their place in the postwar climate, while others longed for an irretrievable past, and still others tried to break with the past entirely. This conference explores the ways that artists contributed to wartime culture -- both representing and shaping it -- as well as the ways in which wartime culture influenced artistic expressions. Artists’ places within and against reconstruction efforts illuminate the struggles of the day.

We seek to examine how they dealt with the experience of conflict and mourning and their role in re-establishing creative traditions in the changing climate of the interwar years.

Keynote address:
“The Great War and the Avant-Gardes”
Annette Becker 
Professor of Contemporary History 
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense

 

For more information: Artistic Expressions and The Great War: A Hundred Years On

Dates: November 7, 8, 9, 2018

Location: Hofstra University

 

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

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Hofstra University
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000
USA



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