A British patriotic postcard captioned 'Victory in sight', The Army Children Archive, reproduced under a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) layered over photograph of amassed German prisoners, France, World War One, National Library of Scotland, reproduced under a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode).

1918 - 2018: An International Conference

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

‌‌6 to 8 September 2018‌Logos of Western Front Association, First World War Network, and History West Midlands

‌Speakers and their topics

‌Keynote speakers to include:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)

Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)

Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton)

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews)

Professor Laura Ugolini (University of Wolverhampton)‌

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)


This international conference will be 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.

It 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 overall conference topic. 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.

Please see the 1918 to 2018 Conference Call for Papers document (PDF 151K, Downloads file) for additional details. This document is also available in Word 1918 to 2018 Conference Call for Papers document - Word (Word doc 934k).

All submissions should be sent to Dr Oliver Wilkinson (O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk) by 3 January 2018.


We are pleased to be able to offer a number of sponsorship opportunities as part of this conference. If you believe that your core business is relevant to our conference delegates and you would like to explore the opportunity of promoting your organization’s activities at our event please contact Dr Oliver Wilkinson (O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk).

Organising Committee

The conference is being organised by the following members of the CHR in conjunction with the WFA: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, Dr Simon Constantine, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor Laura Ugolini and Dr Oliver Wilkinson.

Who to contact for more information

To register your interest or for further enquires please contact Dr Oliver Wilkinson Email to O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk

You can keep up to date with the latest event news on these webpages and by following us on twitter @1918to2018

How to book

Registration for attendance at the conference is expected to open in spring 2018.

Details of how to book; the conference fee; postgraduate/early career travel bursaries (subject to funding); accommodation details; and the event programme will be published closer to the date.

Note on accommodation: We are currently negotating with a local hotel in Wolverhampton to offer a limited number of rooms at a reduced conference rate. Full details will be made available when registration opens and delegates requiring accommodation will be asked to book directly through the hotel on a first come, first served, basis.

Photo credit: A British patriotic postcard captioned 'Victory in sight', The Army Children Archive, reproduced under a Creative Commons License layered over photograph of amassed German prisoners, France, World War One, National Library of Scotland, reproduced under a Creative Commons License.

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