Global War, Global Moments, Global Connections – International Conference – University of Zurich
International Conference about the First World War at the University of Zurich
31.01.2018 – 02.02.2018
The conference is kindly sponsored and supported by the following institutions:
Joel Bigler (BIG Media Bigler) will be present with his camera during the keynotes and certain panels. We are grateful for his support.
Wednesday, January 31
08:40: Registration (University of Zurich, Main Building, Room KOL-F-104, first floor) / Conference Opening by Thomas Schmutz and Gwendal Piégais
09:15 – Panel I: Global Connections in Wartime.
- Dr. Martin Deuerlein (University of Tübingen): Global War, International Relations and the Question of Order in an Interdependent World
- Dr. Steve Marti (Independent Scholar, Ontario, Canada): Dominion Over Empire: Race and Recruitment in Britain’s Settler Colonies
- Dr. Francesca Piana (Swiss National Science Foundation): An Endless War: Gendering International Relief, 1914-1923
- Dr. Daniel Palmieri (Red Cross Archive, Geneva): Humanitarianism in Global War: The International Committee of the Red Cross in WWI
Young Researcher Presentation: Adam Ohnesorge (University of Zurich): The forgotten civilian prisoners and Swiss peace mission in Corsica during the Great War
11:45 – Panel II: A question of perspective – Soundscapes and Time Frames.
- Dr. Yaron Jean (Sapir College, Negev, Israel): The Sounds of the Invisible: Warfare Technology, Obliteration and Global Wars
- Sarah Laufs (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf): Rethinking the Time-Frames of the Great War – Ruptures, Continuities and German Wartime Experiences
13:40 – Panel III: Global Switzerland.
- Dr. Peter Fleer (Swiss Federal Archives Berne): Archives and Issues of the First World War – Doing Research in the Swiss Federal Archives
- PD Dr. Daniel Marc Segesser (University of Bern): From Bregenz via Turkestan to Solothurn: Military Migration in the First World War in transnational Perspective
- Dr. Michael Olsansky (MILAK ETH): Between Military Diplomacy and Transnational Military Exchange: Swiss Officers in the Theaters of War of the First World War
- Nina Flurina Caprez (University of Fribourg): “When peace was difficult” – What the history of a monastery tells about World War I and its aftermath
15:50 – Panel IV: Migration in Wartime.
- Prof. Dr. Christian Koller (University of Zurich; Sozialarchiv): Intercontinental War Migration of French and British Colonial Troops
- Maria Ines Tato (CONICET – University of Buenos Aires – RavignaniInstitute / Superior School of War – Faculty of the Army – University of National Defense): Transnational solidarities: Immigrant communities in Argentina facing the Great War
- Dr. Konstantinos Karatzas (Research Fellow, Institute of International Economic Relations, Greece; London Center for Interdisciplinary Research): The Greek perspective: Migration, Imperial Dreams and TragedyDr.
- Shuang Wen (National University of Singapur): From Moral to Morale: The YMCA and the Chinese-Arab Laboureres in WWI
17:20 Break and Swiss Dinner
18:45 Keynote and Roundtable (History of Violence) – UZH Main Building, Room F-101
Opening Remarks by Dean Prof. Dr. Klaus Jonas (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich)
19:00 Keynote I Prof. Dr. Christian Gerlach (University of Bern): World War I within a global history of mass violence in the first third of the 20th century
19. 45 Roundtable. Chair: Prof. Dr. Philip Dwyer (Director of the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia): Mass Violence in the Beginning of the 20th century with Prof. Dr. Annette Becker (University of Nanterre, Paris), Prof. Dr. Christian Gerlach (University of Bern), Prof. Dr. Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle, Australia, and University of Zurich), Dr. Mark Jones (University College Dublin, Centre for War Studies)
Thursday, February 1
8:30 – Registration. Main building (KOL-F-117)
8:45 – Panel V: Networks, Intelligence and Secret Diplomacy.
- Matthew Kovac (University of Oxford): Traitors to the Crown: British Military Veterans in the IRA, 1918-1923
- Samuel Krug (FU Berlin): A global network for a global revolution? Transnational connections of German WWI propaganda
- Dr. Christian Stachelbeck (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr): Shadowman or Bureaucrat in uniform – Walter Nicolai and the German military intelligence service in WWI
- Jacopo Lorenzini (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Naples): Military élites go to war: Italy and Europe
10:50 – Panel VI: Alliance, Loyalty and Intervention.
- Sam Klein (University of St. Andrews): Coalition Politics and the Preparations for the Coup de Grâce
- Dr. William Thomas Allison (Georgia Southern University, USA): With Arms or Food? A Local View on the American Decision to Intervene in North Russia, 1918
- Dr. Takuma Melber (University of Heidelberg): « Alle Menschen werden Brüder » – German soldiers in Japanese war captivity and the First World War in Far East
- Tomáš Kykal (Military History Institute, Prague): Conflict of Conscience and Duty – Czechs in the First World War
- Aliaksandr Piahanau (University of Toulouse): A separate peace with Hungary? The Magyar peace feelers at the beginning of WWI (1914-1915)
13:30 – Panel VII: Transnational commemoration.
- Karla Vanraepenbusch (Université catholique de Louvain): Le Mémorial interallié, un ‘mémorial de la paix’ qui exprime cependant un refus de démobiliser les esprits)
- Stefan Kurz (HGM, University of Vienna): A common museum for a common army beyond the nation? The ‘k.u.k. Heeresmuseum’ in Vienna and its claim to represent a supranational Austro-Hungarian view on the First World War
- Prof. Dr. Georgi Verbeeck (Maastricht University and University of Leuven): Remembering the First World War in Belgium – From National to Global Perspectives.
- Anna Isaieva (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev): Visual representation of colonial troops in British and French commemoration projects of the Centennial of the Great War.
- Mateusz Mazzini (Polish Academy of Sciences): The 100 years of Today. Poland`s WWI commemorations and the meta-memory of independence.
15:50 – Keynote II: Prof. Dr. Maartje Abbenhuis (University of Auckland): Global war, global Switzerland: Neutrals at the heart of the First World War – KOL-F-101
17:00 – Panel: Neutrality and Diplomacy in the Global War.
- Dr. Michael Auwers (University of Antwerp): Away with Neutrality. The ‘Colonial’ Coup of Belgian Diplomacy during the First World War
- Elisabeth Marie Piller (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): The Great War and the Power of Neutrality: The Commission for Relief in Belgium and the Global Public ‘Conscience’
- Annalise Higgins (Trinity College, Cambridge): The international status of interoceanic canals after the First World War
18:40 – Keynote III: Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné (ETH Zurich): Cheering up Soldiers, educating Civilians: The transnational Activities of the Indian YMCA during the Great War (1914-1920)
19:30 Conference dinner (optional) in the Old Town
Friday, February 2
9:00 – Main building (KOL-F-117)
Keynote IV: Prof. Dr. Annette Becker (Université de Paris Nanterre): The Ordeal of Civilians in a Globalized World
10:00 – Panel IX: Religion and Diplomacy.
- Christoph Valentin (University of Münster): Between humanitarianism and own political interests. The politics of the Holy See during the First World War
- Dr. Maik Schmerbauch (University of Frankfurt): The Catholic Church and the German Revolution 1918-1919 in the view of the catholic press
- Joanna Simonow (ETH Zurich): Missionary Networks and the Global Response to Famine in India in the Wake of the First World War, c.1918-1925
- Dr. Martin Arndt (University of Zagreb): Jews between the Frontlines
11:20 – Panel X: From War to peace.
- Dr. Jasper M. Trautsch (University of Regensburg): The Significance of the First World War for the Conceptual History of the West
- Lukasz Mieszkowski (Imre Kertesz Kolleg, Jena): A Foreign Lady – The Polish Episode in the influenza pandemic of 1918.
- Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi): Terminating the war, conserving its trace: India 1918 – 1921.
- Dr. Ángel Alcalde (Center for the History of Global Development, Shanghai University): War Veterans as transnational actors – Veterans “Internationalisms” after World War I.
- Michaela Oberreiter (University of Vienna): The state structure of the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Austrian legal heritage
12:40 Lunch at Cafeteria of the University
14:00 – Keynote V: Prof. Dr. Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle and University of Zurich): “Istanbul in the 1910s: A central hub of diplomacy and global conflict”
15:00 – Panel XI: The Global Middle East – From Sideshow to Violent Epicenter.
- Remzi Cagatay Cakirlar (Leiden University): Édouard Herriot, a vanguard French Radical endorsing the Young Turks’ cause at the Dawn of the Great War.
- Dr. Jonathan Krause (King’s College London; University of Oxford): The Global Anticolonial Backlash, 1916-17.
- Carl-Leo Graf von Hohenthal (University of Freiburg): Ireland in Palestine? Jews, Arabs, Britons and new perspectives on the fight for the future of Mandate Palestine.
- Simona Berhe (University of Milan): From Colonial War to World War – Lybia during the First World War.
- Sebastian Willert (TU Berlin): Cultural Imperialism versus Protectionism? On the role of the Deutsch-türkische Denkmalschutz-Kommando during the First World War.
17:10 – Panel XII: A New Order – International Law and International Relations.
- Arno Barth (Duisburg-Essen University): „Nothing should be left to chance“ – Regulatory Models of Western Peace Planning.
- Dr. Aimé Raoul Sumo Tayo (Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroun): Finir un conflit: les modalités de sortie de guerre en Afrique pendant la Première Guerre Mondiale.
- Dr. Jan Pajor (University of Lodz): The United States and China’s entry into WWI.
- Prof. Dr. Michael Neiberg (US Army War College): America’s Road to War, 1914-1917.
Final Comments and Discussion.
Optional dinner in the Old Town with city tour