Events,  WW1 Centenary Events

CFP: Pack Up Your Troubles. Performance Cultures in the First World War

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th April 2016, University of Kent

Gateways to the First World War, an AHRC-funded centre for public engagement with the centenary of 1914-1918, is pleased to announce a conference Pack Up Your Troubles: Performance Cultures in the First World War to be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th April 2016. 

From the popular to elite, amateur to professional, a wide range of performative genres had a significant impact on the fighting spirit of servicemen and civilians in all combatant countries. Yet this vital area of the conflict has yet to be subject to in-depth academic attention. This conference will explore a variety of performance cultures in all theatres of war, on the home and fighting fronts, 1914-1918, seeking to extend the breadth and depth of our knowledge of this important area of First World War studies.

A combination of keynotes, panel sessions, workshops and performances will feature work on a broad range of wartime subjects including music, music hall, theatre, cinema and dance. 

  • What role did music, cinema and theatre play in the lives of servicemen and women, and civilians, in Britain and other combatant nations?
  • How did wartime restrictions (ideological, economic and material) alter the nature of performance between 1914 and 1918?
  • In what ways did theatres, cinemas, music halls respond to the war effort?
  • What were the therapeutic uses of music and theatre?
  • How were the tensions between entertainment and high art played out during the war, and what were the post-war consequences for the entertainment industries?

Proposals to a maximum of 300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration are invited for submission to by Friday 16th October 2015. 

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