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

**Wednesday 27**^{th} – Friday 29^{th} April 2016, University of Kent

^{th}– Friday 29

^{th}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 27**^{th}** – Friday 29**^{th}** 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 gateways@kent.ac.uk by Friday 16^{th} October 2015.** **

For more information please contact gateways@kent.ac.uk.

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