Wednesday, November 21, 2012

International Centennial Conference at the National World War I Museum


An International Centennial Planning Conference: March 22-24, 2013

The National World War I Museum is honored to host the International Centennial Planning Conference on World War I in the spring of 2013.
This 3-day conference will provide a unique opportunity for participants to conduct preliminary discussions, formulate commemorative plans and encourage collaborative initiatives for the Centennial. Guests will include ambassadors, representatives of consular offices, scholars, museum professionals, film producers, and heritage specialists from around the world.

Attendees will network and build relationships that may serve as the foundation for coordinating a variety of international initiatives. Panel and roundtable discussions will be conducted with featured remarks from acclaimed professors and noted historians throughout the Conference.
Keynote speakers include Annette Becker, Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Michael S. Neiberg, and Sophie de Schaepdrijver Thorp.


Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit a short written summary of initial plans and projects for the Centennial which will be shared electronically at the Conference. This information should be no more than 1,000 words and is due no later than March 1, 2013. Send information to and title the email “Centennial Plans.”


As the Centennial approaches, the need to re-examine what many consider a forgotten war is crucial, as is the exploration of the war as an international event shaping the 21st century. Such consideration is intended to provide methods for institutions around the world to enhance understanding of the truly global nature of this conflict.

The National World War I Museum invites participation proposals from those individuals and organizations involved academically, politically and socially with the international commemoration of the First World War. Proposals may include papers, panels and roundtables. See below for specific details on opportunities.

Please email all proposals to Curator of Education Lora Vogt at Include with your proposal the title, presenter’s name(s), email address and institutional affiliation. Notification of all accepted proposals will be emailed by the dates listed. All attachments should be sent in .doc format.

Individuals chosen for panels and roundtables will have their conference registration fee waived or refunded.

Individual/Co-author Paper Proposals
Please submit abstracts, no longer than 500 words, describing original completed scholarship to be considered for an electronic publication to be provided at the conference. Please title the email “Paper Proposal Submission.”  Include a one page CV for author(s). Please title your document “Yourlastname_Abstract_WWI_2013.doc”. Individual paper proposals will receive a blind review by an international scholar board.

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, January 7, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Friday, February 8, 2013

Completed papers due: Monday, March 4, 2013
Panel Proposals

Submit a summary, no longer than 250 words, of the focus and purpose of the panel and how it contributes to the conference objective. Provide a one page CV for the panel chair, along with the names of the panelists and a title for the panel and a 30 to 50 word description of your proposal to be used for promotional purposes. Panels should be prepared to allow at least 25 minutes for questions and answers. Please title the email “Panel Proposal Submission.”
Submission deadline:  Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Notification of acceptance: Friday, December 28, 2012
Roundtable Discussions

A roundtable should include 4 or 5 participants and provide an overview of a current issue or element regarding the Centennial of the Great War or its commemoration. Participants should not prepare or read a paper but engage the audience in an active discussion. Please submit a proposal, no longer than 250 words, describing the specific issue(s) to be addressed, precise enough to indicate the scope and intent of the discussion and the title of the roundtable. Also include a 30 to 50 word description of your proposal to be used for promotional purposes. Please title the email “Panel Roundtable Submission.”

Submission deadline:  Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Notification of acceptance: Friday, December 28, 2012

*Please note that a moderator will help guide discussions during all panel and roundtable discussions.*

Early registration is $275.

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