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Appel à communication pour le colloque international "The First World War from Tripoli to Mogadishu (1912-1924)" (Addis Ababa University, 30/09-1er/10/2016)

Le 18 janvier 2016 à 17h44

Appel à communication pour le colloque international
The First World War from Tripoli to Mogadishu (1912-1924)
Addis Ababa University, 30/09-1er/10/2016

Appel à communication jusqu’au 29 janvier 2016

"The idea that WWI has been a global conflict is commonly accepted by the scholarly community and it constitutes a real leitmotif of the most recent literature on this topic. As a consequence of this development, a number of scholars has started investigating the impact of WWI on Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and even Latin America.
Indeed, the Great War, as it is otherwise called, deserves to be remembered not just by the nations of Europe but also by the peoples of the rest of the world whose destinies were shaped by it or because of it. This includes the Middle Eastern countries and a number of German colonies in Africa. Historians have studied the course of the war in these parts and have established how much price was paid and what the enduring legacies were. The effects of the war on the countries of Northeast Africa has not been studied with as much depth. Nevertheless, the available documentation clearly reveals that the First World War indeed had an impact on the history of the region.
Historians have demonstrated that this big global event impacted on the economy of Eritrea, a colony of Italy, which had already sent thousands of its men to Libya where they fought a long colonial war that started before the global event but that fed into it. In the like manner, French Somaliland (the latter Djibouti) sent a military force, Le 1er Bataillon de tirailleurs somalis to the Front in France. British Somaliland, which had been a scene of a protracted religio-nationalist anticolonial movement long before the outbreak of the war, saw an active Ottoman engagement to get involved during the war. Ethiopia too found herself ensnared in the diplomatic tug-of-war between the two warring sides, which ended up profoundly affecting her political system in 1916. Did the war equally impact on its economy ? This remains to be investigated. In Egypt, Sa’d Zaglul and his Wafd party asked to represent Egypt at the Paris Peace Conference. The British refusal led to the revolution of 1919. A few years later, in 1924, the Sudan was engulfed in a similar confrontation. There is therefore a valid reason to hold a conference on the impacts of the First World War on the peoples of Northeast Africa."

Writing the history of WW1 from an African perspective remains the main ambition of this conference. The Global approach challenges the traditional center and periphery model. What we would like to suggest in this conference is the adoption of a combination of different scales of analysis : local, national and transnational. The goal of the conference is to bring together experts, academics, early-career historians and doctoral students from different disciplines to share new scholarly work and to enrich the history of WW1 in Africa and the Middle East.

We welcome proposals for papers dealing with the following :
 Political, diplomatic and military history
 Economic history of the war
 Social and cultural aspects of the war and its legacies
 Role of civilian society in the conflict
 Recovery of sources and memories of the war
 The war and its aftermath (anticolonial movements and nationalism)
 Representations of the war (newspapers, literature, music, movies, arts, oral traditions)
 Gendered understandings of the War


Applicants are encouraged to submit original work on the conference themes. To apply, please, send 500 words proposal for 20 minutes papers, inclusive of : paper title, a clear description of sources and methodology that will be used in the paper, and institutional affiliation. To the proposal should also be attached an academic CV.

Proposals must be sent to the following address :, no later than January 29 2016.

Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent via email to the presenting author by March 4 2016.

In that case you will be asked to submit a full paper (maximum 9 000 words including references) no later than July 4 2016.

A selection of the papers presented and discussed at the conference will be taken into consideration for publication as an edited volume.

The conference is organized by :
 Centre français des études éthiopiennes (CFEE), Addis Ababa
 University of Addis Ababa
 University of Macerata
 University of Pavia
 University of Roma Tre

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