IN WAR (DIARIES) – SOLDIERS EXPERIENCING THE GREAT WAR. CROSSED PERSPECTIVES ON THE TRENCHES TROUGHOUT THE SOLDIERS’ WAR DIARIES

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IN WAR (DIARIES) – SOLDIERS EXPERIENCING THE GREAT WAR. CROSSED PERSPECTIVES ON THE TRENCHES TROUGHOUT THE SOLDIERS’ WAR DIARIES

FIELD OF INTEREST AND CANDIDATES’ PROFILE
Contemporary Literature, Italian Studies, Philology, Language History, Contemporary History, Cultural History, War studies. This call is open to scholars, e.g. PhD candidates, post-docs and researchers, as well as to practitioners in the field of cultural studies.
AIM OF THE VOLUME
This volume aims at giving a polycentric perspective on the perception of war, by taking into consideration the war diaries of those soldiers who were actively engaged in the Great War’s conflict. Particularly, this volume wants to give voice to the most representative passages of the war diaries, possibly unedited, accompanying them with a short introduction and a comment. Contributions can consider a specific war diary, taken into account because of its relevance on the national and geographical level, choose a specific section and outline – on that basis – one of the research topics listed below.
NATURE OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS
Critical analyses on any relevant passages of the war diaries will be accepted. Mostly, this volume is going to collect those comments on the war diaries dealing with the human being’s contradictions, frustration and disillusion in front of the Great War. This call accepts themes such as illusion, sensorial disillusion, soldiers’ sensorial characters and bodies, ideals, irony on the official war propaganda, as well as themes complementary to these ones.
LAYOUT OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS
A short introduction to the topic and to the war diary (10.000 characters long) can open the contribution, together with a bibliography and a biography. The maximum length of the contribution, including the passage chosen from the war diary involved, can go up to 30.000 characters.
APPLICATIONS: TIMELINE AND DEADLINES The submission of the abstracts is foreseen for November 15th, 2015. Each abstract must be one page long and must be sent, together with a short biography (150 words long), to ilaria@iodeposito.org. Please, specify “Application Abstract – War diaries” as object of your e-mail. The admission of abstracts will be communicated only to the selected contributors by November, 20th 2015. The submission of contributions is due for December, 20th 2015 to the same e-mail address (ilaria@iodeposito.org). Please, specify “Contribution – War diaries – Name and Surname” as object of your email. Contributors, whose paper is selected, will be informed before January, 31st 2016. The edited volume will be published in March/April 2016.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSOCIATION AND OF THE EDITED VOLUME
Founded in 2009 with the aim of contributing to the advancement of the cultural welfare and of the young people’s cultural well-being in the North-East of Italy, IoDeposito NGO (www.iodeposito.org) works nowadays on an international scale together with a network of partners from Italy and the World (Museums, Universities, Academy, Public Institutions). It has involved around one hundred thousand people in its projects (workshops, laboratories, cultural events, conferences, publications). Mostly, it has developed a unique expertise in the organisation of artistic and cultural events as well as in the research field dealing with the theme of memories and memoirs and the First World War. Committed to the analysis of the heritage that has connected the First World War to our everyday life, this association has decided to promote the publication of a volume of papers revolving around the theme of war diaries within the first global conflict. The main goal of the edited volume, which will be published both in Italian and in English, is to investigate war diaries as a source of memories of the Great War and to use these important testimonies as a symbol of great humanity, in contrast with the usual stereotyped image of the war as a proclaimed value. The main aim of this investigation is thus to give relevance to the single human beings’ real perceptions, despite their role as soldiers.
For further information, please contact: ilaria@iodeposito.org | info@iodeposito.org | www.iodeposito.org

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