Bringing Conflict Home
Thursday 11 May 2017, 9.00AM to 5.00pm
Our conference 'Bringing Conflict Home' will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine how conflict permeates the domestic sphere. Whereas the term ‘home’ is commonly associated with familiarity and safety, ‘conflict’ evokes the opposite sense. War often enters the home as quotidian lived experience; critics such as Mary A. Favret address the concept of ‘wartime’ as a distinct and culturally-constructed temporality. Conflict enforces migration; it creates Diasporas and exiles, in turn reorienting our imaginative perception of home.
‘Bringing Conflict Home’ aims to bridge past and present by inviting paper proposals with a historical perspective as well as a contemporary one. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2017.
We are delighted to announce a very special addition to our conference: Harry Leslie Smith, 93-year-old Second World War veteran, writer, and political activist. Harry will speak about his own experience of conflict and homecoming, and participants of the conference will have the opportunity to engage with him in a Q&A followed by a wine reception at the York Army Museum. This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the museum; every attendee of our conference is warmly invited to join us for what promises to be an inspiring evening.
Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building