CFP: The Pacific War 1941-5: Legacies, Heritage, Culture
5-7 December 2011, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on the cultural, social and political implications of the Pacific War, and to stimulate debate about the war’s impact, legacies and continuing resonances.
Papers are invited which explore the following themes:
– The commemoration, remembrance and representation of the Pacific War in heritage sites, museums, monuments, battlefield tours, ceremonial occasions and key anniversaries;
– War crimes trials and the questions of justice, apologies, reparations and compensation claims;
– Decolonisation, independence movements and counter-insurgencies;
– Repatriations, home-comings and returns
– Cultural productions focused on the impact and legacy of the war, including literature, theatre, film and television series;
– Relationships between former colonial powers, the US and USSR, Commonwealth nations such as Australia and New Zealand, Japan and new, independent Asian nations in the post-colonial world.
– Contested histories and historiographies of Japanese imperialism, the Pacific War and its aftermath;
– Teaching the legacies of the Pacific War in schools and universities
If you would like to offer a paper, please send a brief, 1-page CV and title and proposal of 200 words to the conference organisers by 1 August 2011.
Successful proposals will receive notification by 15 August 2011.