*Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century*

One-Day Conference

27 May 2017

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Durham University, UK

CFP Deadline: 31 January 2017

Conference Website:

Keynote Address: John Morgan O’Connell (Cardiff University)

*Call for Papers: *

The ‘long nineteenth century’—from Hobsbawm’s ‘Age of Revolution’ beginning
in 1774, through the ‘Age of Empire’ and end of the First World War in
1918—witnessed a multitude of military conflicts and wars that shaped and
reshaped identities, communities, nations, and empires. While individuals’
and nations’ artistic responses to these wars have been well documented by
those working in art history, musicology, ethnomusicology, and literature,
such work tends to operate exclusive of each other. Often it focuses on the
specifics of artistic activities and outputs of individuals and groups
rather than seeking out theoretical principles by which to conceptualise
artistic practices, responses, and discourses during war. As this
conference seeks to explore, healing is one such conceptual model for arts
and conflict which can bridge regional and disciplinary foci within the
arts and humanities, while simultaneously engaging with medical humanities,
social science, and the history of medicine.

This conference will investigate the ways in which the arts—materially,
sonically, and aesthetically—promoted, transformed, and negated experiences
of healing for soldiers, civilians, and communities between 1774 and
1918 across
European Empires, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. We consider ‘healing’ in
terms of both the physical and psychological, occurring at personal and
inter- and intra-cultural levels. Participants from a range of disciplinary
perspectives are welcome.

For suggested topics and abstract submission information, please see the
conference website (above) or send inquiries to michelle.meinhart -at-

 This conference is supported by Durham University’s Centre for
Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for Medical Humanities, and Centre for
Death and Life Studies, along with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.


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