Call for Papers: Changing Perspectives on Resistance during the Second World War

Call for Papers: Changing Perspectives on Resistance during the Second World War

From 18 to 20 September 2024, the Department of History of the University of Antwerp will host an international conference on the history of resistance during the Second World War.

Almost eighty years after the end of the Second World War and after the resistance to the fascist and nazi occupiers emerged from its shadows, this conference aims to unite the wealth of perspectives and insights generated by resistance historiography during these past decades. Submissions may involve national, local or transnational research, encompass comparative studies and microhistory, and investigate the role of gender or class in the resistance, focusing on specific individuals, activities or events. The organizing committee explicitly encourages paper proposals that go beyond these perspectives to critically examine the concept of resistance. Considering the objective to perceive the Second World War as a global conflict, they also encourage paper proposals addressing resistance outside German-occupied Europe, e.g., on the resistance against the Italian occupation of Albania or the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, or on internal resistance within these occupying powers against their fascist and nazi authorities.

With keynote speeches by prof. Claire Andrieu (Sciences Po), dr. Jelena Batinic (Stanford University), prof. Emmanuel Debruyne (UCLouvain), prof. em. Paula Schwartz (Middlebury College) and prof. Ismee Tames (Utrecht University).

Scientific committee: prof. Koen Aerts (Ghent University), prof. Marnix Beyen (University of Antwerp), Michèle Corthals (University of Antwerp), prof. Emmanuel Debruyne (UCLouvain), prof. Pieter Lagrou (Université libre de Bruxelles), prof. Roschanack Shaery-Yazdi (University of Antwerp), Babette Weyns (Ghent University), dr. Nico Wouters (State Archives of Belgium).

The deadline for paper proposals is 15 March 2024.

Submissions should include name, primary affiliation, paper title, a 250-400 word abstract, and a short bio.
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Read the full CfP here