An Interdisciplinary Conference Mobile, Alabama, 27-29 March 2014.

The past several decades have seen an explosion of scholarly interest in the subject of war and gender. At the same time, the study of collective or cultural memory, especially in connection with armed conflict, has become a veritable cottage industry.

This conference seeks to bring these two areas of intensive study into dialogue with each other, exploring the complex ways in which gender shapes war memory and war memory shapes gender. Comprised of a select number of presentations (so that all participants will be able to hear every paper), together with a keynote address by Professor Jennifer Haytock (SUNY-Brockport) and a panel discussion featuring women military veterans, the conference will address multiple conflicts and nationalities from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of War and Memory and the Gender Studies Program at the University of South Alabama, “War, Memory, and Gender” will be held in the History Museum of Mobile, a beautiful structure located in the heart of the city’s scenic and historic downtown. Restaurants in the downtown area will host receptions for conference registrants, and a downtown hotel (to be announced) will offer a block of rooms at a reduced rate.

Local attractions include Alabama Gulf-Coast beaches, the USS Alabama Memorial Park on Mobile Bay, the African-American Heritage Trail, the Bellingrath mansion and gardens, the Blakeley Civil War battlefield, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, and the charming nearby towns of Daphne and Fairhope. Interested scholars should email a 350-word proposal, along with a CV, to conference co-directors Martha Jane Brazy ([email protected]) and Steven Trout ([email protected]) before 15 October 2013.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Remembering male and/or female bodies at war
  • War propaganda and gender
  • Women and forgotten conflicts
  • Gender, Race, and War
  • Women of color and war memory
  • Sexuality and War
  • Restoring women to the so-called Greatest Generation
  • Women and veterans’ organisations
  • The Vietnam War and the crisis of American masculinity
  • Remembering women combatants
  • Women as custodians of war memory
  • War, gender, and grief
  • Gender, war, and modernism(s)
  • Male and female war films
  • Women writers, male war stories
  • Medicine, war, and gender
  • LGBTQ memories of war
  • Trauma and gendered memory
  • Women artists/architects and public war memorials
  • Gender and military video games
  • Gender and historical writing about war
  • Gender and war re-enactment

Martha Jane Brazy
Associate Professor of History Director of Gender Studies University of South Alabama
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