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After Wars

What happens when the roar of battle and the clash of arms at last die down? The aftermath of any war presents problems and challenges of a different order than the imperative of victory during the conflict. This seminar brings a comparative humanistic approach to the entire problem of what happens after wars, which remains a crucial question in our own contemporary world. This is also a topic which is now being fully engaged in different fields of humanistic scholarship, from history to literary studies. We confront key questions about how the aftermath of war has been shaped at different times and in different places in the distant and more recent past.

Spring 2017

  • Friday, January 27, 2017 
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Prof. Don Hickey
    Wayne State College, Nebraska
    “Forgotten Conflict: Why Historians Should Pay Attention to the War of 1812”
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Josh Jeffery, Doctoral Student in U.S. History
    “Losing My Religion: The Effect of World War I on the Theology of the Stone-Campbell Movement”
  • Monday, February 6, 2017
    12:15-1:15 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Robert Rennie
    “Privileged Killers: The Role of Violence in First World War German Aviation”  

Not part of the AfterWars Seminar series, but of great interest to participants:

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
    5:30 pm
    AMB 210
    Dr. Chad Williams
    Brandeis University
    “Torchbearers of Democracy: The History and Legacy of African American Soldiers in World War I”
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    12:15-1:15 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Max Matherne
    "'Political Warfare' in the Early Republic: War Memory and the Military Idiom of Jacksonian Democracy" 
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Andrew Cohen
    Syracuse University
    “Contraband: Smuggling, Nationalism, and the U.S. Civil War”
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    James Hudson
    “WW II in China: Important Questions and Debates” 
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm
    Humanities Center - E308 Melrose Hall
    Book Discussion of Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging with Eliza Echeverry
    [please see Dr. Liulevicius to get a copy of Junger’s book in advance]

Fall 2016

  • Monday, September 12, 2016
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Hoskins seminar space
    Dr. Andrew White, Director of the UT Aerospace and Defense Business Institute
    Haslam College of Business
    "Reflections on 9/11: Wartime Military-Media Relations in the Information Age"
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Hoskins Library, 2d Floor (outside the Center for the Study of War and Society)
    Professor George Liber
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    "Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954"
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    4:00 p.m.
    E102 Melrose Hall
    Dr. Sidney Lu
    Assistant Professor of History
    University of Tennessee Chattanooga,

    "Colonizing Hokkaido and the Origin of Japanese Colonial Expansion and Trans-Pacific migration, 1869-1894."
  • Monday, March 30, 2015
    4:00 p.m.
    Haslam Business Bldg., Room 303
    Carol Lilly

    Professor of History and Director of International Studies
    University of Nebraska Kearney

    "What Did They Die For?: Grave Markers from the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1991-1995"
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    12:00 p.m.
    Dr. Michael McConnell
    Lecturer, Department of History
    "'Bandit Country': Nazi Security Violence between East and West, 1939-1945"
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    12:00 p.m.
    Dr. Thomas Lecaque
    Lecturer, Department of History
    "Marching to Apocalypse: The Provencal First Crusade, the Cult of the Holy Lance, and Apocalyptic Anxiety during the Siege of Jerusalem in 1099"
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    3:00 p.m.
    Professor Dovile Budryte
    Georgia Gwinnett College
    "Gendered Aspects of Irregular Wars and Related Memories"
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Professor Alison Vacca, Department of History, leads discussion of research implications of Michael Bonner's Jihad in Islamic History 
  • Monday, April 25, 2016
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Professor Martin Griffin
    Department of English
    "Easter 1916 – Poetry, Rebellion, and Conformity in Irish Memory"

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