appel à communications : Waterloo 1815-2015 ; York, 26-28 juin 2015 ; date limite de proposition : 20 mars 2015

Crofts_Ernest_The_Battle_Of_WaterlooCrofts Ernest, The Battle Of Waterloo,1875


Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York; National ArmyMuseum, London

26.06.2015-28.06.2015, York

Deadline: 20.03.2015


In June 2015 the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo will be marked by a series of major commemorative events in Belgium and across Europe. At the end of this eventful month the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York in co-operation with the National Army Museum will host a major international and interdisciplinary conference Waterloo: Representation and Memory, 1815-2015. The conference will not only focus on what (military) historians have written about the battle but will also engage with its broader impact on popular culture, literature, and art.


Waterloo is salient in European collective memory because it signifies the culmination of a twenty-three-year conflict that some consider the’first total war’ (David A. Bell) and set the stage for various other novel phenomena that included, but were not limited to, the rise of modern nationalism, imperialism, and mass tourism during the nineteenth century. In examining cultures of commemoration, the conference seeks to explore a theme that has come to define Waterloo like no other battle: the problem of representation. From the start opinions diverged as to who ultimately defeated Napoleon, yet the multinational team effort behind the allied victory created mnemonic convergences that would likewise shape European identities into the First World War.


Drawing together academics, broadcasters and museum curators, the conference organisers invite the submission of paper proposals that shed light on the ways in which entrepreneurs of memory made sense of Waterloo through different cultural media in the past and show how the relics of Europe’s warlike traditions inform heritage preservation/public history in the present.


Papers might explore:


Literary, artistic, theatrical, cinematic and televisual representations of Waterloo


The political uses of the battle


Waterloo and local, regional, and national identities


Waterloo veterans and cultures of commemoration


Waterloo and the military memoir


Waterloo in global memory


Waterloo tourism and souvenirs


Waterloo and the First World War


Children and Waterloo


Waterloo and the culture of battle re-enactment


Waterloo, military culture and the museum


Heritage management and Waterloo



Confirmed keynote speakers:


Prof Alan Forrest (University of York): ‘Contrasting Memories:

Remembering Waterloo in France and Britain’


Prof Phil Shaw (University of Leicester): ‘Missed Encounters: W.G. Sebald and the Literature of Waterloo’


Prof Jacques-Olivier Boudon (Université de Paris-Sorbonne) ‘Reflections

from St Helena: Waterloo through Napoleon’s Eyes’


Please send paper abstracts of no more than 300 words to:


Further information will be appearing at:

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