Bringing Conflict Home

‘Bringing Conflict Home’ is a two-day conference to be held on 11-12 May 2017 at the University of York. It will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine how conflict permeates the domestic sphere. Whereas the term ‘home’ is commonly associated with familiarity and safety, ‘conflict’ evokes the opposite sense. War often enters the home as quotidian lived experience; critics such as Mary A. Favret address the concept of ‘wartime’ as a distinct and culturally-constructed temporality. Conflict enforces migration; it creates Diasporas and exiles, in turn reorienting our imaginative perception of home.

‘Bringing Conflict Home’ aims to bridge past and present by inviting paper proposals with a historical perspective as well as a contemporary one.

Topics for papers can include, but are not limited to:

– Temporal configurations of home during times of crisis and conflict; spatial configurations of home across cartographies of migration, displacement, and Diaspora.

– Artistic and literary representations of soldiers who have returned home from conflict.

– War fatigue, Shell shock, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – more broadly, the psychological effects of conflict on both soldiers and civilians.

– Narratives of war: how these have been shaped and appropriated to produce cultural – indeed national – identities.

– Artefacts and spoils of war: how these have been introduced to or affected domestic contexts.

–  Thresholds, both physical and conceptual: where do the boundaries lie between conflict and domesticity? How does conflict invade the domestic sphere, and how does the domestic sphere in turn respond, appropriate, and manage conflict?

– How does war affect traditional gender relations within the domestic space? Do bellicose contexts perpetuate or challenge traditionally gendered understandings of domesticity?

We are delighted to announce that we can already confirm two keynote speakers for ‘Bringing Conflict Home’,  Dr Catriona Kennedy (Director, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York) and Lieutenant General Robin Brims.