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The Many Faces of War V: Veterans and History Conference

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Join us at the museum as we host "The Many Faces of War V: Veterans and History Conference". This conference is organized by the SDSU School of American and Global Studies. The cost for the conference registration is $25 and banquet tickets are $50 each.

The study of warfare is often restricted to the sphere of military history and rarely allowed to transcend the artificial boundaries of historical study, namely those limited by geography and periodization. Throughout the ages war has had the greatest impact, not on the political elite who declare wars but on those who fight and die and their families and friends. This annual interdisciplinary conference aims to address both the experience and impact of war for those fighting as well as for those on the periphery of combat.

October 17 Schedule of Events

8:45 - 9:00 AM: Welcome - Lynn  Sargeant, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

9:00 - 10:30 AM: Ancient Warfare 1: Writing Ancient War: Narrative Agency and Revisionism in Military History

Chair: Graham Wrightson

Near Eastern Military Empires and the Origins of Fake News in the Ancient World - Jenn Finn, Marquette University.

Hoplite Superiority and Narrative Focalization in Herodotus’ Histories - Jeffrey Rop, University of Minnesota Duluth.

 “A Friendly Wall”: Reassessing the Utility and Success of Elephants in the Diadoch Wars (322-281) - Jenna Rice, University of Missouri-Columbia.

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Coffee and pastries

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Roman and Medieval Warfare

Chair: Graham Wrightson

The Virgin and the wall. Byzantium and the war: mite and miracle - Antonio Pio Di Cosmo, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma

Was There a Military Revolution in Late Antiquity? – Conor Whately, University of Winnipeg

Vincere est totum? The Roman attitude toward military defeat - Fabrizio Biglino, Department of Classics at Royal Holloway

12:15 - 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 - 2:45 PM: Trauma and Care

Chair: Larry Tritle

"Where'er we go they fear the name of Garryowen in Glory": Violence and Trauma among Irish Immigrants and Native Americans during the Plains Wars - Conor Joseph Donnan, University of Pennsylvania

Gendered Spaces, Healing Spaces: War Writing in the Scottish Women's Hospitals - Alethea Norris Seymour and the Girton-Newnham unit of the Scottish Women's Hospitals - Anika Jensen, University of South Alabama

"Fear of Flying": Flight Disorders in World War II – Jorden Pitt, Texas Christian University

The Long-Term Effects of World War II Traumatic Experiences - Michal Myck (CENEA) and Giacomo Pasini (Universita Ca' Foscari), Radim Bohacek

2:45 - 3:00 PM: Afternoon Tea

3:00 - 5:00 PM: War Correspondence

Chair: Tom Palaima

Between the Pen and the Gun: The Dilemmas of Chinese Literary Figures during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45) - Yip Yuk Lum Jennifer, University of Pennsylvania

The “Hank” “Frank” Letters: General Officer Correspondence during the Korean War - John L. Minney, Air Command and Staff College

From Bavaria to the Eastern Front: A Pictorial and Personal Narrative of the German Experience during WWII – Danielle Van Wagner, University of Toronto Library

The Stories They Told: Wartime Journalists and tales of Heroism - Dustin Gann, Midland University

5:00 - 5:10 PM: Tea and Coffee

5:10 - 6:40 PM: (Breaking) The rules and logistics of War

Chair: Larry Tritle

The Politics of Mobilization in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts - Neal T. Dugre, University of Houston-Clear Lake

 “Crossing Lines, Breaking Rules: PFC Guy Gabaldon, the ‘Pied Piper of Saipan’” - Damien O’Connell

Blackhawks and Tridents – Paul Cook, Temple University

7:00 PM: Shuttle bus to banquet location departs

7:30 - 9:30 PM: Banquet

8:00 - 9:30 PM: Keynote - Lawrence Tritle – “The Beast War”


October 18 Schedule of Events

8:30 - 10:30 AM: Media and Architecture of War

Chair: Tom Palaima

Desperate Glory: Wilfred Owen and the Grim Reality of WWI - Bianca L. Beronio, Texas State University

Assimilation and Its Critics: U.S Army Ethnic Soldiers and Singing during WWI - Alex Paul, University of Houston

Concepts of American Nationalism and the Architecture of William Steele – Jordan Houchins, Sioux City Public Museums

A Water Burial: Representations of Suicide in War Literature and Film – Jason McEntee, SDSU

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Coffee and Pastries

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Ancient Warfare 2: Macedonian Military Leadership

Chair: Graham Wrightson

The so-called Mutiny at the Hyphasis Revisited: Propaganda and Military Leadership – Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary

The Father of the Army: Alexander and the Epigoni – Ed Anson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A New Chronology for Seleucus Nicator’s Wars from 311–308 BCE – John McTavish, Cornell University

12:15 - 1:30 PM: Lunch with Panel Discussion – Veterans and History, History and Veterans

Panelists: Larry Tritle, Dan Powers, Jordan Houchins, John Minney, Paul Cook.

Chair: Jason McEntee, Head of English Department, SDSU

1:30 - 3:00 PM: Africa

Chair: Tom Palaima

‘’From Combatants to Contractors’’: The Role Played by War Veterans in the Development of Post-War Societies in Southern Rhodesia (Colonial Zimbabwe), C.1919-1939 - Anotida Chikumbu, University of Zimbabwe

Remembering Zimbabwe’s War of liberation through memories of August 1979 Mushayi Battle, Gutu, Zimbabwe - Joshua Chakawa & Rudolf Nyandoro

Voices of Protest: Austerity, Regulations, and Social Protest in Nigeria During the Second World War - Chima J Korieh

3:00 - 3:15 PM: Afternoon Tea

3:15 - 4:45 PM: Ancient Warfare 3: Changing Traditions and the Fourth Century BCE

Chair: Graham Wrightson

From Marginal to Pivotal: Ephebes in Fourth-Century BCE Athens - John Friend, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

The growing mercenary tradition in the early Fourth Century BCE Greek World – Dan Powers, University of Nebraska Omaha

Use of Art and Religion in Commemorating the Macedonian War Dead - Fred S. Naiden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4:45 - 5:00 PM: Tea and Coffee

5:00 - 6:00 PM: Closing Keynote – Tom Palaima - “What do war stories...?”

Chair: Jason McEntee, Head of English Department, SDSU

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 – Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 8:45 am – 6:00 pm Agricultural Heritage Museum

Building Access Directions

The Agricultural Heritage Museum is fully accessible. The front entrance to the museum is located on the south side of the building (11th St. side) and is handicap accessible.

Parking Information

Our visitor parking lot is located on the left/west side of the museum. If those spots are filled, additional parking is located in the lot behind/north of the museum (Lot 114). There are handicap accessible spots in both lots.

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