Death of Empires: A Multidisciplinary conference on World War 1

Saturday at Daemen College:
Death of Empires:
A Multidisciplinary Conference
on World War I
Daemen College
September 19, 2015
Nikifor, The General, n.d., watercolor,
pencil, paper. Courtesy of Jacek Frączak.
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RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
All panels are in RIC 120
(Research & Information Commons)
8:15-10:00am Session 1:
The Great War and Historical Memory
Keeping the Lost Empire Alive in Nazi Germany
(Willeke Sandler, Loyola University)
Gun Smoke in Lettow’s Jungle: German East Africa Between
the Wars (Thomas Pennington, New York University)
Remembering an Ottoman War: The Great War and the ‘Other’
in Modern Turkey (Pheroze Unwalla, York University)
Chair & Comment by Penny Messinger (Daemen College)
10:15am-Noon Session 2:
The War at Home: British and American
Women’s World War I Fiction
Larsen’s Brian Redfield: The African American War Veteran in
Passing (Jennifer Haytock, College at Brockport, SUNY)
‘Food is a Weapon’: From Farming to Fighting in Willa Cather’s
One of Ours (Stacy Hubbard, University at Buffalo, SUNY)
‘Not intimate enough a contact’: Sensory Experience in The
Return of the Soldier (Hannah Fogerty, University at Buffalo,SUNY)
‘This Is Not Fanciful’: Gertrude Stein’s Ambulance Work in
the Great War (Christopher Leslie, New York University)
Chair & Comment by Charlie Wesley (Daemen College)
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Noon-1:00pm Luncheon
Wick Center, Alumni Lounge
1:00-2:15pm Keynote Address
Wick Center, Social Room
2:30-4:00pm Session 3:
Untold Stories of an Empire in Peril:
Belgium and Its Colony during World War I
Untold Stories: Invading Homes. Billeting in Belgium’s
Etappengebiet (1914-1918). A Story of Living in Harmony?
(Sebastiaan Vanderbogaerde, Ghent University)
‘We did not go to war for Congo, but for Belgium’.
Congolese Soldiers and Carriers facing the First World War
(Enika Ngongo, Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles)
Untold stories: Cohabitating with the Allies.
Canadian troops on the Ypres Salient (1915-1918)
(Nathalie Tousignant, Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles)
Chair & Comment by Andrew Kier Wise (Daemen College)
4:15-5:45pm Session 4:
The Birth of a New World Order
Gender and Nation or Nation and Gender? Wincenta Tarnawska
as a Case Study from the Periphery of World War I
(Tomasz Pudłocki, Jagiellonian University)
From Buffalo to Moscow: Anna and Boris Reinstein and the
Socialist Response to the First World War
(Penny Messinger and Andrew Kier Wise, Daemen College)
A Document to End all Freedom of Movement: World War I
and the Birth of the Modern Passport System
(Yaron Jean, University of Haifa)
Chair & Comment by Hamish Dalley (Daemen College)
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7:30-8:30pm Performance
Alumni Lounge, Wick Center
“THE ROSE THAT GROWS IN NO MAN'S LAND”
A staged reading of women’s wartime writing by
Buffalo’s Red Thread Theatre Company.
Red Thread Theatre is dedicated to supporting and
expanding women's artistic contributions to Buffalo Theatre
and the WNY community. More information may be found at
www.redthreadtheatre.info.
JOSEPHINE HOGAN, LAURA MIKOLAJCZYK and
JESSICA WEGRZYN present a staged reading of letters
and diary entries by women during World War One.
Piano: GRIFFIN KRAMER
Nurses, workers, mothers, wives and sweethearts documented
The Great War on the home front, in the hospitals of
France, and in ships at sea. These letters and diaries provide
a commentary both on “the war to end all wars” and on the
ways in which the roles and rights of women became transformed
between 1914 and 1918.
Josephine Hogan is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional
union for actors and stage managers in the USA.
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KEYNOTE ADDRESS
1:00-2:15pm | Wick Center, Social Room
DR. ROBERT BLOBAUM
“THE COLLAPSE OF EMPIRES: THE VIEW FROM
WARSAW (POLAND) DURING WORLD WAR I”
In his lecture, Dr. Blobaum will discuss the collapse of first
Russian and then German imperial power in 1915 and 1918
respectively from the perspective of the Warsaw street. He will
also address the existential catastrophe that confronted Warsaw’s
resident population as a consequence of the war between the
empires that had dominated Poland since the partitions. In
the process Professor Blobaum will highlight other important
themes, including the continuity of local Polish and Jewish
elites in the war’s political transitions, the role of women on
the Warsaw home front, and how the Great War has figured in
memory and memorialization of the war in the Polish capital.
Robert Blobaum is the Eberly Family
Distinguished Professor of Modern
European History at West Virginia
University. He has published several
books and dozens of articles on the
history of Poland in the twentieth
century, including Rewolucja: Russian
Poland, 1904-1907 (Cornell University
Press, 1995), winner of the Oskar
Halecki Prize for the best book on
Polish history published in that year. His current book project
explores everyday life in Warsaw during the First World War.
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ONGOING
“Little Empires: Toy Soldiers during
the Great War, 1914-1918”
An exhibit of antique military-themed toys, on display
all day in the Research & Information Commons.
This collection of toy soldiers made in Germany, Britain, France and
the USA during World War I explores ways in which toy manufacturers
represented the war to children on the home front. The exhibit features
toys from the private collection of Dr. Robert Waterhouse.
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Noon-10:00pm Exhibit of Paintings by Nikifor (1895-1968)
Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery,
Haberman Gacioch Arts Center
Conference attendees are invited to visit the exhibit of
50 artworks by Nikifor (also known as Epifaniy Drovnyak,
Epifaniusz Drowniak, or Nikifor Krynicki), from the spa town
of Krynica in the Lemko region of southeastern Poland.
Nikifor, Nikifor on a Walk, n.d., watercolor,
pencil, paper. Courtesy of Jacek Frączak.
Nikifor was a self-taught artist whose works are regarded as some
of the finest examples of naïve (primitive) art of the twentieth
century. Nikifor was greatly affected by World War I, which reshaped
the political map in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire where he
was born. Professor Jacek Fraczak (Missouri State University)
organized the exhibition, which includes artworks from his family’s
private collection and the Alfons Karny Museum of Sculpture in
Białystok, Poland.
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OVERVIEW
Research Presentations|8:15am-12:00pm|RIC 120
8:15-10:00am Session 1: The Great War and Historical Memory
10:15am-Noon Session 2: The War at Home: British and American
Women’s World War I Fiction
L u ncheon|Noon-1:00pm|Wick Center, Alumni Lounge
Keynote Address|1:00-2:15pm|Social Room, Wick Center
Dr. Robert Blobaum, “The Collapse of Empires: The View from
Warsaw (Poland) During World War I”
Research Presentations|2:30-5:45pm|RIC 120
2:30-4:00pm Session 3: Untold Stories of an Empire in Peril:
Belgium and Its Colony during World War I
4:15-5:45pm Session 4: The Birth of a New World Order
Performance|7:30-8:30pm|Wick Center, Alumni Lounge
“THE ROSE THAT GROWS IN NO MAN’S LAND”
Exhibition|All Day|Research and Information Commons
“Little Empires: Toy Soldiers during the Great War, 1914-1918”
The Nikifor Exhibit: Paintings by Nikifor (1895-1968)|Noon-10:00pm
Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery, Haberman Gacioch Arts Center
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The conference and exhibition organizers gratefully acknowledge
the financial support that has made our events possible. Financial
sponsorship for the conference and the Nikifor exhibit has been
provided by Collegiate Village, with additional support by the Polish
Arts Club of Buffalo. We also deeply appreciate the support and
assistance provided by Ms. Pat Smith of the Office of Institutional Advancement.
The research presentations and Dr. Blobaum’s keynote address are presented
by the Department of English and the Department of History & Political Science.
The Nikifor exhibition is presented by Daemen’s Polish Studies Program and
the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The Red Thread Theatre reading
and the “Little Empires” toy exhibit are presented by the Department of Visual
and Performing Arts.
The conference organizing committee includes Dr. Andrew Wise and Dr. Penny
Messinger from Daemen’s History & Political Science Department; Dr. Hamish
Dalley and Dr. Nancy Marck from the English Department; Dr. Robert Waterhouse
of the Visual and Performing Arts Department; and Dr. Tomasz Pudlocki of
Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland), who is joining the History & Political
Science Department for the Fall 2015 semester as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.
Brochure design by Pamela Gorman, Publications Assistant.
For more information about the conference or any of the events, please
write to empires.conference@daemen.edu ** 

Date: 
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Location: 
Daemon College